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Demons deal with rough week, prepare for All “A”

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown baseball team was fresh off their dominant win over Bracken County as they entered this week.

Unfortunately for the Demons, they lost games to Owen County, district opponent Simon Kenton and Pendleton County.

The Demons lost 3-2 to Owen County on March 31, despite holding a lead for six innings.

Josh Asher helped the Demons get on the scoreboard first as he laid down a squeeze bunt that scored Patrick Spoonamore from third base. Kevin McCullough, Isaac Alger and Spoonamore helped hold Owen County scoreless until the seventh inning.

A questionable call allowed Owen County to continue their attack in the seventh inning, as a base runner was called safe despite sliding past the bag and being tagged.

“From that point on, we fell apart,” coach Aaron Biddle said. “We were perfect until then, but we fell apart. We have to focus on what we control and we played flawless defense and our pitching was great. But we played toe-to-toe with one of the better teams in our NCKC conference.”

“We’re playing good baseball, but when it came to crunch time, we couldn’t finish the game,” Spoonamore said. “We need to learn how to play with a lead. We’re a good ball team if we do things right.”

Williamstown followed their loss to Owen County with a district game, falling 3-0 to Simon Kenton on April 2.

Alger pitched a complete game for the Demons, but the Pioneers were able to take advantage of opportunities when they had runners in scoring positions, getting clutch hits at the right time.

Zack Anglin had two hits for the Demons, ripping a triple and a single.

“The positive is that Isaac pitched phenomenally and Zack is coming along at the plate,” Biddle said. “The way I take it is that the district is down this year. I think it’s going to be competitive.”

Against Pendleton County, the Demons couldn’t get their game together as they lost 11-2.

The Demons scored two runs early, but weren’t able to keep up with Pendleton County as 10 errors helped Pendleton County score their runs. A bright spot for the Demons is the fact that Cody Hurley came in and pitched four scoreless innings.

“We didn’t have a good hitting day, but errors messed us up,” Biddle said.

Demons prepare for All “A” tournament

The Demons will start the All “A” tournament on April 9 with a familiar opponent.

Last season, the Demons defeated Eminence in the first round of the tournament and hope for the same results when the two teams match up again. They play at 6 p.m. at Eminence.

“We are fortunate to have drawn Eminence in the first round,” Biddle said. “We look to be competitive. I don’t think anyone wants to play us. If people look at our record, we’re staying competitive. We’re further along right now than I thought we would be in both hitting and pitching. Our younger players have stepped up to help us.”