Demons split with Fort Madison
After suffering a frustrating 8-6 loss in 12 innings in the opening game of Thursday night’s Southeast Conference softball doubleheader with Fort Madison, No. 12 Washington rebounded with a 7-5 win in the nightcap.
The Demons (10-4, 4-2 SEC) missed several chances to win the opening game of the doubleheader in extra innings.
Washington played from behind most of the contest, but took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning on junior Grace Redlinger’s three-run home run. Fort Madison (4-12, 3-5 SEC) tied the game in the seventh inning, and took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth, but the Demons tied the game and had a chance to win in the bottom of the frame.
With runners on second and third and one out, Redlinger hit an RBI single to tie the game. After Redlinger stole second, sophomore Kolbi Breard hit a fly ball to deep centerfield. Freshman Emma Wood tagged up and scored on the fly out, but Redlinger didn’t tag and was picked off of second base to end the inning.
“From there, it was, for a lack of a better word, stupidity on the base paths that cost us the win,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “We should have won it about 12 times. We had a ton of mental mistakes on the base paths and a couple out in the field.”
The game remained tied until the 12th inning, when the Bloodhounds got a pair of doubles and a single to bring home two runs.
The Demons lost despite getting 16 hits in the opening game. Senior Maddie Bohr had four hits, while senior Sammy Ellingson and junior Chayse Jaspering both had three. Redlinger had a home run and two singles in the contest, and junior Ashley Rausch had a homer and a single. Senior Kaitlin Buchholz had a double and a single.
Washington nearly handed the Bloodhounds the second game of the doubleheader, too. The Demons led 7-2 heading into the seventh inning, where Fort Madison scored three runs before Bohr, who pitched the entire game, got the final out to leave the bases loaded.
Junior Stephanie Fishback had three hits, including a triple, in the second game. Buchholz and Rausch both hit a double, while Bohr, Ellingson, Redlinger and junior Maddie Collins each chipped in a hit.
Shrader was happy to get the split, but said it was frustrating her Demons couldn’t sweep the Bloodhounds.
“It was nice to get a split, but the night was just kind of frustrating,” she said. “We physically and skill-wise have the ability to play with anyone. We showed that last weekend when we beat [No. 1] West Burlington. It was just mental errors last night. We’re 10-4, but it doesn’t feel like it because some of the losses we’ve had were due to mental lapses.”