The Demon baseball team got the win they needed to move on in district play and set up a rematch with Solon on Monday.
Washington beat Benton Community 6-1 in the opener, while Solon was 5-1 winners over Center Point- Urbana.
The Demons wasted no time controlling the game against the Bobcats, with Elijah Wood striking out two and the Demons putting them down in short order in the top of the first, and in the bottom of the first, Tanner Knupp reached base on a single, and Walker Breard absolutely demolished a home run to right center field for a two run homer that put the tying and eventual winning run on the board. The second and third innings were quiet for both teams, but the fourth inning was a little scary for Washington as Wood began to struggle with his location, walking two batters in a row and loading the bases with two outs, but he buckled down and got the strikeout.
In the Demons half of the fourth, they scored a run from a lead off double from Mason Quigley and an RBI single from Jacob Green to make it 3-0 Demons. The Bobcats took advantage of Wood’s struggles in the fifth, as he walked the first two batters, but a bad pop up bunt found its way into Wood’s glove and he threw to first for the 1-3 double play. With two down the leading hitter for the Bobcats, TJ Morris, hit an RBI single that broke up the shutout 3-1, but that was their only run. Washington put three more up in the sixth inning for insurance off an RBI double from Tanner Knupp and a two RBI double from Walker Breard to make the final 6-1. After the troublesome fourth and fifth inning, Wood composed himself to throw two short order innings in the sixth and seventh and struck out three in the process.
Washington head coach Nathan Miller said this game was a good win thanks to everyone on the team.
“It was just an outstanding effort from all of the guys that were in the game and were on the bench with moral suppot,” Miller said. “We played as a team today and you can see that on the field from start to finish, it was an outstanding effort from every single individual.”
Breard led at the plate, going 2-4 with four RBI’s, a run, a double and a home run, while Tanner Knupp was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. Wood went all seven, gave up two hits, one run that was earned, walked five, fanned eight and balked once.