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Demons’ bats come to life against Bracken

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After witnessing his team score just six runs in seven games to start the season, Williamstown baseball coach A.J. Mason wondered when all the hard work his Demons were putting in would start to pay off.

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He got his answer Saturday when Williamstown’s bats came alive and generated six runs in two innings against Bracken County in what is easily the Demons’ best offensive performance to date. Unfortunately, the Demons could not capitalize late in the game and lost 7-6 in 10 innings, though that did not change Mason’s outlook on how his team played.

“I’m very pleased with the way the guys came out and hit the ball,” he said. “That shows that what we’re doing is paying off.
“We came out swinging the bat and we hit the ball better than we had all year,” Mason said. “We just couldn’t get that big hit with runners in scoring position. And we had plenty of opportunities.”

Williamstown, which did not score again after putting up six runs in the first two innings, had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth inning but left all three runners stranded.
Junior Tony Campbell led Williamstown offensively, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while seventh-grade teammate Corey Fryman knocked in three runs while also going 3-for-5 at the plate.

Senior Drew Harris added one hit and scored two runs for the Demons. Sophomore Austin Jones added one hit, while freshman Caleb Thompson and junior Jimmy Fryman each had a sacrifice for an RBI.

Freshman Jacob Scroggins pitched seven strong innings, giving Bracken County hitters fits with 10 strike outs.
“He pitched well enough to win and we should have won,” Mason said.
Thompson came on in relief and worked the final three innings, striking out three in the process.

While he was happy with how his team hit the ball early, Mason was equally pleased with how well his defense played by committing only two errors in the extra inning.
Williamstown, which missed its first win of the season by one run each in two recent games, will be back in action on Thursday, April 10 at Eminence in All A Classic action. The small-school tournament is an exciting time for Williamstown, one of the smallest schools in the 8th Region.
Like Williamstown, Eminence is also currently winless and has had issues offensively, scoring just six runs in four games.
But for Williamstown, it’s no secret what the keys to success are.
“For us, the key is hitting,” Mason said. “Our defense is solid and our pitching has been good enough to win just about every game we’ve played. If we hit, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win.”

Ludlow 7, Williamstown 2
Williamstown was slow out of the gates and did not get its first hit until the sixth inning, but once the Demons got rolling they did a lot of things right, scoring two runs in the final inning off four hits, prompting Coach A.J. Mason to praise his young Demons.
“I was very happy with the way the guys battled and didn’t give up,” he said. “That showed a lot of mental toughness.
“We preach to the guys that hitting is contagious,” Mason said. “When we hit the ball good things happen.”
Senior Jordan Barnes led the Demons’ offensive attack with one hit and two RBIs. Seventh grader Corey Fryman added one hit and one run, while juniors Tony Campbell and Jimmy Fryman and senior Drew Harris all added one hit apiece.
Austin Jones, a sophomore, made his first career pitching start, allowing only six hits in five innings of work with a pair of strike outs. He was relieved by Scroggins and Harris, each putting in one inning with two strike outs each.

Ludlow 7, Williamstown 0
Playing on a field that was still wet from the recent rains, Williamstown struggled defensively with five errors in the shutout road loss.
Trailing just 2-0, Williamstown committed three errors in the fifth inning as Ludlow plated five runs.
“We didn’t play defense very well at all,” Mason said. “With the field being a little wet, the ball was slow and we didn’t charge it like we should have.”
Junior Derek Cummins started on the mound for Williamstown and worked five strong innings with two strike outs. He was relieved by senior Drew Harris, who struck out two in two innings on the hill.