Washington’s bats continued to produce big results.
The Lady Jays (8-4, 3-2) never trailed and captured a GAC Central softball contest Tuesday at Lakeview Park over Ft. Zumwalt East, 8-4.
Two of Washington’s three conference wins have come against FZE.
“We played well. We’re the better team and the girls did what they had to do to win,” said Washington Head Coach Phil King. “I actually thought we could have scored more runs than we did. We left some runners on base, including the bases loaded in one inning.”
Brooke Smith was the starting pitcher for Washington, working six innings to earn the win. She allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Katie Irwin tossed the seventh inning, allowing one hit.
“Brooke pitched very well. She’s done a good job for us,” King said. “Our pitchers have been doing well. Pitching is not the problem for us. In most of the games we’ve lost, our defense has just made too many mistakes.”
King is confident the Lady Jays’ defense will improve as the season progresses.
“We have too many good athletes who have played a lot of softball in the past for our defense not to get better,” King said. “I think we’re getting there. It’s just a matter of time.”
Washington’s offense has been a strength this season.
Kaelie Smith belted a home run in the first inning, finishing the Ft. Zumwalt East game with one hit, one run and two RBIs.
MC Landolt collected two hits, two runs, one RBI and one stolen base.
Lilli Mantle added one hit (double), one walk, one stolen base, two RBIs and one run.
Elanna Osthoff registered one hit and one walk.
Becca Daugherty had one hit (double) and one run.
Megan Freitag was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run. Courtney Kedroski had one steal and one run. Abbey Martin added one RBI.
“Our offensive attack, one through nine, is one of the most balanced attacks I’ve ever had,” King said. “We’re scoring a lot of runs this year and everyone is contributing to that.”
Maddy Eudy pitched the entire game for Ft. Zumwalt East (1-9, 0-6). Carol Ann Weiler had two hits, including a home run.
With three conference games remaining, the Lady Jays still have a shot at sharing the league crown.
“Ft. Zumwalt North is on top right now,” King said. “We have to win our last three conference games, one of which is against Ft. Zumwalt North, and hope that someone else beats them for us to have a chance.”
Washington won the junior varsity game over Ft. Zumwalt East, 12-2.