Pitch well and everything seems to look good.
So it was with the Washburn Post 12 American Legion baseball team on Thursday night.
Post 12 came to Bismarck to do battle with the Bismarck Capitals with a 4-12 record and two previous losses to the Capitals.
Following strong pitching performances by Trevor Schreiner and Cameron Hall, Post 12 left Dwyer Field with a doubleheader sweep. Schreiner pitched a two-hit shutout as Washburn won 6-0. Hall followed with another two-hitter as Washburn prevailed 3-2 in a five-inning contest.
The Capitals dipped to 7-9-1 with the two setbacks.
Schreiner, a right-hander bound for Mayville State to play baseball, said he was as sharp as he's been all summer on Thursday.
All the offense the Capitals could muster off the rangy 6-foot-3 hurler were singles by Josh Lardy in the second inning and Cole Baumiller in the fourth. He walked one, fanned nine and hit a batter. Fifty-six of his 91 pitches were strikes.
"I probably had my very good stuff today," said Schreiner, whose fastball has been clocked at 80 mph. "I threw four change-ups today, 15 to 20 curves and the rest were fastballs, except for a couple of knuckleballs that didn't dance."
Washburn jumped away to a 6-0 lead with a run in the first inning, four in the second and another in the third. That simplified the game for Schreiner.
"Coach (Kent Schweigert) said after we got ahead in the first two innings to pound fastballs and mix up my pitches against their two, three and four hitters," Schreiner said.
That proved to be a winning recipe. The Capitals left only four runners stranded, two of them at third. Carter Strand walked to lead off the bottom of the third and died at third.
Baumiller singled with one gone in the fourth moved up when Lardy was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch put the runners on second and third with one out, but Schreiner struck out Mason Kary with a fastball and Taylor Schmitt with a curve.
Schweigert said Thursday's masterful outing was just Schreiner's second win of the summer.
"We've always given him our toughest games," Schweigert observed.
Kolby Yantzer singled home Dylan Kaul with Washburn's first run in the first inning.
Post 12 added a four-spot in the second as two errors and three walks cost the Capitals dearly.
Hall, also a right-hander, wasn't as overpowering as Schreiner, but he kept the Capitals off balance, allowing singles by Lardy and Strand. The Capital runs, both unearned, scored in the third and fourth innings.
Washburn scored in the first as Kaul, the leadoff man, singled and eventually came around on Reed Backman's sacrifice fly.
The Capitals tied it in the third. Eric Fettig reached second on a throwing error by Yantzer, the third baseman, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
A hit batter and three walks by pitcher Dylan Fredrickson enabled Washburn to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. The Capitals again tied the game in the home fourth, Fredrickson reaching base when Yantzer dropped his pop fly and eventually scoring on a throwing error.
Backman scored the game-winner in the top of the fifth. He coaxed the first of three walks by reliever Preston Eagleson and scored when catcher let the ball get away on a suicide squeeze attempt for a passed ball.
Hall, who delivered 46 strikes and 30 balls, retired the Capitals in order in the bottom of the fifth.
The Capitals return to action Sunday, playing host to Hettinger in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.