Softball splits conference opening doubleheader
Washington softball played two conference games on Monday evening against Fort Madison to open up its conference season.
Washington was unable to get the bats going in the nightcap of a doubleheader, and ended up splitting the games, winning Game 1, 8-2, before falling in Game 2, 4-1.
“I thought we played well in the first game,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “We made some errors we don’t need to be making at this point, but I thought we hit the ball pretty well in the first game; we finally got their pitching timed out where we were making good,
In Game 1, Fort Madison got off to a quick start, plating a run in the top of the first, but Washington answered back as Grace Redlinger walked and came around to score in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, the game broke open with Redlinger starting off the inning with a lead-off single. Six different Demons singled in the inning as Washington batted around and managed to bring six runners home to make it 7-1.
Both teams picked up one more run the rest of the way, but Washington took Game 1 of the series.
Ashley Rausch pitched the entirety of the first game for Washington, only allowing only four hits in the game.
Fort Madison struck first again in Game 2, using an RBI double to score a run in the top of
Washington tied the game up with an RBI groundout from Stephanie Fishback in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fifth, Fort Madison picked up two runs, and was threatening to score more, but batted out of order and ended the inning.
Washington gave up another run going into the bottom of the seventh, and trailed 4-1 in the final frame.
Two runners got on, but no one came around to score as Fort Madison closed out
“In that second game, Amber (Linnenkamp) threw a really good game but we just didn’t give her offensive support behind it,” Shrader said. “There are some silly things that happened that we need to learn how to take care of the ball.”
With track, golf, dance and soccer soon coming to an end, Shrader is excited to have the entire team at practice so they can rebound after back-to-back losses.
“We need some consistency and have some time working together,” Shrader said. “We should, at this point, from this practice on have everyone at our practices and be able to work on some things.”
Washington’s next game will be a doubleheader at Fairfield on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.