The Demon softball team took a split last night in their double header against Keokuk.
In game one, Keokuk started the scoring out with a lead off walk, a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to second, and then an RBI double that scored Alyssa Wessel for the 1-0 lead. Both teams went scoreless up until the fifth when Washington got a walk from Lexi Redlinger and Chayse Jaspering hit her in on an RBI single to tie it 1-1. The Demons fed off of the hits and came back and scored again in the sixth inning when Grace Redlinger got walked, a sacrifice bunt moved her over, and then an RBI single from Kolbi Breard score her for the Demons 2-1 lead. The lead was short lived however, as the Chiefs came out in the top of the seventh and with two down got a single from Kaci Ames and then an RBI double from Michiela Davis to tie it up 2-2.
Washington was looking to close it out in regulation and got a one out double off of the left field wall from Stephanie Fishback. The Demons got to two outs with two on before Grace Redlinger game up and smacked a ball for a double, and Fishback walked home for the winning run 3-2. Ashley Rausch took the win for the Demons, giving up two earned runs and fanning seven.
In game two, the main scoring came in the first inning for Keokuk, as Amber Linnenkamp had some location troubles in her first go at things in the circle. Makenzie Pezley singled, then Davis singled on a strange play as the ball stopped in its tracks on the field with no bounce, and then Baily Roth drilled a ball to deep center that Grace Redlinger reached up to grab, but could not hold on to it and went over the fence for a three run shot. Keokuk kept moving and scored one more run in the inning to go up 4-0. Rausch came back into the game to throw an 1 2/3 of a inning.
The Demons struggled with leaving runners on, with four in the first three innings, but they would finally get on the board in the fourth when Morgan Brinning hit a ball that went through the short stops legs, and then an RBI triple from Jesse Buchholz cut the lead to 4-1. A sacrifice RBI from Kolbi Breard scored Buchholz from third, and that was as close as the Demons got, falling 4-2.
Demon head coach Angie Shrader said it’s just that one inning in game two, but outside of that she was happy with how her team played, and it looks like they are back on track.
“I thought we played really well. Defensively we caught down on our errors tonight, our pitching staff both games, realistically, did a nice job of doing what they needed to do hitting their spots, and again you just take away that hit that went off of Grace’s glove and then she hit her head on the fence, and how you can call that, you just can’t predict that happening in a game,” Shrader said. “It’s just frustrating that you can’t get that second win, but at least getting that one win when we really needed it, especially after our couple of games of not hitting it well, we’re hitting it hard, tonight we hit it hard at people, but we’re going to find the holes and as long as we are hitting it hard, I’m okay with that.”
Rausch ended up pitching nine innings, striking out eight and giving up two runs in both games, Linnenkamp threw four innings, with four runs one walk and a strikeout. At the plate, Chayse Jaspering was 4-6 with an RBI, and Stephanie Fishback was 3-8 with a run.
The Demons host Oskaloosa tonight for a doubleheader.