WASHINGTON — It’s been a steady climb for the Washington Demons baseball team to get back into the Southeast Conference race after starting 1-3 but a sweep at Keokuk early last week and Thursday’s sweep of Fairfield, 9-3 and 7-5 puts the Demons’ record at 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the league. Burlington is 5-1 to lead the conference and 6-5 overall while Ft. Madison (8-4) and Mt. Pleasant (8-5) are both 6-2 in the loop.
“We continue to grow and show progress as the season continues,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “This group is hungry and arriving to practice everyday to improve and it is showing on the field.”
Luke Turner got the win in the opener against Fairfield with 5 1/3 innings pitched, seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, two hit batters and nine strikeouts. Lucas Kroll finished the game without allowing a hit or walk and struck out one. Reece Mayer led the way at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, three RBIs and a double. Kroll was 2-for-3 with a double.
“We had tremendous efforts by so many tonight (Thursday) to help us win both games,” Miller said.
Kroll pitched 1 2/3 innings of the second game with no hits, four walks and three strikeouts but Ethan Patterson got the win with five innings pitched, seven strikeouts, two walks, four hits and five runs but only three were earned.
The Demons built a 5-0 lead behind the hitting of Wilx Witthoft, Brady Knutson and Patterson who had two hits apiece. Turner had a triple while Knutson and Witthoft each had a double.
Washington had a 5-0 lead but Fairfield closed to within 5-3 and 6-5 before Washington added an insurance run in the sixth inning.
Fairfield stats were not available for the first game. In the second game, Brad Woodburn pitched all six innings with 10 hits, two strikeouts, a walk and five earned runs.
Brad Smithburg had a double and two runs batted in. Fairfield teammates Matthew Swanson, Elan Ledger, Wyatt Baker and Drew Martin had a hit each.
Fairfield is 2-10 overall, 0-6 in the conference.