Breard big in baseball’s victory
Opening night was sweet to the Washington baseball team on Tuesday night.
A big third-inning hit by senior Walker Breard broke open the game against Eddyville-Blakesburg on the road to give the Demons their first win of the season, 5-1.
“It’s always big (to get the first win), because we’ve got quite a few young guys and guys who are inexperienced on varsity getting their feet wet last night,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “To play well enough to win, that allowed our kids to relax. Once we got that 3-0 lead, it got the guys locked in a little bit more. Our kids were getting more comfortable as the game went on.”
Washington broke the game open in the top of the third inning as Michael Gier walked, Tanner Renoux singled and Jacob Green drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
They were cleared in a hurry when Breard knocked a ball to the fence for a three-RBI double to give the Demons a 3-0 lead.
After that, the game was settled by the Demon pitching staff.
Breard started the game on the mound for Washington, pitched four innings, striking out 10, while allowing only one walk and one hit.
Tanner Knupp then came in for the three-inning save, striking out five batters and walking two. He also gave up three hits and the lone run on the night.
It’s a busy opening week for the Demons as they host Clear Creek-Amana tonight at 5:30 p.m., then play a doubleheader at Williamsburg on Thursday.
Miller said the main thing the team has to do is stay up to date on their academics, and then make sure the players are staying in the right form, physically and mentally.
“We are focused on making sure they are getting their stuff done,” Miller said. “The second thing is we are teaching our kids about hydration and proper nutrition right now and taking care of themselves. This is going to be a challenge playing three nights in a row with school
Washington’s home opener is Wednesday night against Clear Creek-Amana with the junior varsity team starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by varsity at 7:30 p.m.