Demon baseball sweeps twin bill
After a long pair of games, Washington baseball head coach Nathan Miller knew one thing about his team in the second week of the season: They were improving.
Washington picked up the doubleheader sweep against Centerville on Thursday night, winning Game 1 9-7, and Game 2 9-5 to move to 3-4 on the season.
“We are growing,” Miller said. “You can see that on the field and the confidence is starting to take shape with these guys. Last week was a tough one in some spots because in two of them we led all the way into the sixth or seventh inning and it didn’t work out. Tonight we went back and forth with Centerville, and we had to put the ball in play and we found a way to do that. We did a great job defensively and it kept us in the ballgame.”
The bats for both teams were hot right from the start, as Centerville rattled off four hits and drew a walk for three runs in the top of the first.
The Demons answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning as, Tanner Knupp tripled in Jacob Green. Walker Breard eventually drove in Knupp with a ground out later in the inning.
Centerville tacked on another run in the second, and it took until the third for Washington to answer.
Breard drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the third with a double to deep center field, and Washington would bring in three more runs in the inning to take a 6-4 lead.
Centerville didn’t hesitate to tie the game up, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth. Washington’s Dakota Kron gave Washington the 7-6 edge after driving in Breard.
In the bottom of the sixth, Breard collected RBIs three and four for the game, blasting a home run over the right field fence which gave the Demons the insurance they needed to cap off the victory.
In the nightcap, the pitchers got off to better starts as freshman Zach Londberg took the mound for the Demons.
Washington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by
In the fifth, Centerville found a rhythm against the Demon lefty, getting three hits and three runs to take the lead, but the bats were just warming up for Washington.
The Demons walked the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, and after a pitching change had three key hits with a one-RBI single from Kron, a two-RBI single from Elijah Wood and a two-RBI single from Craff, giving the Demons a 7-3 lead.
A Centerville home run in the sixth tried to spark a rally but in the bottom of the sixth, Wood iced the game with a single down the left field line that drove in two runs.
Londberg’s stat line in the game was 5 1/3 innings pitched with eight hits allowed and four runs, and he remained very economical with his pitches.
“Zach was spotting up,” Miller said. “A lefty has a natural tail away for a righty and if we can hammer that outside pitch, if they aren’t disciplined enough with their swing, they are going to pop it up or be in the ground. He had a low pitch count, which means he was getting a lot of early pop-ups and ground balls and you are hitting
Washington will take on Keokuk in a doubleheader on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in a throwback game which will feature jerseys from the 1972 season.