Demons blank the Clippers
TIFFIN — Even though Washington’s Friday non-conference baseball game at Clear Creek-Amana wasn’t even on the team’s schedule until 10:30 on Thursday night, the Demons were ready for the Clippers.
Washington pitchers Elijah Wood and Jake Dickinson limited the Clippers (1-4) to just one hit in five innings, and the Demons slugged 12 hits in a 10-0 win.
“It was a good all-around night, and it was needed because there were some areas we were rough in,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “It just gave us an opportunity to play. We scheduled that game at 10:30 on Thursday night.”
The Demons hadn’t played in eight days, and Wood hadn’t pitched in that long. The junior left-hander got into some trouble in the first inning, walking a pair of Clippers, but he got out of the jam when he struck out sophomore Stephen Jensen and sophomore Tanner Bandy was caught stealing.
“Elijah kind of struggled in the first inning a little bit,” Miller said. “It had been a week and a half since he had pitched, so he was a little rough. He walked a couple of guys, but he worked out of it. Then in the second and third innings he pitched more like he’s capable of.”
Wood didn’t allow a hit in three innings. He struck out two batters and walked two as he improved to 2-0 on the season. Dickinson allowed just one hit in two innings of work.
Washington scored right away in the first inning. Junior Tanner Knupp led off with a double and scored on junior Jacob Green’s double. Green later came home to score on sophomore Blake Weidman’s double.
The Demons added seven more runs in the third inning, and got one in the fifth to end the game early.
Green finished 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs. Weidman went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Knupp was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Seniors Ezra Graber and Austin Witt both went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Dickinson had a hit in his only at-bat.
“We had a singles approach [on Friday night],” Miller said. “It was all about trying to put as many balls in play as we could. When you’re facing softer throwers, that makes it tougher to get extra-base hits. We just tried to pepper as many gaps as we could. Jacob Green was able to find the gaps using that approach. He hit three doubles and drove in four runs to lead us at the plate.”
The Demons, now 3-0 on the season, travel to Keokuk tonight for a Southeast Conference doubleheader.