A day after holding off a furious Barr-Reeve rally in the seventh inning, Washington wasn't able to pull the same trick against Heritage Hills.
The Hatchets fell to the Patriots, 8-6, Thursday evening in their home opener at the Sports Complex. Trailing 8-5 entering the seventh, Washington (1-1) was hoping for a baserunner to get a rally started. With one out, Tyler Edmiston reached second on an error on left fielder Dugan Kippenbrock. Daron Baxter followed that with an infield single and the Hatchets had runners at the corners.
Edmiston scored to cut the deficit to 8-6 on a wild pitch by Derrick Kippenbrock, and Heritage Hills elected to go to the bullpen in favor of Turrin Madden. Steve Pfender and Dale Wirey were hit by pitches, Hunter Potts struck out to bring Dalton Devine to the plate with the bases loaded.
Devine entered the game in the fifth to replace Washington starter Jake Bedwell. Devine threw 2-2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Devine just missed his pitch and flew out to right field, ending the Hatchets night with the first loss of the season.
"Dalton Devine - I'm so impressed with that kid," said Washington coach Steve Reed. "He showed me something tonight. I'm sitting here thinking our relief is paper thin. If I knew he (Devine) was going to do that, I would have brought him in two innings earlier." Washington staked Bedwell to a 5-0 lead through two innings on four hits, thanks to a lack of control by Kippenbrock. In the first inning, the Hatchets scored twice on three walks and two hit by pitches without recording a hit. In the second, Washington scored three more runs - this time with the aid of four hits.
Bedwell cruised through the first seven batters without allowing a hit. But, the Patriots' bats caught fire. Heritage Hills (4-2) scored eight runs on 10 hits the next three innings to take an 8-5 lead.
"Jake Bedwell threw the ball really well - he got tired - he's a freshman," Reed said. "He's throwing the ball in there, they're making contact, we're making plays. If you can do it, nobody wants to watch ball four, ball eight." Washington is halfway through a stretch of four games in four days, with a game at home against Edgewood tonight and at Pike Central on Saturday.
Heritage Hills 002 420 0 - 8 10 2
Washington 230 000 1 - 6 6 0
Bedwell, Devine (5) and Sult; Kippenbrock, Madden (7) and Miller.
W-Kippenbrock. L- Bedwell.
2B: (HH) D. Kippenbrock, Madden. (W) Bedwell.