Demons win two over weekend
After a conference doubleheader sweep against Mt. Pleasant, Washington softball carried that momentum into the weekend, picking up two wins.
Strong pitching performances from Ashley Rausch led the Demons to their two wins on Friday and Saturday, but in the final game of the weekend, Fairfield found a rhythm, giving Washington a
Washington has now won four of its last five games.
“Friday we played extremely well,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “She pitched hard and threw really well, but Saturday we didn’t seem like we had a whole lot of energy. In the championship game with Fairfield, there was not a whole lot of desire. No one really wanted to play them because we see them four times in conference play, and we played that
On Friday night, Washington picked up a run in the top of the first that was answered by Cardinal (Eldon) with an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning.
Two runs in the third and another in the seventh for the Demons gave them the 4-1 win in the first game of the weekend.
Rausch pitched a two hitter in the game, striking out nine over seven innings, and not giving up a walk.
Grace Redlinger went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the game, while Chayse Jaspering also had a multi-hit game (2-for-4) with a run scored.
In Saturday’s first game, Washington cruised to a 6-0 victory over West Burlington with a three-run third inning.
Rausch delivered again, allowing only four hits and two walks, while striking out six in a complete game performance, giving her 15 strikeouts in 14 innings of work over the weekend, while not allowing an earned
“I think part of it is she has made her decision for college next year, and she knows where she is going and what she is doing,” Shrader said. “Juniors try to have a fantastic season, and put a lot of pressure on themselves because they want the right colleges to notice them. Ashley threw well last year, but she put a lot of pressure on herself and she’s more relaxed this year.”
Kayla Andrew had a team high two RBIs in the game, while Redlinger shined again, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in the second game of the weekend.
“Grace is a streaky hitter,” Shrader said. “She could hit a homerun in every single game, but it’s just getting her to mentally understand the skill she has and I’m not sure she understands how good she can be. She’s swinging the bat well and hitting the ball hard, just hasn’t gotten any
In the final game of the weekend, Washington couldn’t get the bats going against Fairfield, only managing four hits in a 10-0 loss.
“We are finally getting used to where we are supposed to be,” Shrader said. “The Mt. Pleasant wins were important for our momentum and we needed to be able to win two games back to back, and take that momentum into Friday. I think Saturday if we would have been playing someone different in the championship game our attitude would have been a little different.”
Washington will travel to take on West Burlington in a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 5:30.