May 30, 2014

Washington claims season opening win over EBF


Washington pitcher Walker Breand did everything he needed to do Tuesday to help his team to a win. 
Breand struck out 10 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont batters and hit a bases-loaded double in the third inning to help the Demons past the Rockets, 5-1 in nonconference baseball.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont pitcher Trevor Swartz was also up to the task fanning six, but two walks and a single in the third was the difference. Swartz and T.J. McCrea collected the only hits for the Rockets with two singles apiece.
Each team had a batter single in the first inning. Tanner Knupp singled, but was later picked off by Swartz. Swartz rapped single of his own in the bottom half of the inning, but was unable to advance. Breard fanned six of the first seven batters while Swartz struck out two.
In inning three, Michael Grier walked and designated hitter Tanner Renoux singled. The next batter struck out and the fourth batter walked to load the bases. Swartz struck out the next batter before Breard delivered his bases-clearing hit.
Washington added another tally in the fourth after a double and a single put runners at the corners. Grier hit a groundout to score the run. Leadoff hitter Jacob Green hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh for the final tally.
McCrea scored the lone Rocket run in the sixth. He drilled a shot to the fence in deep center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Swartz pushed his second hit into right field and the speedy McCrea raced home.
Rockets coach Rod Ashman felt his team was ready to play, but was unable to make contact with the baseball.
“I don’t what the problem was, it can’t be the lights,” said Ashman. “We just weren’t picking up his hand that’s all. When they get two strikes they have to learn to put the ball into play. I don’t mind them taking a big cut with less than two outs, but you have to put the bat on the ball.”
Despite a few errors Ashman was pleased with his team’s defensive aggressiveness.
“We threw the ball around a little bit from first to second there, but Washington is a good team and they took advantage.”
Washington 5, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1
W     003     100     1     —     5     6     0
EBF     000     001     0     —     1     4     3
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont battery — Trevor Swartz, Lewie Winkleman and Chance Wurstra.
Hits — Swartz 2, T.J. McCrea 2. Run — McCrea. RBI — Swartz.

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