Washington can’t keep up with CardsPublished 5:42pm Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Pam Pack offense perked up on Friday but its normally reliable defense suffered a setback as Washington fell 10-4 to Jacksonville in a Coastal Conference matchup.
It was the sixth straight loss for Washington (0-6), but there was cause for hope as the Pack belted out 10 hits in the loss.
“I thought offensively we showed some signs that we haven’t seen up to this point,” Washington coach Ryan Whitney said. “As far as putting balls in play and hitting the baseball it was our best game by far. We just made too many mistakes.”
Devon Van Cura and Patrick Thompson accounted for two hits each, while Matt Dixon, Chase Hartly, Trey Brunson and Will Culter each had one.
“I thought Dustin Moore swung the bat well and Matt Dixon started showing some signs of how good he could be,” Whitney said. “We had hits up and down the lineup from several guys.”
The Pam Pack’s output was not enough to offset a monster night by the Cardinals Blake Heatherly, who went 4-4 with four RBIs.
Jacksonville attacked slow and steady at first by tallying two runs in the first and second and another one in the fourth.
Washington countered with a run in the first and fourth, but the Cardinals put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth that put them ahead 10-2 before the Pack scored a run in the bottom of the inning.
“We had two dropped fly balls that was crucial,” Whitney said. “They had runners on in both situations.”
Jacob Kinnett picked up the win for Jacksonville as he allowed seven hits in five innings and struck out five.
Zach Parker, who threw three innings and allowed eight hits while striking out three, earned the loss.
Jacksonville 220 150 0 — 10 Washington 100 111 0 — 4
WP: Jacob Kinnett; LP: Zach Parker.
Hitting: J — Christian Heisey 3-5 (RBI), Jeremy Evans 1-4, David DiCicco 1-4 (RBI), Blake Heatherly 4-4 (4 RBI), Talon Mulnix 1-3 (RBI), Logan Staup 1-4, Scott Chauncer 1-4 (RBI), Stephen Wendt 2-3; W — Matt Dixon 1-4, Dustin Moore 2-4, Chase Hartly 1-4, Trey Brunson 1-3, Devon Van Cura 2-4, Patrick Thompson 2-2, Will Cutler 1-1.