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The Washington County Commander baseball team (10-21) is in the midst of a tough stretch as the regular season winds down, losing six of its last seven games.
The Commanderettes haven’t been able to find any more success in district play, either, going 1-7 on the year and falling into the last seed in next week’s district tournament.
The Commanders’ lone win in their last seven games came late last week in a lopsided 15-4 victory over the Burgin Bulldogs (0-21) in five innings of work.
Finding an offensive spark proved to be an easy task for WC throughout the game, with two batters – juniors Wade Moore and Colton Nolan — going a perfect 3-for-3 on the night. Moore also led the team with three runs and two RBI.
As a team, WC recorded 16 hits in 31 at-bats, accounting for a staggering .516 team batting average.
Senior Adam Smith picked up the win on the mound for WC, throwing three shutout innings. He gave up three runs and four walks but was able to pick up the win on the strength of his five strikeouts.
Junior Jacob Howard and freshmen DT Yocum and Garrett Floyd all contributed in mop-up action, combining for the final two innings of work on the mound.
In what turned out to be a preview of next week’s first-round action of district tournament play, the Thomas Nelson Generals (11-18, 3-5) defeated the Commanders by a score of 4-3.
WC jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, with runs coming from Moore, Nolan and junior Justin Shelton
It was an advantage that the Commanders would hold until the fourth inning. The Generals scored four unearned runs off of multiple WC errors in that frame.
The one-run difference turned out to be all that Thomas Nelson would need to pull out the victory.
The Commanders struggled on offense throughout the game and only recorded three hits on the night.
Sophomore starting pitcher Trae Coulter pitched a complete game for WC and picked up the loss, despite not allowing an earned run in the game.
The Spencer County Bears (7-19) made quick work of WC last week, defeating WC 11-1 in six innings.
WC totaled six hits in the game but Floyd was the only Commander to cross the plate.
Floyd’s run tied the game up in the top of the second inning, but it was downhill from there for the Commanders.
It was 5-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Bears brought in six runs in the frame to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Floyd and junior Christopher Mann both had multi-hit games for WC. Senior Travis Mattingly suffered the loss for the Commanders in 3 2/3 worth of work on the mound. He gave up three earned runs, seven hits walked two batters and struck out one in that span. Smith and sophomore Mac Stevens finished out the game for WC.
WC faced off against the North Bullitt Eagles (21-9), who are currently on an eight-game winning streak, on Monday but lost 5-3 in extra innings. Full details will be in next week’s issue of The Sun.
WC is scheduled to hit the road to play the Anderson County Bearcats tomorrow at 6 p.m. for their final regular-season game of the season.