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Errors and poor hitting continue to plague the Williamstown baseball Demons who put together their best and worst performances of the season in back-to-back games.
The Demons looked impressive in a 3-2 extra-inning loss at Newport before playing what is likely their worst game of the season in an 11-0 defeat to district-rival Simon Kenton. A lack of hitting cost the Demons versus Newport, while defensive errors ruined the day at Simon Kenton.
But for Williamstown coach A.J. Mason, it’s all about the hitting, or lack thereof, when he talks about his team’s early-season failures.
“Where we’re struggling at right now is hitting,” he said. “We’ve got to put the ball in play more and limit the strike outs.”
At Newport, Williamstown jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the first inning and led throughout the game before the host team tied the score to force extra innings.
Drew Harris and Derrick Cummins both reached base and scored for the Demons in the opening frame, but that was the only offense the Demons could generate in the game.
Freshman Caleb Thompson started on the mound and pitched five strong innings with nine strike outs for Williamstown. He was relieved by A.J. Scroggins, an eighth grader, who struck out three hitters in 2.1 innings.
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Allowing only three runs to the cross-town rival Braves is proof of the improvement within the Demons’ program. Williamstown was outscored 24-1 by Grant County in two games a year ago.
Junior Derek Cummins was impressive on the hill for the Demons with six strike outs and only two walks in the complete game performance. Williamstown coach A.J. Mason believes with as well as Cummins pitched, his team should have won.
“Derrick was pounding the strike zone and didn’t give up many walks. He was very consistent the entire game and kept the hitters off balance,” said Mason.
Corey Fryman and Caleb Thompson each had a hit for the Demons in the game.
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Williamstown was only able to generate three hits in the loss to the 31st District Wildcats.
Junior Tony Campbell doubled while Caleb Thompson and Corey Fryman, a seventh grade student, added a hit each for the Demons.
In the season-opener for both teams, Bellevue jumped on top early and never looked back.
Junior Tony Campbell led the Demons’ offensive attack going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Senior Drew Harris was also a leader with one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
Jordan Barnes added a run for Williamstown, while Corey Fryman had an RBI.
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Williamstown left 13 runners on base in a game that should have been closer than the final score.
Tony Campbell accounted for one hit and one run of the Williamstown offensive totals. Drew Harris also added a hit, while Derrick Cummins knocked in a run for the team’s only RBI.
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Errors costs the Demons against the much stronger, more experienced Pioneers, who have lost only one game this season.
Corey Fryman, Caleb Thompson and Drew Harris all had hits for Williamstown.
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Williamstown’s offense had trouble with the Wildcats’ pitchers the entire game and managed just two hits in the contest.
Corey Fryman had Williamstown’s first hit, while Derrick Cummins had the Demons’ other base hit.