Dunlap no match for torrid Washington

Bryan Veginski
Washington senior catcher Zach Little puts a Nick Mangieri pitch in play April 9 for the baseball team at Dunlap. The Panthers have won 15 games in a row to run their season record to 17-2.

Two baseball teams going in opposite directions produced the expected result April 9.

Washington used a 10-hit attack and continued solid pitching to win a 7-2 Mid-Illini Conference decision at Dunlap.

Panther Isaac Fisher was 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI off Eagle pitcher Nick Mangieri, an Indiana University football signee.

Mason McCoy and Dakota Bullard had two hits apiece for Washington. Seth Aydt and Casey Danley rapped doubles. McCoy also drove in a run.

Washington’s Jeremy Piers whirled a complete game, whiffing seven and walking two. He yielded only four hits.

WCHS 9-6, Canton 2-3

The Panthers swept a scheduled conference doubleheader from the Little Giants Saturday.

Entering the third week of M-I play, Washington (16-2, 6-0) was one game up on fellow unbeateans Morton and Limestone, both of whom were 4-0.

The Potters and Rockets started their two-game series Monday, with Limestone winning, 1-0. They play Wednesday in Morton.

The Panthers snapped a 1-1 tie in game one with eight runs over the final three innings.

McCoy and Danley both were 3-for-3. Each homered, and McCoy also doubled.

McCoy drove in seven runs as he continues to assault opposing pitching.

Nick Scalf also had an RBI to back Tanner Smith, who struck out six and walked four in a winning starting role for Washington.

Talon Supak finished in the seventh. He also worked in the second game.

A four-run first inning in the nightcap paved the way for the Panthers’ 14th consecutive win.

Bullard was 3-for-4 with a double and Fisher added two of the team’s 10 hits and an RBI.

Scalf knocked in two runs. McCoy, Josiah Rose and Charlie Ludolph also pitched.

Both games were played at Washington since it was raining in Canton in the morning.

The Panthers were the road team in the opener.

The Little Giants are much better than their 0-7 league record indicates. They lost twice to Metamora by a run in the first week, then dropped a pair of extra-inning games to Limestone. Monday, Canton lost a late lead to fall vs. East Peoria.

Washington won against conference guest Pekin Monday under the lights, 5-1.