The Washington Demon baseball team got a big win from a young arm last night at home against Pella.
Zach Londberg, a freshmen, was on the mound for the Demons and he kept it simple by throwing strikes. Londberg had multiple batters into 0-2 counts with great placement and nasty curve balls.
At the plate for Washington, they swung the bat well to start, getting two on on errors and then it was Walker Breard who popped up for a sacrifice RBI and an RBI single by Elijah Wood putting the Demons up 2-0 in the first.
The game remained 2-0 until the fourth inning when Wood reached on an error and found his way around to home on an error off a wild throw to first that got Tanner Renoux on. Demons led 3-0 all off unearned runs.
Pella made their charge in the fifth with a lead off error. A single and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and the Dutch had two on in scoring position, and then a walk loaded the bases. A high fly ball to left field scored one, and then an RBI double from Grant Judkins tied up the game 3-3. The Demons got out of the inning, but some work to do if they wanted to win the game in regulation.
The Demons were up to the task as Green reached on base off the second error on a hit by him on the night. A single by Breard moved Green over, but an odd double play call put two down with one on in scoring position for the Demons. Then the hot bat of the night of Wood boomed one over the centerfielder’s head that scored Green and Washington got the 4-3 lead and eventually the win.
Demon head coach Nathan Miller said this was one of the best played game he has seen.
“Overall a good game, just all around. Their guy threw a good game too, kept us off balance, [but] I really like what we did early in the game with the small ball. That really kept them on their toes the rest of the game because they had to consider it at any time,” Miller said.
Londberg went all seven with six hits, three runs, two earned, three walks and three strikeouts. At the plate, Jacob Green went 0-3 with two runs, reaching on two errors, and Wood went 2-3 with a run and two RBI’s.
The Demons continue their conference play on Thursday against Mt. Pleasant.