Softball splits over weekend
Washington softball only gave up three hits over two games on Saturday, but were unable to pull out the sweep in the second game of the day.
Amber Linnenkamp’s one-hitter in the first game against WACO led the way as the Demons bats went to work, giving them an 18-0 victory in five innings, but the offense wasn’t able to be found in the second game, a 2-0 loss to Sigourney.
Washington was able to manage three runs in the second inning against WACO, and in the fourth, things started to open up.
The Demons plated five runs in that frame, followed by 10 in the fifth to end the game.
“It took us a while to get going and get runs on the board,” Demon head coach Angie Shrader said. “It took us a while to adjust to their pitcher, so we weren’t used to it. It was a matter of getting timing down and our big inning came in the fifth when we put a lot of our substitutes in. Once we put the ball in play, they made some mistakes.”
In the game, Grace Redlinger went 2-for-5 with two runs, a home run and five RBIs, while Ashley Rausch went 2-for-4 with a run, two doubles and four RBIs.
Linnenkamp gave up one hit in the outing, along with one walk, while striking out six batters.
In game two, Sigourney got Jordan Carter and Maddi Denny on base early with walks. The two reached second and third on a passed ball, and both scored on a wild pitch and error, accounting for the only runs of the game.
Washington managed four hits in the contest, led by Stephanie Fishback going 2-for-3, but the offense could not find a way to come around to score.
Rausch only gave up two hits and five walks in the game, with neither run being earned, and struck out 13 batters in the game.
“Ashley was throwing a great game, but as an offense we couldn’t get anything going behind her,” Shrader said. “Sigourney has a good pitcher, but once we had runners on second or third, we just had nothing to get them in and that was the frustrating part.”
Carter pitched for Sigourney, walking one batter and striking out five.
The Demons (8-12) are now preparing for a big conference doubleheader at home on Monday night against Fairfield, where they feel they can prove they are still in the top of the conference.
“We have to play a complete seven innings,” Shrader said. “Offensively, our bats need to get going and give the pitchers a relaxing state on the mound. We’ve been playing well defensively, we just need to put all three aspects together. We need to know that we have a shot at being in the top of the conference, and right now we are trying to go in and play spoiler to Fairfield.”
The games begin at 5:30 p.m.