Washington second at Fairfield InviteDemons shock No. 1 West Burlington, fall to Fairfield in championship game
FAIRFIELD — No. 9 Washington shocked the top-ranked team in Class 3A in the quarterfinals of the Fairfield Invite softball tournament on Friday, but the Demons lost to the host Trojans in the tournament’s championship game.
Washington junior Maddie Collins hit a two-RBI double into right field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Demons to a 7-6 win over top-ranked West Burlington-Notre Dame in the tournament quarterfinals.
Collins’ hit gave the Demons a thrilling finish to an exciting game. West Burlington-Notre Dame scored two runs in the top of the third inning, but Washington answered with three runs in its half of the inning. The Lady Falcons scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead, but the Demons answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. West Burlington-Notre Dame tied the score in the sixth inning and then took the lead in the seventh, but Washington rallied to hand the Lady Falcons (11-1) their first loss of the season.
“It was just back and forth,” Washington head coach Angie Shrader said. “Whenever they scored, we answered. It was so much fun to win it at the end with two outs and runners at second and third.”
Junior Grace Redlinger, who scored the winning run, went 3-for-4 at the plate. Junior Ashley Rausch went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, and senior Kaitlin Buchholz hit a two-run homer. Collins, senior Joni Erwin and junior Stephanie Fishback each hit a double, while senior Maddie Bohr and junior Chayse Jaspering added singles.
“It was nice to see our bats come alive,” Shrader said. “To get 11 hits off of a quality pitcher like [Alex Yacko] is phenomenal.”
The Demons are scheduled to face West Burlington-Notre Dame again on July 5 in Washington.
“They’re a good ball club, and we’ll see them again at the end of the season,” Shrader said.
It only took one big inning for the Demons to defeat Davis County 6-3 in the tournament’s semifinals. The Mustangs (10-7) scored three runs in the second inning to take the early lead, but Washington erupted for six runs in the fifth inning and then held on to win the six-inning contest 6-3.
“I wouldn’t say we weren’t ready to play, but I don’t know if we were prepared enough,” Shrader said. “We had such an emotional game with West Burlington, and I think they came in, not necessarily overlooking Davis County, but not expecting to have to come from behind. It was a little nerve-racking, but we didn’t give up.”
Bohr went 3-for-4 at the plate in the game, and Collins was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Addie Shive’s two-RBI double tied the game in the sixth inning, and Jaspering also had a double and two RBIs. Buchholz hit a double, and Rausch had a single and an RBI, and Fishback singled.
Junior Amber Linnenkamp scattered four hits over 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. She struck out two batters and walked one.
Washington and Fairfield both scored two runs apiece in the first inning of the tournament’s championship game, but Fairfield pitcher Haley Grunwald quieted the Demons the rest of the way as the Trojans defeated Washington 7-2 to win their home tournament.
“After the second inning we didn’t have a baserunner,” Shrader said. “That’s very odd for us to do that. It was just not us hitting-wise. We had kind of a lackluster effort. We had five hits in the first two innings, and that was it. We have to find ways to put pressure on people by having someone on base.”
Fishback went 2-for-3 in the game, and Rausch had an RBI double. Collins singled, and Redlinger had an RBI.
Rausch took the loss, giving up seven runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in six innings. She struck out six batters, but walked seven.
The Demons had swept the Trojans (12-3) by scores of 12-4 and 8-2 in Washington on May 29. The two teams will square off again next Monday in a Southeast Conference doubleheader in Fairfield.
Washington (8-3) returns to action on Wednesday when the Demons host West Branch (8-6) for a JV-varsity doubleheader.