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Baseball team loses to Oskaloosa

By Bill Gatchel | Jul 05, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Catching for Washington in the game against Oskaloosa Monday, July 3, was Brant Stout.

The Washington baseball team fell to the Oskaloosa Indians Monday, July 3, by an eight-run difference, 2-10.

Both teams didn’t score after the first inning, but the scoring started in the second when Oskaloosa put up two runs to take the lead.

Washington’s Collin Zear scored in the bottom of the second on an RBI double to center field by Noah Enfield. Washington trailed 1-2.

The Indians scored another run in the third and another one in the fourth, adding to their lead.

Oskaloosa’s big scoring drive came in the fifth when they put up three runs, to put the score at 1-7.

The visitors added another three runs to their side of the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, while Washington scored its final run of the game in the bottom half of the frame when Michael Gier came home on an RBI single by Zear.

“It was the same story line: pitching and defense,” said coach Nathan Miller about the loss. “We allowed 11 free base-runners tonight. I would guess that all of them scored, as well, and that’s the difference in the game.

“We gave up nine hits over seven innings; that’s a pretty normal high school baseball outing.

“We had seven, and three came in the last inning. When it comes down to it, it’s about having an attitude to throw strikes and having an attitude on defense to make plays.”

The next outing for the boys is tonight (Wednesday) against West Burlington and these games can be won.

“They are very winnable games,” Miller says, “but we have to play with an attacking mode.

“We can no longer sit on ground balls and let them eat us up. We cannot continue to get behind in counts, 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0. Those are killing us.

“That’s the name of the game. You have to be able to pitch, you have to be able to play defense and you have enough sticks in the bats to score some runs.

“I would have liked to see the score if we hadn’t had the walks and errors. I think it would have been a much tighter game, maybe a 2-2 or 3-2 game. You just never know.

“This is a recurring thing. This has been our Achilles’ heel all season.

“We get in these games and we have pitchers that need to have a different mindset of an attack mode and then the same on defense.”

There was one positive note from the game.

“I will say this, our dugout was in the game tonight. I will compliment that. They were vocal the whole time.”

The loss gives the boys a 15-11 record. Their doubleheader against West Burlington starts at 5:30 p.m.

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