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Demons drop two games in final inning

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown baseball team has struggled in close games this season, but coach Aaron Biddle believes that his team’s luck is bound to change.

Unfortunately for Biddle and the Demons, it didn’t change soon enough as they lost to Owen County 7-5 and to Heritage Academy 8-7.

The Demons held an early lead against Owen County before giving up a big inning in the fifth, tying the game 4-4.

The Demons retook the lead in the sixth inning as Isaac Alger drove in a run, but Owen County scored three runs in the seventh inning to win.

“We played one of our best games of the year, but we came up short,” Biddle said. “Their coach told me that he didn’t want to play us anymore, which I take as a compliment.

“My players had fun and that’s what happens when you play good baseball. Eventually, the door’s going to swing our way and this is giving us experience that we need,” Biddle said.

“As a team, we have not been able to play seven innings of ball and that’s what’s causing us to lose by one run,” Alger said. “We can put strong teams down. We’re strong as a team and everyone has a shot to win the district this year.”

Against Heritage, the Demons found themselves down one run after the top of the first inning, but answered as Cody Hurley drove in Eric White to tie the game.

In the second inning, Heritage scored six runs, relying on walks and an error to keep their inning alive.

The Demons scored one run in the bottom of the inning when Patrick Spoonamore reached base on an infield single. After a single by Alger, Spoonamore stole third base and took home after a poor throw to third by the Heritage catcher.

“I told the guys after that inning that we have to refuse to lose and forget about the last inning and we’d get them back one at a time,” Biddle said.

The Demons played aggressive baseball for the rest of the game, as Spoonamore drew a walk to score a run with the bases loaded and the Demons tied the game 6-6 in the sixth inning.

Hurley held Heritage scoreless until the final inning, but the Demons lost the game. They had a chance to tie the game with a runner on second base, but a groundout ended their comeback.

“We have a bad habit of playing at the same talent level as our opponent,” Biddle said. “We play down to our opponent and we play up to our opponent. But we’re getting there. We’re scoring runs, but now we’ve got to work on not letting our opponents score.”

“We made a great comeback, but we slipped up in the end,” Alger said. “We keep looking to the positives. If we don’t make errors, we have a chance to beat teams.”

The Demons played Walton-Verona on April 21, but results were not available at press time.

Next up for the Williamstown Demons:

• April 22 at Grant County

• April 23 at Carroll County

• April 25 at Cooper

• April 25 against Villa Madonna

• April 28 at home against Trimble County