The Washington Demon softball team found the will to win on Saturday during their second day of the Muscatine tournament.
The Demons split mercy rule games on Friday between beating Davenport Central 12-0, and then losing to Muscatine 10-0. Washington had to take on West Burlington first on Thursday in their fourth game against them, and they took care of business.
Washington got a perfect game at the plate from Grace Redlinger, missing the cycle by a home run and going 4-4 with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and two RBI’s. Morgan Brinning, Kolbi Breard, and Stephanie Fishback all went 2-4. In the circle, Ashley Rausch allowed nine hits and six runs, but just one of them earned. Washington won the game 9-6.
In the second game of Saturday, Washington played a struggling Louisa- Muscatine team that found new life in their bats, matching the Demons run for run from the seventh through the ninth, until the Demons finally put up two in the 10th and won the game 6-5. Ashley Rausch went 4-5 in the game with two RBI’s, while Stephanie Fishback was 3-5 with a run and an RBI. Amber Linnenkamp went eight innings, allowing three runs, two earned and striking out one, while Rausch threw the final two innings and allowed two runs, one earned and struck out one.
Washington went 3-1 on the weekend, but allowed 10 unearned runs out of 21 scored.
The Demons are 11-17 now and are scheduled to play Keokuk tonight at Keokuk. The Demons split with the Chiefs their last double header in a low scoring pair of games. Tonight, the Demons are led by Grace Redlinger with a .430 average and 17 RBI’s. The bats have started to wake up for Washington over the weekend, so the overall average has improved on the team. In the circle, Rausch’s ERA has grown a little to a 1.82, but she still leads the conference with 119 strikeouts.
Keokuk has lost their last two to Solon and A-D-M, and to stay in the conference hunt need a pair of wins tonight. Kirby Sanders leads the way at the plate with a .349 average, four homers and 17 RBI’s. In the circle, it is Taylor Lemon with a 1.32 ERA and 62 strikeouts.
Tonight’s game is at Keokuk with a 5:30 start time for game one, and game two to follow.