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Demons sweep West Burlington Wednesday

By Bill Gatchel | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Michael Gier leads off first base getting ready to advance in a recent game for Washington.

Collin Zear didn’t allow a single run as the Washington Demons defeated West Burlington 2-0 Wednesday, July 5.

Zear allowed just two hits and struck out Cordell Scarborough to end the game.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Zear struck out five, while the West Burlington pitchers sat down three.

The Demons took an early lead in the first inning when Aaron Vittetoe’s sac fly scored Michael Gier for Washington.

In the bottom of the third, Gier scored again, this time on a line drive single by Zear to center field, giving Washington a 2-0 score, en route to the shutout victory.

In the second game, the Demons won after a back-and-forth battle as the Demons played in a taut affair, in which Washington prevailed 7-5 after they took the lead for good in the fifth inning.

Scoring started for Washington in the bottom of the first when Luke Turner singled on a ground ball to center field to score Gier.

Kiowa Keith would hit the ball to the right fielder for a triple, driving in Zear and Turner, putting the score at 3-0 Demons.

West Burlington responded in the top of the second when two runs would score.

They would tie the game in the top of the third inning.

After West Burlington added to their lead with one run scoring in the top of the fourth, Washington’s Ryan Loy would hit a single live drive to center field to score Jacob Hall, to tie the game.

The tie would be broken in the fifth when Turner singled driving in Vittetoe.

Zear would score on a wild pitch and Turner scored on a dropped third strike, giving Washington a 7-4 lead.

West Burlington tried to make a comeback in the top of the seventh, but was held back to only scoring one run, giving Washington the 7-5 victory.

Turner earned the win in the second game. He tossed 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, two hits, and striking out three. Kiowa Keith recorded the last out to earn the save for Washington Demons.

Cale Hobschiedt started game two. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, and four hits.

Washington collected nine hits. Zear and Turner each had multiple hits while Keith and Turner each drove in two runs to lead the team.

Coach Nathan Miller says it was a much different night on the field compared to Monday.

“Zear gave us a complete game and pitching outing in the first game,” he says.

“We got ahead and challenged the hitters. Our offense did just enough to score and get the win and our defense was really solid in the first game.

“In the second game, our offense really pulled through. We made some good defensive plays. Pitching-wise, we battled.

“Luke Turner coming in was huge. He did a fantastic job. We stretched him a little longer than I would have liked, but he was rolling.

“We needed that good outing by him. He came in the game in the third inning and took us all the way to the seventh.”

The boys play at Pella tonight (Thursday). How does Miller think that will go?

“Last year, they were ranked No. 1 and we beat them here. I’m sure they circled the date on their calendar.

“We scheduled some of these teams at the end of the season to help us prepare for the post season. Pella has been to back-to-back state tournaments, they have an above .500 record this year.

“They are a very good team. We are expecting a very good battle.”

The boys take their 17-11 record on the road with the game starting at 7:30 p.m.

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