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Demons aim for victories

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By Paul Gable

While the record may be less than desirable, Williamstown High School baseball coach Buck Walter has been pleased with the effort he has gotten out of his team recently.

After suffering an 8-7 setback to 32nd District opponent Simon Kenton in a game that featured two eighth graders in the line-up for the Demons, Williamstown took out their frustrations on Eminence, earning a 12-0 win.

However, errors got the best of Williamstown on April 17, as Owen County defeated the Demons 12-7.

Last weekend, the Demons were involved in a wooden bat tournament, where they finished with a 1-1 record, defeating Deming 7-1 and falling to Bellevue 3-2 in eight innings.

Against Deming, Patrick Spoonamore earned the victory, and Michael Walter threw a two-hitter but lost to Bellevue.

"We played well. We are getting better and improving. We've just about got it worked out, and we are now hitting the ball a lot better," Walter said.

Walter said the addition of Travis Burke at third base has proved to be a successful one for Williamstown.

"He has done well for us. We are the strongest we have been at third base since I've been here," Walter said.

In addition to Burke's play, Walter is pleased with how Storm Mason, Patrick Gatewood, Michael Walter and Cody McLafferty have been hitting the ball.

"One thing I can say about this team is we have bounced back. We are putting runs on the board now, and I am happy with the adjustments the kids have made, the roles they've accepted and the fact they are getting better," Walter said.

Furthermore, there are four kids starting this year that did not play last season.

"Given all those things, I've been happy. I've got great kids who put the team first," Walter said.

This week, the Demons have a "tough week," according to Walter with games against Pendleton County (April 21), Walton-Verona (April 22), Carroll County (April 24), Grant County (April 25) and Dayton (April 26).

The games against Carroll County and Dayton are at home, while the Demons travel to Grant County.

In their first meeting with Grant County on April 7, the Demons fell 10-0 in six innings. Walter threw 41 pitches in the first inning and Williamstown used five pitchers in the game.

"We'll do our best not to get embarrassed Friday at Grant. We have addressed some issues, and we are doing a better job. If I can get three wins this week, I'd be pretty excited," Walter said.