Demons end mixed week with a victory

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By Paul Gable

A week of mixed results ended on a high note for the Williamstown High School baseball team.

The Demons, who brought a 10-11 record into this week, suffered losses to both Trimble County (4-3) and 32nd District opponent Simon Kenton (17-4 in five innings), however, those feelings were replaced by joy following a 4-3 win over 8th Region opponent Henry County on May 1.

With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Williamstown's Storm Mason led off the inning with an infield hit. Joel Price followed with a single of his own. Following a fly out by Patrick Spoonamore, Devon Hurley drew a walk to load the bases for the Demons.

Williamstown coach Buck Walter liked his team's chances of scoring a run.

However, he never thought it would come via a dropped third strike as Travis Burke chased a curve ball on an 0-2 (zero balls, two strikes) in the dirt. The ball got away from Henry County's catcher, allowing Jake Reeves to score the game-winning run.

"It was a good win. Henry County has a nice team," Walter said.

The Demons wasted little time getting on the score board as Mason drove in Michael Walter in the first inning on a sacrifice fly, giving Williamstown a 1-0 lead.

Following a Henry County run, Williamstown answered back with another run of its own as Cody McLafferty's single drove in Cody Hurley, pushing the Demons in front 2-1. The Demons' third run of the game came off a double by Walter to score Patrick Gatewood.

"We had chances to blow the game open. We have been working on getting runners on board, and now we have to work on scoring them," said Buck Walter, who watched his team strand 12 base runners.

Michael Walter recorded 13 strikeouts, moving him to 81 on the season, and he scattered six hits. He helped his cause, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles. McLafferty hit two singles and Price also had two singles for the Demons, who had nine total hits.

Williamstown hosted Eminence and traveled to Gallatin County earlier this week before turning attention to the NCKC Tournament, where the Demons were scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. on May 8 against Carroll County. The Demons host Paris at 5:30 p.m. on May 9.