Washington baseball wins two of three
The final three games of the regular season for Washington baseball could not have been more opposite.
On Monday night, Washington picked up two walk-off victories over Fort Madison, 3-2 and 10-9, but against Solon on Tuesday fell in a 21-2 rout in four innings.
Against Fort Madison, Tanner Knupp got things started for Washington, knocking in Mason Quigley in the third inning.
In the fourth, Dakota Kron made it 2-0 Demons with a base-hit to knock in Elijah Wood.
The Bloodhounds tied things up with two runs in the top of the seventh, but Washington wasn’t done.
In the bottom of the seventh, Quigley was hit by a pitch to start off the frame, then Knupp picked up his second RBI of the game with a hit off the pitcher’s ankle to win the ballgame.
“We ran the bases really well tonight and found ways to get on base,” Washington baseball head coach Nathan Miller said after Monday night’s doubleheader. “We had some timely hitting and we were relentless on the bases. I was really proud of our guys in the second game because we gave up that six spot in the third and could have easily packed it in, but we said we aren’t doing that, and found a way.”
Zach Londberg started the first game for Washington, going 6 1/3 innings, and only giving up one earned run, but Wood picked up the win in 2/3 innings of relief.
In game two a six-run third inning threatened to doom the Demons as Fort Madison took a 9-4 lead, but Washington was able to fight back quickly.
Three runs in the fourth and another two in the fifth tied the game up at nine, and in relief Tanner Knupp was big pitching three innings of one-hit baseball to earn the win.
In the seventh inning, Bryce Craff reached on a walk, then found himself at third after a groundout.
Jacob Green bunted in Craff for the game-winning run.
“Our quality at-bats was very high (on Monday),” Miller said. “Defensively we were solid and some of these errors are going to happen - that’s just part of the game with 15- to 18-year-olds - but we overcame it and that’s the big thing.”
Washington’s loss to Solon will only be a speed bump as the team will open up conference play against Benton on Friday night at Solon high school.
“We just need to continue to play well,” Miller said on Monday. “We need to have competitive and disciplined at-bats and need to throw strikes. If we play our game, that’s basically it. We’ll have some defensive changes tomorrow night, but we are just preparing for Friday. We need everyone healthy and make sure everyone is getting their reps in so we are ready for Benton.”
The game against Benton will begin at 5 p.m.