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In their first game of the 5th Region All-A Classic, the Washington County Commanders (5-10, 0-1) lost to the Campbellsville Eagles (8-7) by a score of 11-6.
The Commanders are just three years removed from winning the regional All-A Classic but are now mired in consecutive first-game exits, losing 5-3 last season to the Green County Dragons.
It was the team’s fourth game in five days and third loss in three days.
“We’re having a tough stretch,” WC head coach Derek Schuler said. “We’ll score a bunch of runs all together and go long stretches without scoring. It’s like we have to have our backs against the wall to put in a full effort. But we’re trying to put it all together by the end of the season.”
Just one evening before the All-A Classic, WC was matched up against an Adair County Indian (7-6) team they had beaten 6-3 less than a month prior to this rematch.
However, the Commanders were unable to repeat that effort, losing 5-4.
Despite being no-hit by Adair through four innings, WC was able to climb back into the game on the heels of a four-run fifth inning.
But, because the team was incapable of “putting together seven innings of work,” they came away with the loss.
“It’s just one of those cases where, sometimes, we’re really intense and focused at times, but other times, we’re not,” Schuler said. “We’ve got to play hard for seven innings.”
Last Thursday night, the Commanders were involved in their only road contest of the week, a 5-4 loss in extra innings to the Lincoln County Patriots (4-11).
WC would go up 3-0 early, but the late innings served as an offensive outburst by the two squads. In the top of the six, the Patriots tied the game at three.
WC and Lincoln then proceeded to swap the lead back and forth until the end of the contest.
It was tied at three after the six innings, and the outcome would only become more muddled.
Junior Christopher Mann drove in fellow classmate Colton Nolan in the top of the seventh to retake the lead.
But a Patriot run sent the game into the eighth inning, where the Commanders scored zero runs and gave up the game-winner.
Against the Garrard County Golden Lions (9-3), the game was cut short due to inclement weather, but WC was able to officially pick up the 2-0 win before it was cancelled.
It was in this game that Schuler believed his team put in one of their best overall efforts of the season.
“We showed a lot of intensity the whole time,” Schuler said. “We just played really, really well.”
After having their tilt against Anderson County cancelled this past Monday night and hosting the Bethlehem Eagles on Tuesday (after press time), the Commanders’ next game will be at home this afternoon against the Bardstown Tigers at 5:30 p.m.