Golden Hawks fall to Mt. Pleasant
WELLMAN — After Mid-Prairie rallied from an early 5-0 deficit, Mt. Pleasant poured on the runs in the late innings to take an 11-5 non-conference win in Wellman on Wednesday night.
The Golden Hawks (2-3) dug themselves a hole early against the Panther bats. Starting pitcher Nick Stimson struck out four batters in the first two innings, but was tagged for five runs before giving way to sophomore Spencer Shalla in the second inning. Shalla settled in and held the Mt. Pleasant batters at bay as the Golden Hawks chipped away at the lead.
Mid-Prairie senior Dylan Wertz singled and later scored on senior Brandon Aggeson’s line drive to left centerfield in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Jonas Coblentz proceeded to drive in Aggeson with a sharply hit RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Golden Hawk bats erupted in the third, as senior Kyle Mullet hit a two-RBI triple to deep right field, bringing senior Jason Schrock and sophomore Seth Eash home to score. Mullet eventually scored on Wertz’s sacrifice fly to tie the score.
But Mt. Pleasant (1-3) regained the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs off of Shalla. But Shalla continued to battle, and he retired six straight batters to keep Mid-Prairie within striking distance. Shalla left the game in the sixth, and the Panthers got three more runs off of Mullet to take the 11-5 win.
“Mt. Pleasant is a classy ball club,” Mid-Prairie head coach Ryan Koller said. “They are obviously well coached and disciplined. Our guys were not intimidated, though, and I was proud of how they continued to battle all night despite us going down 5-0 early. Lots of teams would have folded up the tents at that point, but our guys don’t have any quit in them. They’re great kids.”
Mid-Prairie hosts North Cedar for a varsity doubleheader tonight in Wellman.
Mid-Prairie JV also falls to Mt. Pleasant
WELLMAN — Trent Fisher’s pitching kept the Mid-Prairie junior varsity baseball team close, but visiting Mt. Pleasant defeated the Golden Hawks 6-0 on Wednesday night.
Fisher allowed just two runs, one earned, through four innings. Meanwhile, the Golden Hawks had chances to score, but were unable to come up with timely hits. Carson Christiansen walked and Jackson Yoder got a base hit to give Mid-Prairie two on with one out in the first inning, but the Golden Hawks were unable to take advantage.
Jacob Kukuzke came on to pitch in the fifth inning, and walks and a few defensive miscues allowed Mt. Pleasant to take a 6-0 lead. Mid-Prairie threatened to rally in the bottom of the fifth, as Trent Fisher drew a leadoff walk and Nic Tew hit a single, but strikeouts ended the inning.
“Strikeouts were the reason we lost tonight,” Mid-Prairie JV coach Trent Tappan said. “Of the 15 outs in the game, we struck out 11 times, so in that area we have to get better. Pitching and defense were what kept us in the game.”
Yoder went 2-for-2 at the plate in the contest, and Tew was 1-for-3.