Demon baseball wins in extras
When Tanner Renoux stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, he knew he had a chance to end the game.
Runners were on first and second, but Washington baseball was down by one run in extra innings, with one out.
A passed ball inside moved both runners to scoring position, and the sophomore didn’t hesitate in his next swing.
A shot to the right-centerfield gap was enough for a single, and the runners were off.
Elijah Wood easily scored from third, and the speedy Mason Quigley hustled home, beating the outfield throw by a few steps to win the game.
“I got hit by the passed ball, so I wanted to make up for it,” Renoux said. “There was a little bit of pressure, but I was just doing my job. It was just another at bat and it feels good.”
Renoux’s hit completed a 6-5 victory over Danville on Wednesday night, moving the Demons’ record to 12-9 on the year.
“A win is a win,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “Whether it’s good, bad or kind of ugly, it doesn’t matter. Danville is a good hitting team, and it was our mistakes they scored on. They had five or six balls that were just hammered tonight but we had guys right there. We had outstanding play by our outfield tonight,. They were busy and did a great job and that’s what it takes. I’m not going to get upset with them over physical errors, we just need to stop making them. We need to relax and play.’’
Danville scored the first run of the game as Mitchel Martin doubled in Nick Fencl in the first inning.
In the bottom of the third, Washington responded with three runs of their own. Walker Breard drew a one-out walk, stole second, and back-to-back doubles by Blake Weidman and Wood made it 2-1. Wood scored on an error later in the inning.
In the fourth, Washington picked up another run as Breard reached on a fielder’s choice, and scored on an RBI single by Weidman.
Danville fought back and plated three runs in the sixth to tie things up at 4, and eventually sent the game into extra innings.
Danville had a batter reach on an error in the eighth, only to be caught stealing for the last out of the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, two runners reached for the Demons, but nobody could come across.
Danville’s Tyler Eisenmann led off the ninth, was hit by a pitch and was quickly at third after a passed ball and stolen base. He scored on an error to take a 5-4 lead, putting the pressure on Washington going into the bottom of the ninth.
Wood reached on an error, while Quigley hit a grounder between the shortstop and third baseman for a single, bringing Renoux to the plate for his heroics.
“When we had to, we made some great plays tonight,” Miller said. “We made pitches that we needed to and we grinded it out and found a way to win the game tonight. (Danville is) a vastly improved team from last year and they have a chance to go very far in their district. (Tanner) Coleman gave us a good 3 1/3 innings of good pitching, giving up one run, then Quigley came in and got us out of that jam. He motored through (the rest of the game), so I’m very
Quigley gave up five hits in the win, walking one batter and giving up three runs.
Offensively, Washington was led by Weidman who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
After a long, emotional game, the Demons will need to be prepared for a big conference opponent coming in for a doubleheader Thursday night.
“We don’t need to worry about (a hangover) with Mount Pleasant tomorrow,” Miller said. “I told the boys that this is their last chance to see Mount Pleasant in any sport, because we aren’t going to play them in the postseason. It’s senior night tomorrow and we want to put our best foot forward. They are the top of the conference right now, and we had a tight 2-1 game, where we gave up two unearned runs, so we want to come out tomorrow and play solid.”
The Mount Pleasant doubleheader will begin with baseball and softball at 5:30. Both teams will be having their senior night during the contests, and will honor the seniors in between the games at approximately 7 p.m.