The Washington Demon softball team makes their way down to Mt. Pleasant for a conference doubleheader against the rival Panthers.
Washington is 3-8, and lost a pair games on Tuesday to undefeated Oskaloosa. Washington’s pitching continues to be their strength with Ashley Rausch giving up just 12 earned runs with a 1.97 ERA, 54 strikeouts and opponents hit .155. Also Amber Linnenkamp has a 3.59 ERA, seven strikeouts and opponents hit .307 off of her, but the Demons have struggled at the plate as of late. Stephanie Fishback leads the way with a triple, four doubles and a .371 average, and Rausch is behind her with a .364 average and nine RBI’s. Grace Redlinger and Chayse Jaspering both have over .300 averages as well. Outside of those four, the averages have dropped since the first two-three weeks of the season.
Mount Pleasant comes into the game at 5-6 on the season winning three of their last four. Their best hitter is Leslie Taylor with an even .500 average and four triples. Mary Wester comes in at the two spot with a .389 average and five doubles, and three other players have over .300 averages. In the circle Shelby Allender has a 4.2 ERA, while Jena Stukerjurgen has a 4.5 ERA. Opponents hit over .260 on both of them.
Washington head coach Angie Shrader said tonight’s games are big for the Demons to keep their chances of a conference title.
“Honestly, we’re sitting in a position in the conference that we need to go down their and win two to keep ourselves in the hunt for conference. Obviously splitting with Keokuk helped us out a bit, but the two losses down at Fairfield wasn’t necessarily what we needed in our conference race, so we have to go down and play well against Mt. Pleasant. They’re going to have good pitching, they’re going to be a little bit more solid on defense, and we just have go down there and play for seven innings and hopefully get our bats going a little sooner than the fourth or fifth innings, and hopefully we don’t have to come back from a deficit,” Shrader said.
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