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Washington baseball team wins over Williamsburg

By Bill Gatchel | Jun 22, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Collin Zear throws the ball to a Williamsburg player Wednesday, June 21.

The Washington baseball team competed in the rain for part of their game Wednesday, June 21, but it didn’t stop them from ending the evening with a win.

Both teams started off without scoring a run in the first inning, but the way the runs scored was different.

Four of the five scored on a wild pitch while the fifth one happened on loaded bases.

Cale Hobschiedt, Kiowa Keith, Jacob Hall and Luke Turner each scored on a wild pitch.

With the bases loaded, Michael Gier took to first base after being hit with the ball, bringing in Bryce Craff. The score was 5-0 after two innings.

The fourth inning was almost a repeat of the second. Turner scored on a wild pitch.

Gier crossed the plate after Zear was hit on loaded bases. Craff hit a single to center field bringing in Zach Londberg, the first earned run of the game.

After the bases were loaded again, Aaron Vittetoe scored when Hall was walked. This put the score at 9-0.

Williamsburg would have one run score in the top of the fifth, but that’s all they could get in the game.

Washington pulled ahead even further in the bottom of the inning scoring the final two runs on an RBI by Vittetoe and by Keith, ending the game at 11-1 after five innings.

Zear took to the mound for the Demons only giving up the one run on three hits. Washington scored their 11 runs on a total of seven hits in the game.

The eight free runs made it difficult for the boys despite the win.

“It’s just really tough to have any type of flow,” coach Nathan Miller said.

“I told the guys that. Those types of pitchers that are all over the zone and obviously weren’t throwing very hard are really difficult to put something together.

“I thought our guys continued to battle and took the runs as any team is supposed to.

“When you’re walking, throwing a lot of wild pitches and steal a lot of bases, we put ourselves into position to score a lot of runs and put a lot of pressure on the Williamsburg pitchers. That’s what we needed to do tonight.”

The boys play at Mediapolis Friday, June 23. What will be their plan of attack?

“We will clear the slate from tonight. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a ‘W’ and we want to play better. We know we’re going to get a good effort by Mediapolis. We split with them last year, so we know that they are a quality team. We will be ready to go.”

The boys improve their record to 12-7. The game at Mediapolis starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23.

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