Pitching and fielding win baseball games.
Kole Hinrichsen gave up three hits in a complete game win for Washington Thursday and Chase McDole didn’t give up any hits in six innings. Brady Knutson pitched for the first time this season, giving up a single but ending the game with a strikeout.
Washington swept Southeast Conference foe Ft. Madison 4-1 and 2-1.
“What outstanding performances,” WHS coach Nathan Miller said. “Our defense played really well. Brandon Dickel had an outstanding game at third. There were a couple plays that he made that were just absolutely spectacular. Our outfield is incredible. There is not a lot of teams in the state that have an outfield that can chase down a ball like ours. Offensively, it wasn’t a great outing, but it was enough.”
McDole walked two and struck out seven in the nightcap. The run was unearned.
The Demons needed that performance because they only had two hits. Brant Stout was walked as the first batter, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Cade Hennigan’s groundout. Hennigan scored the other run in the fourth inning on a walk, stolen base, Knutson’s single and a wild pitch.
“Chase and Kole are seniors and that is what we expect,” Miller said. “They were in command.”
Hinrichsen walked two and fanned six. A walk to the first batter resulted in the only FM run on a single.
“If I give up a hit or a walk, I just take things more serious and focus on doing my part,” Hinrichsen said. ““My curveball was not working. I just used my fastball to hit my spots and challenge them.”
A complete game when one important pitch is not working says a lot about his ability.
A two-run double by Luke Turner in the fifth inning provided all the runs Hinrichsen needed.
“We did have two components going for us and they were going really well,” Miller said. “When you have two of three components going, good things are gonna happen.”
The Demons are 10-3 overall, 7-3 SEC and host Fairfield (8-2, 6-2) Monday.