Washington High School opened its softball season Monday by hosting Anamosa and Mother Nature, who canceled the second game with rain and the Demons leading 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Five innings count as an official game.
“It’s too bad Mother Nature ended things early for us,’ Washington coach Ben Oberman said. “We were starting to roll offensively, and Molly Sparks was doing an outstanding job battling in the circle and fighting the poor conditions.”
Anamosa won the first game 8-5.
“I saw some good things out of our girls,” Oberman. “I thought we showed great mental toughness and resilience in battling the elements and bouncing back from defensive miscues.”
Alexa Mitchell took the loss, throwing a complete game with eight strikeouts, two walks, eight hits and three earned runs.
“I thought after the first inning, Alexa did a great job in the circle,” Oberman said. “She started locating the ball a lot better. Unfortunately, we just made a couple mistakes defensively that good teams, like Anamosa, will take advantage of.”
Seven different Demons had a hit in the first game. Kellie Dallmeyer connected on a double. Kinsey Duwa batted in two runs and Cara Linnenkamp one.
“We have good players, and they bounced back quickly as we entered the second game,” Oberman said. “While we’re disappointed in the outcome, I am pleased with our effort and attitude, and with how hard these girls work, good things will come. As coaches, we will keep working on defensive situations and keeping our mindset on improving daily. Once our defense gets where it needs to be, we’ll really start to see the results on the scoreboard.”