ANAMOSA - Washington opened its high school baseball season Monday with two nonconference victories on the home field of the Anamosa Raiders.
The two games were completely different affairs. The opener was a runaway 15-0 victory and the nightcap was a come-from-behind 4-3 squeaker.
Cade Hennigan, last year’s Southeast Conference Player of the Year for Washington, got the season started with a spectacular outing on the mound.
Hennigan threw 6 2/3 innings and Chase McDole struck out the only batter he faced to close out a no-hitter.
In the batter’s box, Luke Turner had four hits including a triple.
In the second game, Turner gave up two unearned runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. McDole got the win with six strikeouts in two innings and Kole Hinrichsen pitched the final inning with three Ks.
Anamosa scored three unearned runs on four errors and all errors came with two outs in the two innings they scored.
With the Demons down 3-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Hinrichsen singles, Reece Mayer walks, then Trevor Quigley was hit by the pitch. Brant Stout struck out, Hennigan popped out to the catcher, but Turner was hit by a pitch that scored Hinrichsen. With a 2-2 count, Wilx Witthoft hit a bases-clearing double to give the Demons the lead.
In the bottom of the inning, McDole struck out the first batter, gave up a single and then a walk. A wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third. McDole then strikes out the final two batters to end the game.
“Pitching was a bright spot as we filled the zone up, striking out 28, walking three and only allowed four hits in 14 innings,” Washington coach Nathan Miller said. “We did not have our best game defensively in the second game, but our team continued to compete and did so until the final out. We gave ourselves a chance in the end to win it and had a string of batters come up big, highlighted by Wilx’s game-winning double that cleared the bases.”