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Pitch control was key for Demon softball

Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 7:00 am

The Washington Demon softball team went 10-6 in conference play, which was good for a share of the conference title.  A good portion of their success came in the pitching circle.

Namely, it was the lack of free passes that helped the Demons out.  Demon pitchers only walked 15 batters in conference play; the team with the second-lowest amount of bases on balls in league play was Keokuk with 39.

With the lack of walks, though, there was also a lack of strikeouts.  Demon pitchers threw mostly for contact, striking out just 52 of the 459 batters they faced through conference play. In fact, you could say their location was a bit TOO good, as they also had the conference’s highest opposing batting average.  Even with that, though, they still managed to finish with the second-lowest ERA in the league at 3.01.