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Washington begins softball playoffs against Midland on KCII | KCII Radio

The Washington Demon softball team begins its playoff journey tonight when they host Midland in the Class 3A, Region 8 quarterfinals. You can hear all the action on KCII.

A win over Albia, the state’s 12th-ranked team in Class 3A, means the No. 13 Demons finished the regular season with a record of 23-11. It’s the second straight season with at least 23 wins and the first back-to-back winning seasons for Washington in over a decade.

The Demons’ success is largely due to a team that ranks in the top 10 in the state in scoring. Sophomore Leighton Salazar has a .517 batting average with 61 hits and 52 runs as the leadoff hitter, while junior Ella Greiner has a .451 batting average with six doubles, two home runs, 27 runs batted in and another 29 runs scored.

Bella Salazar has rediscovered her all-conference form at bat for Washington after struggling as a sophomore, posting a .358 batting average with five doubles and 34 RBIs. Fellow third-year starter Alyvia Anderson has become a shooting star, posting a .381 batting average with nine doubles, three home runs and 40 runs scored, the most on the team.

Demons head coach Ben Obermann tells KCII Sports that Anderson’s success is the result of hard work to develop from a good hitter to an elite one.

“It just speaks to her work ethic,” Obermann said. “She’s worked really hard, not just in the offseason, but every time she’s in the (batting) cage, she does everything with a goal in mind. She’s gotten a year older and stronger, but her batting speed is much faster this year. She has good technique at the plate. She’s become an even more complete hitter.”

Washington faces a Midlands team that is 12-24 but has won three games in a row. The Eagles have an excellent running game and have stolen an incredible 241 bases as a team.

The Demons look to advance to the Region 8 semifinals and win a playoff game for the second consecutive year. You can watch Washington’s playoff softball tonight on 106.1 FM KCII and streaming on KCIIIradio.com and the KCII1 app, starting with the Roder Epoxy Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m.

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