Demons down Fort Madison
The Washington baseball team got two dazzling performances from the mound on Friday night in conference play.
After being moved back a day due to rain, the Demons swept a doubleheader with conference foe Fort Madison 5-0, 9-1, behind a combined 24 strikeouts racked up by Elijah Wood and Michael Geir.
In the first game, Wood took the mound and tossed a one-hitter against the Bloodhounds, striking out 14 batters.
“He spotted his fastball. I think he only threw four off-speed pitches the whole night and they just had problems catching up with his fastball,” Washington baseball head coach Nathan Miller said. “Being a lefty, the fastball has a natural tail to it, and when you are throwing that hard, the batter has to commit to his swing pretty early. He had a nice outing as someone who is a senior and who we look to as the ace of our program.”
Offensively, the Demons got the bats going in the third inning, plating three runs, and tacking another run on in the fourth. Washington would add one more run in the seventh as insurance, as they took game one.
Tanner Knupp and Jacob Green led the charge offensively for the top of the order, with Knupp notching three hits, and Green walking three times in the contest.
In the second game, Geir took the mound and seemed to replicate Wood’s performance, only giving up two hits, while striking out 10 for a complete game shutout.
Geir has not allowed a run, and given up only two hits in his last 12 innings pitched.
The Demons were able to pick up 11 hits offensively in the game as Tanner Renoux reached safely three times, with Knupp and Green each having multi-hit games in the second game.
“Michael has been throwing strikes,” Miller said. “He came in against Mt. Pleasant and threw five innings of no-hit baseball, and that’s what we need right now. We don’t need guys who are high strikeout guys. We want guys who throw strikes because we have a pretty good defense behind our pitchers. If we don’t give free passes, we don’t give up big innings.”
The Demons are now 8-6 on the season, and ride a three game winning streak heading into a home conference doubleheader against Fairfield at 5:30 on Monday night.
“I told the kids, we are back to .500 in the conference and winning three in a row overall, and we just need to continue to build,” Miller said. “Fairfield was picked to win the conference at the beginning of the year. This is going to be a very big game for both teams. We need to come out and swing, throw strikes and field, and minimize some of these innings we’ve had in the past. I’ve said it before, but confidence is the thing we need to build with our kids. They have the ability to compete with anybody and that’s what they need to believe in.”
Before the games start, Wood will be officially signing a letter of intent for his college career at 3:30 p.m. Monday.