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With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, Williamstown baseball coach A.J. Mason is pleased with what he is seeing from his young squad.
The Demons are competing, going toe-to-toe with their opponents without flinching, while holding their own against teams much bigger and more experienced.
But Mason feels it’s time for his Demons to take it to another level and start putting teams away when they have them on the ropes, instead of the other way around.
“We’re competing hard and we’re in every game like we want to be,” he said. “But it’s at a point now where we have to have the mentality to hit and score runs and win those close games. I’d like to see the guys compete more at the plate. Sometimes it seems like we are up there looking for a walk more than we are up there looking to hit the ball. I want to see them be more aggressive and believe in themselves at the plate.”
Williamstown was more aggressive in its most recent win, a 7-2 decision over Newport.
In that game, Williamstown had 10 hits, including two from eighth-grader Trace Good, who finished two-for-three with a run scored and an RBI. Drew Harris also had two hits in two at bats with a run scored for the winners.
Jimmy Fryman had a big game with one hit and a run to go with a pair of RBIs for the winners. Derek Cummins was also hot at the plate with one hit, one run and two RBIs.
Corey Fryman and Jacob Scroggins had one hit and one run each for Williamstown. Caleb Thompson contributed one RBI and scored a run, while Austin Jones had one hit and one RBI.
Harris, who also did the dirty work on the mound, was excellent in four-plus innings of work, striking out 10.
Cummins came on in relief and got the final two outs on a pair of strike outs.
“Drew wanted the ball,” said Mason. “He went out there and he was exactly what we needed from a pitching standpoint. He was dominate the entire game. And the defense behind him was good. He wasn’t able to finish the game like we know he wanted to, but Derek came in and nailed the door shut with two big strike outs.”
The game remained in a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when Williamstown scored all seven of its runs. In that inning, Jimmy Fryman and Cummins each had two-RBI hits, which made Mason happy.
“That’s something we had not been doing all that well is hitting with runners in scoring position,” said Mason. “So I was real happy to see them do that.”
Gallatin Co. 7,
Williamstown jumped on top 5-0 with a big first inning but was not able to maintain that momentum as Gallatin County clawed its way back and won the game in the final inning.
Errors down the stretch cost the Demons.
Jimmy Fryman led the Demons offensively with one hit, one run and one RBI. Corey Fryman and Derek Cummins had one hit and one run each.
Drew Harris added one hit, with Chris Parson contributing a hit and an RBI. Caleb Thompson and Austin Jones scored one run each for Williamstown.
On the mound, it was Derek Cummins getting the start and going four-plus strong innings with three strike outs.
Caleb Thompson came on in relief and struck out two in two innings of work.
Bracken Co. 3,
Drew Harris did his job on the mound, but the WIlliamstown offense was not able to come up with the big hit when it needed it.
Jimmy Fryman had Williamstown’s only hit, while Trace Good supplied the RBI.
Harris, who was superb in his last outing as well, struck out nine while allowing only one earned run in the game. He was relieved by Jacob Scroggins, who recorded three outs without allowing a run to score despite entering the game with the bases loaded.
Also contributing to the Demons getting out of the bases-loaded jam was back-to-back nice defensive plays by Corey Fryman.
“That was huge for our team,” Mason said of Scroggins pitching and Fryman’s defense. “It kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win it.”