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Washington softball team splits wins with Keokuk

By Bill Gatchel | Jun 27, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel In the game against Keokuk Monday, June 26, Jessie Buchholz takes a turn at bat.

The Washington softball team split wins with Keokuk Monday, June 26, in Southeast Iowa Conference play.

Keokuk walked away with a 4-2 win in the first game, but Washington would come away with a 10-8 victory in the second game.

Washington scored the first run in the first game when Jessie Buchholz scored on a base hit by Morgan Brinning.

Keokuk answered back by having a home run in the second, but Buchholz hit a fly to right field bringing in Kellie Dallmeyer, to regain the lead after two.

It was a pitcher’s duel for the next three innings as neither team would score until the top of the sixth when Keokuk would have another home run to tie the game.

Keokuk took over the lead in the bottom of the seventh when runs would score on RBIs.

In the second game, Washington got on the board in the first inning when Buchholz scored on a hit by Brinning.

The Demons scored three runs in the second inning to add to the lead. Crossing the plate were Hannah Anderson, Kaylee Wilson and Kinsey Duwa.

After Keokuk scored three runs in the top of the third, Washington made sure they kept their lead as Brooke Stout came home on a fly ball to left field by Wilson.

Anderson scored on a fly to left centerfield by Duwa and Wilson scored on a hit by Sparks, giving Washington an 8-3 lead after three.

“It was a tale of two games,” said coach Ben Obermann. “The first was a pitching duel and the second was an offensive and wild game back and forth.

“In the first one, it felt like we let it slip away a little bit where maybe our offensive approaches were outstanding.

“We were out on our front foot a little bit. We did play really good defense which is something in which we’re trying to be more consistent.

“Other than a couple of pitches for home runs, Molly did a great job. Offensively we just didn’t do enough.

“In game two, we came out quick and got them [Keokuk] down early. They obviously tied it up, but I give our girls a lot of credit.

“I’m really proud of them of how we fought consistently. We had great approaches at the plate. We put pressure on their defense and took advantage of their mistakes. We’re an opportunistic ball club and we have to be that moving forward.

“I thought Alexis started the game really well for us. In the middle innings she was leaving the ball up a little bit but battled and kept us in the game.

“Then Molly came in and finished the deal. These types of games are good for us. We’re going to be in pressure situations moving forward.”

There were times when the bases were loaded and leaving the runners stranded throughout the night. How will Obermann fix that?

“We’re trying to get some quality at bats,” he says. “With bases loaded, we try not to do too much.

“It’s more of a mental thing. It’s wanting the bat in your hands when there’s runners in scoring position.

“It’s taking a deep breath and hitting a hard line drive, taking the left-center or right-centerfield gap. I think we were better with that tonight and we’ll keep getting better.”

The change in pitchers in the second game was the result of Keokuk’s good hitting.

“They were on their fifth time around in the batting order,” Obermann says, “and they were hitting her pretty well and making solid contact.

“We just wanted to give Keokuk a change of pace. It’s not that Alexa was doing a bad job. Alexa and Molly are two different pitchers, which is really nice.

“Alexa is really a great spot pitcher and Molly has excellent movement. Just the disparity between the two is a nice complement.”

The girls now have a 17-15 record and will face Lone Tree at home Wednesday, June 28, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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