Miscues allow Highland to upset No. 5 Washington
A mistake-filled game for fifth-ranked Washington allowed Highland to upset the Demons 7-0 on Friday night.
Washington (1-1) made five errors in the non-conference softball game.
“We made mistakes, and Highland took advantage of them,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said.
The game was scoreless through three innings, but Highland (4-0) scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning when things went awry for the Demons.
“There were a couple of ground balls between legs, and we were trying to pick off runners and throwing behind them,” Shrader said. “They had a few hits scattered in there among the errors.”
Senior Kassie Vazquez and freshman Cheyann Adamson both went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for the Huskies. Senior Paige Wieland was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while freshman Briana Davis and eighth-grader Kelsey Hora both drove in a run.
Meanwhile, Washington couldn’t get anything going offensively off of Highland pitcher Katie Springer, who struck out eight batters and allowed just five hits.
“We just didn’t swing the bat well,” Shrader said. “[Springer] wasn’t necessarily overpowering, but she had a pitch that was working well.”
Senior Sammy Ellingson went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Demons, while senior Joni Erwin, junior Stephanie Fishback and junior Chayse Jaspering each added a hit.
Junior Ashley Rausch got the loss for Washington. She gave up six runs, although only one was earned, on three hits in four innings. She struck out three batters and walked three.
Shrader said the loss was a wake-up call for her team, which has eight starters returning from a team that reached the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament last summer.
“It was a frustrating game all around, but in the long run it might be the best thing for us because we can stop worrying about our ranking,” she said. “We know we’re beatable now. Hopefully this will be a good wake-up call for our team so they’re more focused in practices and in games.”
The Demons, the defending Southeast Conference champions, will open league play on Thursday when they host Fairfield for a doubleheader.
“We’ve got to be ready to play because they are a good team,” Shrader said of the Trojans. “If we attempt to show up and play like we did on Friday, we’re going to have two losses. So we have to adjust our focus. After the game on Friday we had a discussion, and after practice yesterday [the players] had a discussion, so hopefully they got things figured out. Hopefully we can go back to playing softball instead of … I don’t know what we were doing.”