Commander rallies fall short at home, WC bounces back at Casey Co.

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County baseball sits at 3-3 after three games last week, which included a pair of losses to Anderson and Adair counties and a win at Casey County on Saturday. The Commanders’ first round 5th Region All-A game against Green County was postponed last Monday and has been rescheduled for April 8 at Idle Hour Park.

Washington County @ Casey County
12-6 Washington County
When: Saturday, March 23
Where: Casey County High School
Key players: WCHS - Adam Smith, Travis Mattingly CCHS - Hunter Christian
Game highlights: The Commanders visited the Rebels of Casey County (0-6) on Saturday, the teams’ second meeting of the young season, and WC prevailed as they did in the first meeting, 12-6.

Washington County freshman Trae Coulter and Casey County junior Hunter Christian exchanged RBI doubles in the first inning, before WC took the lead for good in the second frame.

WC senior Quincy Purdom and senior Michael Godshall each doubled in the second to put the Commanders on top, before sophomore Wade Moore brought a pair of runs home with a triple. Moore scored on a Casey County error to push the lead to 5-1 early.

With Washington County leading 6-1 in the bottom of the third inning (following a RBI double by WC junior Adam Smith) the Rebels rallied for two runs thanks to a couple of Commander miscues. That 6-3 deficit was as close as they’d get the rest of the way, however.

Washington County posted six runs over the final three innings, including a two-run double from Purdom in the three-run sixth on their way to a comfortable victory.

Junior Travis Mattingly lasted all seven innings on the mound for the Commanders, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out five. Mattingly didn’t walk a batter, but hit one in the win.

Smith led the way at the plate for the Commanders, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Moore, Purdom and Godshall drove in two runs a piece.

Washington County vs. Adair County
8-5 Adair County
When: Friday, March 22
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - Wade Moore, Trae Coulter ACHS - Trenton Watson, Dusty Todd
Game highlights: Washington County’s late rally on Friday night against the visiting Adair County Indians (5-2), as their four-run seventh inning wasn’t enough to overcome an 8-5 loss.

The Indians took control of a scoreless game in the third inning by batting around on their way to six runs. Adair County used the Commanders’ strategy of small ball to take the lead, recording three singles, a double, a bunt for a RBI and reached on two WC errors in the inning to end the stalemate.

After a solo homer by junior Trenton Watson put the Commanders in a 7-0 hole, Washington County tried to come back, starting with a RBI single by Jacob Howard in the sixth inning. Adair County got that run back in the top of the seventh, forcing WC to start their rally down seven runs in the final frame.

Senior Thomas Spalding doubled home Purdom with one out to get the Commanders started. A run scored on a bases-loaded walk by senior Will Begley and the final two runs scored on a Coulter single. The rally was cut short when sophomore pitcher Dusty Todd fanned his 11th batter of the game to preserve the Adair County win.

“Adair County is a good team,” said Washington County Head Coach Derek Schuler. “We needed to be a little more selective at the plate.  Freshman Trae Coulter came in the last four innings and pitched and he did a great job holding Adair to two runs.”

Moore was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored for WC and Mattingly was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Coulter was also 2-for-4 with two runs driven in and four innings pitched in relief of Begley, who allowed two runs over three innings. Watson finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead Adair County in the win.

Washington County vs. Anderson County
4-3 Anderson County
When: Friday, March 22
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - Michael Godshall ACHS - Brandon Eliadis
Game highlights:
The Commanders took Anderson County (2-3) to extras on Wednesday, but it was the Bearcats who were able to leave Idle Hour Park with a hard-fought road win in 40-degree, windy conditions.

Anderson County survived the elements and five errors on their way to the victory. They were led by junior pitcher Brandon Eliadis, who pitched all eight innings and struck out 14 batters in a three-hit, two-walk effort.

After Anderson County had scraped across two runs in the top of the fifth, Washington County got one back on a Godshall bunt RBI and tied the game on a Bearcats error.

Senior Alex Payton’s single gave Anderson County a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, but WC had the answer again in the seventh.
After Godshall made his way to second base on an error and Spalding bunted him to third, where he scored two batters later on a two-out error by Anderson County.

The late push wasn’t enough, however, as senior Granville Hayes singled and stole second base to start the eighth inning. He came around to score on a junior Conor Cotton base hit for the game’s final run.

The Commanders were unable to reach base in the bottom half of the inning to mount a rally.

Godshall was 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI for Washington County. Mattingly also had a run batted in for the Commanders.

Snow interrupted WC’s plans to host Spencer County on Monday and they were scheduled to visit Nelson County (5-2) in their first district matchup on Tuesday after press time. After five-straight home games to open the year, WC will be on the road quite a bit over the next few games and Schuler said his team getting its feet wet at home should be a big help.

“It’s been nice,” Schuler said of the early home schedule. “These guys are working hard and we are getting a feel for what kind of a team we are and what kind of a team we can be.”

The Commanders host Marion County (2-2) on Wednesday, visit Bardstown (1-4) on Friday and head to Central Hardin  (4-0) on Saturday. They’re scheduled to travel to Bellevue (1-0) on Monday and Holmes (1-0) on Tuesday of next week.