Softball falls to Oskaloosa
It was a tall order for the Washington softball team as it hosted the No. 10 ranked 4A school in the state.
The Demons played two with Oskaloosa on Tuesday night, dropping both contests 5-1, 4-2 as Oskaloosa remained undefeated on the year.
“We gave up a home run in both games and that was their big inning in each game,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “Both of our pitchers did a great job tonight and defensively we are playing much better. Oskaloosa is a really good ball club and we played well against them, and that’s some good things.”
In Game 1, the Indians struck first when Callie Arnold took a ball out of the park for a two-run homerun in the top of the first, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Washington picked up a run in the bottom of the second off Anna Wheeler’s RBI double, but Oskaloosa answered with two runs in the third and another unearned run in the fourth to round out the scoring in the first game.
Ashley Rausch pitched all seven innings for the Demons, giving up nine hits, and three walks while striking out eight batters in the game.
In the second game, the Indians struck first in the second inning, as Kailyn Risher was hit in by Kelsie Tomlin to give Oskaloosa a 1-0 advantage.
The Indians were held quiet until the fifth inning, when Alexis Westercamp drilled a three-run homerun to make it a four-run game.
Kayla Andrew and Stephanie Fishback came around to score for the Demons in the sixth, cutting the Indian lead in half.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Demons were able to get runners on second and third, but could not convert, dropping the second contest.
Despite the losses, the team is starting to come together now that a full squad has been able to participate in practice with no other sports going on.
“We are getting a little bit more used to each other,” Shrader said. “The kids have a better idea of the one or two spots they are going to play now, and we are getting a little more symmetry going. We just need that one extra inning of hitting. We’ll get hits and leave runners on second and third, but we just need that extra hit.”
Washington will take on Mt. Pleasant in a road conference doubleheader on Thursday.