There were two completely different baseball games played in a Southeast Conference doubleheader between Washington and the visitors from Keokuk Monday, but the outcome was the same, victories for the Demons.
The first game was three touchdowns and a field goal advantage as Washington won 24-0 and the second game was 4-1.
Ethan Patterson threw a perfect six innings for the Demons in the nightcap and Kole Hinrichsen threw the seventh inning.
A hit batter, an error, a ground out and a wild pitch let the Chiefs run score, but it was still a no-hitter.
There is a baseball tradition about not mentioning anything about a perfect game while it is happening and the Demons stuck to that standard.
“I was just sitting in the dugout alone,” Patterson said of his time while not on the mound in the second game. “I had it in the back of my head, so it was in my mind but nobody said anything.”
Patterson struckout eight while not allowing a single runner to reach base.
“It was just my fastball to start because I didn’t throw a curveball for a strike until the fourth inning,” he said. “My fastball location was really on and that’s what was working. I just had to get on top of my curveball to get it working.”
Demon coach Nathan Miller did not consider leaving Patterson in for the complete game.
“Two reasons, he was at 63 pitches and if we want to use him on Thursday then I need him to be under 65. The second thing is Kole hasn’t thrown since last Monday against Fairfield. If he doesn’t get any work on the mound, it’s a week and a half since he’s pitched. We need him to have a great outing for us on Thursday because we are still in the conference hunt.”
In the grand scheme of things, it was better than a perfect game.
“Keeping him sharp is more important then a perfect game,” Miller said. “Individual accolades need to step aside for the good of a team. There is more ramifications in regards to what we need as a team than for one kid to throw a perfect game. We have our sights set on team accomplishments this season. We have to keep our guys available and keep our guys sharp.”
The Demons just obliterated Keokuk in the first game with 11 runs in the first inning.
“Our sticks were rolling,” Miller said. “I came in late in the second inning from visitation at my grandfather‘s funeral and the feeling that was in the dugout was like when we rallied against Fairfield (with seven runs in the seventh inning). In the second game we didn’t quite have that same energy. It’s hard to have that same energy. You can’t help but think it’s going to be the same in the second game, but that’s hard to do.”
Brant Stout hit a home run in the first game. Cade Hennigan, who got the win, went 4 for 4. Luke Turner hit two triples. Mitchell Driscoll was 4 for 4 with a double and a triple.
But it wasn’t the same as the Demons had to manufacture runs in the second game.
“Our kids continued to battle,” Miller said. “I’m pleased with our guys. It was good team baseball. We had great pitching and great defense.”
Washington is 13-4, 9-3 SEC and plays at Central Lee Wednesday and at Mt. Pleasant Thursday. Fairfield is 8-2 in the SEC while Mt. Pleasant is 9-3.