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Prep baseball

Demons snap out of their slump, but fall to Williamsburg

Jun 20, 2013
Ezra Graber

Washington snapped out of its hitting slump in Wednesday night’s non-conference baseball game against Williamsburg at Dick Sojka Memorial Field, but it wasn’t enough as the Demons fell to the Raiders 14-4 in six innings.

The Demons, who had been hitting .177 over their previous seven games, had nine hits in Wednesday’s contest. But Washington committed four errors in the field.

“Offensively, we had enough hits to score some runs last night, but on the flip side we didn’t play good enough defense to walk away with a victory,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “It’s crazy the way this game works sometimes. If we would have had nine hits in any of our games before this one, we would have probably walked away with a win. But last night we had nine hits and ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard.”

Washington starting pitcher Blake Weidman gave up eight runs in the first 2 1/3 innings, but only two were earned runs. He allowed four hits, struck out two batters and walked three.

“We just didn’t play well defensively,” Miller said. “Two earned runs in the first eight is going to haunt you. It’s tough to spot a team eight runs in the first three innings. But I thought our kids stayed competitive at the plate, and that’s how we were able to put together nine hits on the night.”

After falling behind 9-0, Washington scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Eighth-grader Drake Brezina came on to pitch after Weidman injured his arm in the third inning, and allowed just one run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out a batter and walked a batter.

But the Raiders piled on five more runs in the sixth inning off of pitchers Ezra Graber and Michael Ellingson.

Junior Nick Spratt went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Raiders (9-7), and junior Payton Kauzlarich was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Senior Chance Wetjen went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and senior Cody Marine was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore Jacob Holub had a single and an RBI, while juniors Zac Ellingson, Alex Phillips and Aaron Schultz each drove in a run.

Phillips gave up four unearned runs on eight hits in five innings to earn the victory. He struck out two batters and walked one. Spratt threw a scoreless sixth inning for the Raiders to seal the win.

Graber went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Demons at the plate, and junior Jacob Green had a double and an RBI. Junor Elijah Wood also hit a double, and senior Kyle Roder singled and scored two runs. Junior Walker Breard had a triple in the game, and eighth-grader Dakota Kron singled for his second career varsity hit. Junior Tanner Knupp also had a base hit in the game, and senior Austin Witt scored a run.

Even though Washington (6-7) lost for the seventh time in eight games, Miller was pleased that his team started to swing the bats better.

“What I like is we hit last night,” he said. “We hadn’t had a nine-hit game in a while, so that was a big positive for us last night.”

The Demons will host Benton for a non-conference doubleheader at Dick Sojka Memorial Field on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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