The Washington Demons had their season ended last night at Cedar Rapids Xavier by a Clear Creek Amana team that had their number in the 6-1 win.
The first inning showed the dominance of Clipper pitcher Lexi Kinnaird who struck out Ashley Rausch and Grace Redlinger back-to-back. At the plate CCA scored a run in the first, second, two in the third, a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth.
Washington could get nothing going at the plate, only having multiple hits in two innings, and scoring on them in the fifth, but stranding six base runners with a majority of those in scoring position. Kinnaird only threw two balls or more eight times out of 28 at-bats, putting the Demons is 0-2 holes a majority of the time.
In the seventh and final the Demons trailed 6-1 and went down in short order to end the game, and their season.
Demon head coach Angie Shrader said it was a tough game to end the season on.
“We couldn’t get things going. I think the first inning I felt like we had some nerves and we just didn’t have that edge and that fire that we normally do, and I think that was a factor through the whole game, because we started off that first inning with the nerves and we let them score that first run on a wild pitch situation when they got the bases loaded and we got out of it with just one, but we just didn’t have that intensity coming into the dugout getting out of it with just one, and we just couldn’t string together those hits,” Shrader said.
Chayse Jaspering was 1-3 with a run, and Ashley Rausch was 2-3 with an RBI. Rausch threw six innings, allowed seven hits, six runs, five earned, three walks and six strikeouts.
Washington ends their season in the regional final with a 16-22 overall record.