Commanders ride three-game win streak

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County vs. Burgin
15-0 Washington County
When: Monday, April 15
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - Chris Warner
Game highlights: Washington County baseball (9-8) made easy work of Burgin (0-3) on Monday night, run-ruling the Bulldogs in five innings, 15-0.

The Commanders did a lot of their damage in the first inning, hanging seven runs on two Burgin pitchers to put the game well in hand right away.

Senior Will Begley, who was on the hill for Washington County, gave up a one-out single to Burgin junior Mason Myers, but that was all the Bulldogs would get early on.

Myers tried to steal second, but was thrown out on a rocket by freshman catcher Trae Coulter. Begley struck out the following batter to end the inning.

That’s when the Commander offense started (and ended) the game.
Senior Thomas Spalding was the catalyst, stealing second base following a walk, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scampered home on a wild pitch ball four to sophomore Wade Moore.

Coulter then walked and was the last batter the Burgin starter would face. Junior Travis Mattingly delivered a RBI double for the game’s second run, followed by a RBI single for junior Adam Smith. Begley singled a ball off the opposing pitcher and after a Burgin error allowed a run to score, WC had two on and still just one out when senior Chris Warner unloaded with a big swing and put a three-run shot over the centerfield wall.

Washington County moved out to a 7-0 lead and didn’t look back on their way to an easy win.

Before the game, Washington County Head Coach Derek Schuler said a win would be a confidence boost heading into a Tuesday matchup with district foe Bethlehem.

“Three wins in a row will be huge for our confidence,” he said. “The coaches keep telling these guys that they are good and they can compete with anyone. Hopefully they start to believe it. “

Washington County vs. Seneca
9-5 Washington County
When: Saturday, April 13
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - Adam Smith, Travis Mattingly.
Game highlights: The Commanders won 9-5 at home against Seneca (4-14) on Saturday by pushing across nine runs despite just six hits as a team.

The big inning was the fourth, when WC turned a 2-1 lead into a 9-1 advantage with a seven-run outburst.

A Smith single, sophomore Jacob Howard walk and a senior Michael Godshall RBI double got things going for the Commanders in the inning.

Seneca allowed two errors leading to two more runs and a single by Coulter, setting up a two-run single by Mattingly. The final two runs in the inning scored on a double by Smith, who recorded two hits and two RBI in the big inning.

Seneca made a bit of a run, scoring three in the fifth and one more in the sixth, but they wouldn’t get any closer, as Mattingly went the distance on the mound.

Mattingly, who drove in two runs at the plate, allowed five runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight in a winning effort.

Washington County @ North Bullitt
9-4 Washington County
When: Friday, April 12
Where: North Bullitt High School
Key players: WCHS - Adam Smith
Game highlights: Washington County’s 9-4 win on Friday was yet another where the Commanders got the win behind a big inning. As it was on Monday night, it was once again the first inning where WC took control.

They scored six runs and had eight players reach base in the inning and never gave up the lead after that.

Spalding reached on an error to start the game, followed by a Moore bunt single and a Coulter walk. Mattingly then walked to drive a run in and Smith singled home another.

Begley picked up a RBI with a sac-fly to left field and Mann got a run home on a fielder’s choice. Howard reached on an error with one out to score two more.

North Bullitt scored one run in the first, another in the second and two more in the fifth to make it a game at 6-4, but WC slammed the door in the top of the seventh with three more runs.

Coulter doubled, Mattingly drove in a run with a single and Smith made up the final scoring with a two-run blast.

Schuler said the offense has come around in recent games.

“In the wins against Seneca and NBHS we had times when we hit the ball very well. Several guys had much better at bats,” Schuler said. “Our pitchers gave us a chance like they have all year.”

Smith was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Commanders. Mattingly and Howard added two RBI each.

Spalding was on the mound and got the win for Washington County, lasting seven innings and giving up four earned runs.

The Commanders were back at it on Tuesday at Bethlehem after press time and will be at Elizabethtown tonight at 5:30 p.m. They’ll travel to Thomas Nelson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and visit Garrard County at 11 a.m. on Saturday.