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Last week proved to be a tough slate of games for the Washington County Commanders (2-5), a disappointing stretch that was capped off last Saturday in an 11-0 loss to the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots (3-6).
With senior Adam Smith on the mound for WC, both teams were scoreless after two innings, but the Patriots broke the game open in the third frame.
Two errors, a walk and a triple by Allen County-Scottsville added up to four runs scored for the Patriots. After another four-run inning in the fourth, the game was essentially out of reach for a Commander offense that was out of sync.
The game was called in the fifth because of the 10-run rule, leaving the Commanders with only two hits on the evening.
In WC’s lone win last week, the Commanders rode sophomore pitcher Trae Coulter’s 11 strikeouts to a 4-1 victory against the Hart County Raiders (1-4).
The game, which also took place on Saturday as part of a three-way matchup at Hart County, was a sharp contrast from the tilt against Allen County-Scottsville, as the Commanders controlled the game from the start.
Coulter pitched six innings while only giving up one hit and one unearned run on the evening.
He was followed on the mound by junior Jacob Howard, who closed the game out with a scoreless seventh inning.
Junior Colton Nolan led WC on offense with two hits. The team managed six hits total against the Raiders.
Against border rival Marion County (3-1) last Wednesday, the Commanders were able to keep the game close, despite committing four errors in the contest.
In the end, though, they were unable to overcome their mental errors, falling 4-3 to the Knights.
However, the game wasn’t decided until its final at-bat.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Coulter stepped up to the plate with a chance to either tie the game or score the victory. But a hard line drive to right field sealed the game for Marion County.
Senior Travis Mattingly started the game on the mound for WC, giving up four total runs on six hits.
On offense, the Commanders were able to record eight hits against Marion. Coulter and junior Wade Moore, who recorded two hits apiece, led the team in that category.
WC will get another shot at defeating their rival on April 25 in the First Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Invitational.
The amount of errors and mental mistakes by the Commanders characterized the team’s struggles toward the beginning of last week. Before committing four errors and falling to Marion County, WC was on the losing end of a 5-1 contest, in part because of three Commander errors.
Coulter started the game for WC, giving up five total runs on only four hits allowed. He also fanned five batters in the contest.
Junior Justin Shelton scored the team’s only run after earning a base on balls. The Commanders collected three hits in total, with Coulter (2-for-3) and Moore (1-for-4) accounting for each.
The Commanders dropped their fifth game in six matches this past Monday against the Spencer County Bears (4-3). Full details of the contest will be featured in next week’s edition of The Springfield Sun.
WC played district-rival Nelson County after press time yesterday. Their next game will be a home match against the Bardstown Tigers this Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.