By Dennis Glade
The Washington Freedom is still trying to find a rhythm, but it’s not getting easier with each passing game.
Washington Post 120/121 lost to Princeton Post 25 18-3 Monday night at the Sports Complex to drop to 0-4 on the season.
Washington was behind the 8-ball before it even came up to bat. Princeton scored five runs on six hits off Washington starting pitcher – Loogootee’s Trevor Resler. The big blow of the inning was Dillon Whitten’s three-run home run over the right centerfield fence.
“Trevor (Resler) didn’t have his best stuff tonight,” said Washington coach Jeff Truelove. “We’ve been off since Friday so I’m trying to get everybody work before Saturday tournament at Floyd Knobs this weekend.”
Washington second basemen Casey Miller reached on a two-out double and first basemen Tyler Edmiston drove him in with a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 5-1.
Resler sat down Princeton in order in the second inning, but Freedom couldn’t push any runs across the board in the second. Princeton scored three more runs in the top of the third inning on two hits, as they chased Resler from the game with two outs in the innings.
Resler surrendered eight hits and eight earned runs to go along with two walks and one strikeout when Truelove pulled him with two outs in the third in favor of Shoals’ Waylon Bradley. Bradley retired Corey Lamey to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Princeton starter Alec Sandefer retired the first two Washington batters of the inning, but Miller added his second double in as many at-bats. Again, Edmiston drove in Miller, this time with a double for the second of three RBIs on the night.
“Tyler (Edmiston) broke loose tonight with a couple big rips at the plate,” Truelove said. “Glad to have him back in the lineup after we didn’t have him for Friday’s game at Heritage Hills.”
Princeton scored five runs on four hits in the fourth and fifth innings, which was aided by two Freedom errors to extend the lead to 14-3. Princeton finished off its scoring with four runs on five hits and the third Washington error of the night in the sixth inning.
Truelove emphasized that he’s not going to make any excuses for the tough start to the summer schedule, but things will be easier when he has the full roster at his disposal. Washington’s Brayden Walls should be back for Freedom this weekend at Floyd Knobs after he cut his hand today.
“We’re just not meshing yet,” Truelove said. “We have a lot of youth, I don’t like to make excuses, but we have to step it up. We have kids trying some new things. Jake Bedwell has been working on pitching a curve ball down at Heritage Hills on Friday night, and take those things on to the high school level to make the kids a little better. That’s what our job as coaches is to do - Sure we’d like to win, but it gets old losing, “Truelove said. “Everyone seems to be upbeat, so maybe we’re going to turn this thing around.”
Princeton 503 414 0 – 18 17 1
Washington 101 010 0 – 3 8 3
Sandefer and Caleb Wagner; Relser, Bradley (3rd), Miller (5th), Walker (6th), White (6th) and Like.
HR: (P) Whitten, 2B: (P) Lantrip, C. Martin, B. Martin, Wagner; (W) (2) Miller, Edmiston