The Washington Wild Things, walked away from Silver Cross Field on Wednesday with not one but two victories over the Joliet Slammers as they swept a doubleheader. The 6-2 victory and 3-2 come-from-behind win improves Washington’s record to 7-4 and a tie for first place in the East Division with the Evansville Otters.
As play resumed from a suspended game in the fourth inning on Tuesday, the Wild Things were already in front 6-1 over the Slammers. Outfielder Stewart Ijames created the lead for Washington and they never looked back as his 2-4 night, including his second homer of the season, and outfielder CJ Beatty’s fourth blast of the year secured the visiting team’s 6-2 victory in game one.
Washington southpaw Zac Fuesser, who relieved Shawn Blackwell in the conclusion of the suspended game, picked up his second win for the Things’ throwing four scoreless innings, and striking out three while lowering his ERA to 0.93.
In the second game of the evening, the Wild Things took advantage of timely hitting as they rallied from an early deficit to win a 3-2 thriller in game two.
While the Slammers starter Blair Walters tossed 6 1/3 innings of one hit baseball and a 2-0 advantage heading into the last inning for the home team, it was a leadoff walk that Walters allowed to Maxx Garrett that stirred the pot for Washington in the seventh.
With bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Joliet reliever Jordan Wellander walked pinch hitter William Beckwith, scoring Michael Allen, to make it a 2-1 ballgame. Then, down to their final two outs of the contest, one of Washington’s most consistent hitters, leadoff man Daniel Poma, ripped a clutch two-run single, bringing home Ryan Kresky and Jim Vahalik, to put the Wild Things ahead 3-2. Joliet threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Washington closer Jonathon Kountis sealed the deal for the Wild Things as he captured his third save of the early season.
Blair Walters (0-1) took the loss for the Slammers, in his first outing of the season. Walters threw six complete innings, giving up three runs. For Washington, Tim Flight tossed five innings, allowing only four hits in his second start of the season. In relief, Matt Purnell (1-0) earned the win for Washington.
The Wild Things return to action Thursday to finish their three game series with the Joliet Slammers. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. .