CLARKSBURG – After picking up their first win of the year in their spring break tourney – a 19-10 shut down of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown – Washington would return home to fall in their conference and non-conference meetings.
The team kicked off their weekend with an exhibition game in Clarksburg, taking on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and logging their third loss of the week.
Notre Dame started out with a solo run in the bottom of the first thanks to Brent Robinson’s sac fly to Kobe Smith in center field.
The Fighting Irish held Washington to a 1-2-3 in the top of the second with Elias Gordon taking the reins, striking out two. Notre Dame then tacked on four more runs on offense, starting with a sac fly by Garrett Collins to Smith and capped by score on passed ball before Gabe Lopez struck out to end the inning.
With Washington being held to another 1-2-3 with Gordon picking up two more strikeouts, Notre Dame picked up seven runs in the third, all with two outs on the board. Collins started things off with a single to Logan Link, pushing in Hunter Emerson, and a series of four walks would account for two more Irish runs. Justin Frazier ended the dagger inning with a single to Jordan Ray in right field.
Washington put up their only run of the game off of Jimmy Williams’ grounder to first base. The Patriots followed the top of the fourth by picking up a 1-2-3 in the bottom, but their rally fell short in the top of the fifth, ending the game at 12-1.
Collins (1-2), Lopez (1-3) and Sam Romero (1-3) accounted for six Irish runs with their two-RBI performances.
Jed Sammons picked up the loss for Washington in two innings, giving up four earned runs and six walks. He struck out six.
Gordon won on the hill for Notre Dame with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
Spring Valley completes comeback with two six-run innings
CLARKSBURG – Washington had Spring Valley on the ropes, leading 7-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Spring Valley, however, had different plans of how Game 2 would end and came back with two six-run innings of raw slugging – inevitably holding off the Patriots for a 16-8 win.
After putting up two runs in the first two innings, Brayden Stottlemeyer began the two-inning, five run drive for Washington by stealing home on error at home plate. Stottlemeyer’s steal allowed Williams to find second base, and the following dropped third strike put Williams in.
Three quick outs put the Patriots back into the dugout for an ensuing three run inning, starting with Ray’s single to right field and capped by Stottlemeyer scoring on a passed ball.
Knocking off the rust for Spring Valley was Tyrus Bawmgardner – singling on a line drive to left field and putting in two runners. S Holbrook followed with a single of his own, putting in one more runner. The six run tirade ended with a double to center field, putting in Seth Damron to tie the game.
A single in the top of the fifth by Ray put in Smith to take the lead back, but Jacob Chadwick’s ground out would end the inning for Washington. An ensuing six runs would be the dagger, as Spring Valley held off Washington while putting up three more runs in the sixth.
Griff Williams took the loss for Washington, pitching for four innings and giving up three earned runs and two walks. He struck out four.
Bawmgardner picked up the win for Spring Valley through three innings. He struck out five and gave up one earned run and one walk.