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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 1, 2014

Softball looks for consistency

By Aaron Viner | Jun 20, 2014
Photo by: Aaron Viner Ashley Rausch has a 1.59 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Consistency. That’s the word Washington softball head coach Angie Shrader used the most when talking about what the team needed to do to improve in the second half of the season.
The Demons stand at 7-11 with less than three weeks left in the regular season, and have lost their last three games after winning four straight.
“We are steadily improving, but we just haven’t been consistent yet,” Shrader said. “We have games where we’ll have 10-12 hits, and then have games with only two hits. We need some consistency whether it is getting the bats going or defensively cutting down on the errors.”
The aspect that has remained much the same all season long has been strong performances from the circle, with Ashley Rausch posting a 1.59 ERA in 74 2/3 innings, striking out 92 batters, and Amber Linnenkamp with a 3.11 ERA in 45 innings.
“The pitchers have been our most consistent thing this year, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with both of them,” Shrader said. “We probably have one of our lowest ERAs as a team that we’ve had in years. The problem is either we just don’t have a game offensively behind them or defensively behind them to give us the wins.”
Offensively this season, the team has been led by senior Grace Redlinger, who is batting .466, followed by eighth-grader Kayla Andrew (.321) and senior Stephanie Fishback (.317), but Andrew has only started in half of the Demons’ games this season.
Another eighth-grader, Morgan Brinning, has been making noise at the plate as well, earning 11 starts this year and batting .241 with three RBI and five runs.
Washington will host WACO and Sigourney in a tournament starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday to kick off the second half of the season.

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