Londberg tosses gem in victory
Zach Londberg didn’t look like a freshman on the mound on Tuesday night.
The young Washington baseball pitcher pitched a gem for his first complete game against Pella, earning the 4-3 win in an exciting game at Dick Sojka Memorial Field.
The freshman pitcher threw all seven innings in the game, striking out three, walking three and giving up six hits, while all runs given up were unearned.
“I’m really excited because I hadn’t pitched a full game before,” Londberg said. “I was painting the corner and not throwing it down the middle. I had to throw strikes and let the defense do the work.”
Washington started off the game quick, plating two runs in the first inning off a sacrifice fly by Walker Breard and an RBI single by Elijah
In the fourth, Wood came around to score on an error, but in the fifth, Londberg faced his biggest jam of the night.
Pella loaded the bases with one out, and picked up a sacrifice fly from Grant Judkins to score a run, then Marcus Wittmer doubled in two more runs to tie the game up at three.
But Londberg buckled down to get the last two outs of the inning, not allowing Pella to take the lead.
“I think it’s confidence,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “With young kids you have to develop confidence and composure. That was something I was watching tonight, is how would he hold his composure. (Pella’s) dugout was very boisterous and were very loud tonight, so it was a great situation for him to be in and to take that step forward and get experience.”
In the bottom of the fifth, Jacob Green quickly got on base off an error, and it was Wood coming up with the big hit of the night, sending a ball over the center fielder’s glove and to the fence for a two-out double that would end up being the game-clinching RBI for the Demons, improving their record to 5-4.
“When you have good tempo going into the game and the flow is going, that was a big thing,” Miller said. “The guys just rallied and we put two guys on just like that and Elijah came up with the game-winning hit, and I’d like to see what that ball would do if the wind wasn’t blowing in.”
The Demons had four official hits in the game, with Pella committing five errors in
The Demons will travel to take on Mt. Pleasant in a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon for their next game.