Softball drops close games
Washington softball dropped two heartbreakers on Tuesday night in non-conference action.
West Burlington took game one 11-10 in 11 innings and snagged a victory in a pitchers’ duel in game two, 1-0.
“The first game was so disappointing and went so long that we lost enthusiasm,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “They were more heartbroken than anything, and it was extrememly hot and humid, and the other team was battling that too, but they had the momentum from that first win.”
In the first game, the Demons jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the top of the second but that was answered by West Burlington, who plated six in the bottom of the fourth, giving them a 9-5 lead.
Washington responded with four in the top of the fifth to tie the game, sending the game into extra innings.
Washington scored one in the top of the ninth, but it was answered in the next frame to continue the game, before West Burlington scored in the bottom of the 11th to win the game.
“They bunted like crazy in the first game,” Shrader said. “Eight of their 16 hits were bunt singles. We got to the ball, but weren’t quick enough to make a play on them. We also ended up with six errors on the night, so that was frustrating.
“In the fourth inning we gave up five hits and three errors and they scored six runs. You take away one inning and we are right where we need to be. We scored one in the ninth, but we couldn’t hold on for the extra innings win.”
In the first game, Ashley Rausch pitched all 11 innings, striking out 14 batters and only giving up five earned runs.
At the plate, Grace Redlinger went 5-for-6 with a double and a triple to lead the Demons, scoring two runs.
In the second game, the offense was nowhere to be found, as Demon pitcher Amber Linnenkamp only gave up four hits, but Washington could only muster two hits in the contest.
West Burlington scored its only run of the contest on an error in the bottom of the third.
“Both of our pitchers threw well and Amber only gave up four hits in the second game, but we only had two hits,” Shrader said. “Her pitches were working, but the run they scored came on an error and we need to find a way to cut down on our errors. Once we cut down on those, we’ll be able to be in any ballgame.”
Washington will take on Fort Madison in a road doubleheader on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.