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Demon Softball Starts the Season with a 13 Run No-Hitter

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am
Author: KCII Radio- Drew Shradel

The Demon softball team wasn’t playing games last night, as they hosted Columbus Junction for their season opener and ran away with the game.

To start the game, Kelsey Pretz took a pitch in the shoulder to make it to first and was the only base runner Columbus had all game. Tarah Bean laid down a bunt and moved Pretz into scoring position, but Ashley Rausch handled the next two batters with two strike outs of her six in the game.

The bottom of the first was a hitting showcase by the Demons. Chayse Jaspering led off with a first pitch of the game double, an error on the short stop put Stephanie Fishback on, and then deep drive by Rausch scored two. Another deep ball, this time by Redlinger was missed by centerfield and another runner got on on an error. Kolbi Breard hit an RBI single to score Redlinger, Morgan Brinning nailed a single that eventually led to a run being scored on a throwing error, and finally Lexi Redlinger got on by an error on the second baseman giving the Demons the 6-0 lead.

For the rest of the game for Columbus, they were three up, and three down. Washington scored just one in the second, and then a half dozen more in the third, ending the game early with a two-run shot by Grace Redlinger over the left field wall.

Demon head coach Angie Shrader was very happy after the offensive showcase her team showed.

“I really thought our bats were very alive tonight. You just never know, because you haven’t had a whole lot of live pitching, you haven’t had everyone getting a lot of swings. I mean we had kids gone with soccer and state track, and there were a lot of hits tonight that I thought were possibly going out, and there were some bombs that we hit,” Shrader said. “It’s not going to be like that every night, I think Columbus has a pretty decent team, and their pitcher threw well, but we just hit the ball hard, and on some of those, I don’t even know who could catch them they were hit so hard.”

In the circle, Rausch threw a three inning no-hitter with six strikeouts and one hit batter for the win. At the plate, Rausch went 2-3 with two RBI’s, Grace Redlinger was 2-3 with two runs and two RBI’s, and Chayse Jaspering was 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs.

Washington plays Highland on Friday.