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Mid-Prairie falls to Regina in district final

By Bill Gatchel | Jul 17, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Derek Rich takes a turn at bat during the Class 2A District 10 finals at Regina Saturday, July 15.

IOWA CITY — The Regina Regals were host to the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks Saturday, July 15, in the Class 2A District 10 finals in which Regina ended Mid-Prairie’s season by having a 9-3 victory.

It was all Regina from the start as a grand slam by Blake Berns started off the scoring for the Regals to give them a 4-0 lead after the first inning. They put up three more in the second, giving them a 7-0 lead early in the game.

M-P’s first run came in the fourth when Karson Gingerich scored from second when Jacob Leonard would struggle in a rundown between first and second, to get an out. Mid-Prairie trailed by six after the fourth.

The Golden Hawks worked to eat away at their deficit in the fifth when both Eli Steckly and Keaton Duwa came home on a ground-rule double by Ethan Danner. But that would be it for M-P as Regina scored another two runs in the bottom of the fifth and hold on to get the win.

Coach Andy Greiner is still pleased with how the team played despite the loss.

“We didn’t expect to get down in the 4-0 hole,” he says. “I’m super proud of our guys. They stayed with it the whole time. It was just kind of tough to get caught up from a deficit like that in such a big game.

“Our players have not been in a game this big up to this point, so it rattled them a little bit, but I’m just super proud of them that they stayed with it. We had our chances down the stretch and we will keep our heads held high.”

This was the last game for the five seniors on the team. What will Greiner miss about them?

“I’m going to miss their personalities,” he says. “Each one of them is different and we’ve just grown so close and we have a lot of good relationships in the dugout. That’s something that’s not going to go away any time soon.”

The loss ends M-P’s season at 16-15.

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