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Softball team ends regular season with a sweep

By Bill Gatchel | Jul 05, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Kinsey Duwa represented Washington behind the plate in the first softball game against Central Lee Monday, July 3.

The Washington softball team ended their regular season by getting the sweep over Central Lee Monday, July 3.

The Hawks scored early in the game on a sacrifice bunt in the first inning to get the early lead.

Washington responded by scoring two in the bottom half of the first inning when Jessie Buchholz crossed the plate on an RBI double by Morgan Brinning and Brinning scored on a sacrifice pop to right field by Brooke Stout, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

Central Lee put up two runs in the top of the second to regain the lead, 3-2. However, the Demons rallied in the third, putting up four runs.

Buchholz scored on an RBI single to right field by Brinning. Kaitlyn Mitchell came home after Alexa Mitchell hit an infield single.

A. Mitchell scored on an RBI grounder to left field by Kinsey Duwa and Haylee Wilson was brought in by a pop fly to the left field gap by Kellie Dallmeyer, giving Washington a 7-3 lead.

Neither team would score until the sixth inning when Central Lee put up another run. Washington held on to get the 7-4 win of the first game.

In game two, the first run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning after Megan Mitchell scored on a hit to right field by A. Mitchell, giving Washington a 1-0 lead.

The Demons’ next run was in the fifth when Brinning crossed the plate on a wild pitch, putting Washington up 2-0 after five innings of play.

A triple in the top of the sixth brought in Central Lee’s Sophie Woodley. Washington added another run in the bottom of the sixth to put the score at 3-1.

Central Lee scored another run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Washington would get the 3-2 win.

Coach Ben Obermann is happy at how the regular season ended.

“You always want to end the regular season on a good note when going to postseason,” he says. “We’re on a high, on a three-game winning streak right now. That gets us to 20 wins with our sweep tonight. Overall, we’re happy with how the regular season went; now it’s a second season.

“Everybody is 0-0 and we have to be better than we were tonight to get to where we want to go.”

As the girls get ready to start their postseason play, there are things to work on.

“Offensively, we weren’t very good tonight,” Obermann says. “We have to have a little better approaches at the plate. We were kind of out on our front foot, rolling over a little bit.

“We just have to get back to being a little more patient, sticking to our mechanics, loading our hands back, letting the ball travel and hitting the ball a little bit harder.

“In clutch situations, we left some base runners on. In the postseason, we’re going to have to come up with some of those big hits.”

The girls battled well on the bases during both games.

“We want to be aggressive on the bases when we can,” Obermann says. “We had some opportunities where we could take advantage of their catcher and we could steal tonight. Overall, base-running was a positive.”

The girls start their post season play Thursday, July 6, at home against Central DeWitt. The game begins at 7 p.m.

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