While senior right-hander Ryan Pansch was busy turning away Musselman batters with strikeouts, Washington enjoyed a four-run lead. When Pansch left after four innings, the Applemen rallied for six runs in the game’s latter stages (while holding Washington scoreless), they had erased the lead and done enough to defeat the Patriots, 6-4, in eight innings.
Pansch, who was pitching for the first time in Washington’s three-game season, had fanned eight and allowed two harmless hits before leaving when he reached a prescribed pitch count.
The loss was Washington’s first against two wins. The Applemen were 4-0 with the comeback win.
Pansch had two hits and had scored half of Musselman’s runs before the Patriots’ offense was cut off in the late going of the regulation seven innings as well as the only extra inning.
Jared Silva also had a hand in Washington’s early-game scoring. Silva also had two hits and he drove in a pair of runs.
Senior Jonathan Sadler replaced Pansch to begin the Musselman fifth. The Patriots led, 4-0.
Fielding mistakes, errant throws, walks, and some awoken Musselman bats accounted for four runs — only one was earned — off Sadler.
Musselman didn’t take the lead all at once. It scored twice in the fifth and then added the tying runs in the sixth. Two bunts that the Patriot infield misplayed led directly to the game being tied at 4-4.
In the game-deciding eighth inning, more Washington fielding problems aided the two-run Musselman rally.
Washington went down in order in its half of the eighth.
Washington left nine runners aboard and Musselman also stranded nine runners in its eight turns.
The next day, Washington wasn’t able to completely use the masterful pitching of Jared Silva in its 1-0 loss to Sherando in Stephens City.
Silva limited the Warriors to only three hits in his six innings of complete-game pitching. Sherando’s only run came on a Trey Porter solo homer in the fourth inning. Silva fanned six and walked only one.
Washington had five hits off Wagner, who mastered the Patriots for five innings and Loudan, who pitched the final two innings. Wagner’s record was 1-0. The save was Loudan’s first.
Kendell Smith had two of Washington’s hits. Smith and Drew Hetzel both had doubles.
Sherando was 4-1 overall and Washington was 2-2.