Demons begin busy weekend
Coming off a win against Highland in Cedar Rapids, the Washington baseball team is setting up for a busy weekend.
Starting with Friday’s doubleheader at Benton, the team will play six games in four days, as the Demons host Durant on Saturday for a doubleheader and then travel to Keokuk for a conference doubleheader on Monday.
“We are going to go through basic things (in practice),” Nathan Miller said. “We have to watch it because we don’t want to have too heavy of a practice, with a lot of conditioning, because we don’t want to have tired legs (for the weekend). Sunday is our only day off between Friday and Monday. We are sitting at a No. 4 seed (in districts) with the possibility of moving up, so we want to see how these games can affect our seeding process in the next few days.”
The games against Benton will be a good indicator for how Washington (9-8) could get seeded in its district, as the Bobcats were grouped with the Demons.
Washington is coming off one of its more complete wins on the season, both offensively and defensively heading into the weekend.
The pitching was on the mark for the Demons in the game, as starter Michael Gier picked up the win, throwing four innings and striking out two and giving up the only earned run of the night.
Tanner Knupp pitched two nice innings for Washington, striking out four, with Mason Quigley closing out the game.
Knupp had struggled a little on the mound early on this season, but Miller said he is starting to return to form, which would be good for the Demons in the second half of the season.
“I anticipated (some struggles) a little bit,” Miller said. “It’s outstanding that we have so many players that play spring sports, but it overlaps a bit with baseball. Those kids that are out for spring sports take a little longer into the season to find their groove, and Tanner is one of those guys. He was busy with track, and before that wrestling and football. He just had to get his arm in shape, and regain his location and confidence, and we are seeing that now.”
Offensively, Jacob Green picked up three RBIs for the Demons, while Blake Weidman had two hits for Washington.
The Demons will be busy over the next four days, playing three doubleheaders, the first of which will be against Benton on Friday.
The games at Benton are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., and the Demons will start their doubleheader with Durant at noon on Saturday.