Washington Evening Journal
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BURLINGTON — It has been shouted as encouragement and it is a common belief among coaches: A walk is a run.
There was a Southeast Conference softball doubleheader Monday between Burlington and Washington that had 16 combined bases on balls. In the first game.
The second game had another 11.
Twenty-seven free passes to first base. The combined score? Twenty-seven runs. Washington won the first game 6-5 and lost the second 11-5.
Washington eighth-grader Isabella Salazar recorded her first varsity win by lasting nine innings in the win over the Grayhounds. She hit a batter, walked eight, struck out three and gave up nine hits.
With one eighth-grader getting an extra-inning victory, Washington put another in the circle for the second game. Halle Cuddeback gave up 10 hits, seven walks, and struck out two in taking the loss.
Washington plated the winning run in the 11th inning with a ground out by Emmy Wenger that scored Kellie Dallmeyer.
Dallmeyer had a night. She had a stolen base and was 4-of-5 at the plate in the first game, 2-of-3 in the second. She has a .567 on-base percentage this season.
Ella Greiner was a combined 4-for-7 with a double and three Demon runs batted in on the night. Ava Turner had two hits in the second game.
Washington is 6-9 overall 3-1 in the SEC. Burlington is 3-5, 2-2.
The Demons play at Keokuk Thursday then Creston for a weekend tournament.