Demons collect 32 hits in sweep of Mt. Pleasant
No. 9 Washington scored early and often as it routed rival Mt. Pleasant in both games of Thursday’s Southeast Conference softball doubleheader. The Demons won the opening game 12-1 in six innings and then took a 10-0 win in five innings in the nightcap.
“We kept putting runs on the board,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “We talked in the pregame that if we get that lead, don’t be satisfied. Keep piling them on. Mt. Pleasant got frustrated and acted like they didn’t want to be there anymore. We put them in situations where they weren’t comfortable.”
Washington (6-2, 3-1 SEC) scored four runs in the first inning of the opening game. Two runs scored on a Mt. Pleasant error, senior Joni Erwin hit an RBI double, and then junior Grace Redlinger drove in a run when she grounded out.
“We started off pretty well in that first game,” Shrader said. “We got out of a defensive situation in the top of the first. I think they left the bases loaded, and I think that gave us some confidence. We scored four runs in the first inning and a couple in the second inning.”
Junior Stephanie Fishback hit a two-out RBI double and Erwin hit an RBI single with two outs as the Demons built their lead to 6-0 after two innings.
The Demons added three runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the sixth. Mt. Pleasant (5-8, 0-2 SEC) scored its lone run of the game in the fifth inning on junior Leslie Taylor’s RBI single.
Junior Ashley Rausch allowed one run on six hits in six innings to pick up the win for Washington. She struck out four batters and walked two.
Erwin went 4-for-4 in the game with a double and four RBIs, and Fishback was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Senior Kaitlin Buchholz went 3-for-4, and Rausch was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Sophomore Kolbi Breard went 2-for-3. Senior Maddie Bohr had a hit, stole three bases and scored two runs, and senior Sammy Ellingson had a hit, stole two bases and scored three runs.
“Our bats finally came alive last night, and it was nice to put up runs in almost every inning,” Shrader said.
The Demons continued to roll in the second game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Bohr hit an RBI single, Fishback had a two-RBI single and Buchholz drove in a run with a single. Washington added three more runs the next inning when Redlinger hit a two-run home run and Ellingson had an RBI double. And the Demons ended the game with three runs in the fifth. Ellingson and Redlinger had RBI singles in the inning, and Erwin hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run.
Redlinger went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the second game, and Ellingson was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Bohr went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, and Breard was 3-for-3 at the plate. Fishback went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Buchholz was also 2-for-3. Rausch also chipped in a hit for the Demons, who piled up 17 hits in the second game and 32 in the doubleheader.
“The bats were back alive yesterday and hopefully we’re back to where we need to be,” Shrader said.
Bohr threw five shutout innings in the second game, allowing just two hits. She struck out two batters and walked one. Bohr is now 3-0 with a 0.35 earned run average this season.
“Maddie’s pitches seem to be working, and she’s throwing really well,” Shrader said. “And obviously our defense is playing well behind her.”
Shrader was thrilled her team could roll to two big conference wins.
“I’ll take the two wins,” she said. “Any time we can beat a conference school and beat them, I don’t want to use the word handily, but in early innings, I will take that any time.”