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The Mid-Prairie baseball team trailed 8-4 in the sixth inning of Monday night’s nightcap with Tipton. The Golden Hawks were looking at a fourth straight loss after a 5-0 start to the season.
Karson Gingerich tied the game with a two-run double and Derek Rich delivered the go-ahead single as Mid-Prairie scored nine runs in the inning for a 13-8 win. The Golden Hawks split the double header after losing 10-7 in the first game.
Mid-Prairie took a 3-1 lead in the second inning of the second game when Brad Tornow reached on a two-out error, scoring two runs. Rich added a run with bases-loaded single to right, but an out at home plate prevented a big inning.
Tipton came back with three runs in the third and four in the fifth before Mid-Prairie scored nine runs on seven hits in the sixth.
In the early game, Mid-Prairie came back from a 7-0 deficit to tie it up before surrendering four runs on two hit-batters and three errors in the sixth.
Singles from Keaton Duwa, Ethan Danner and Jared Miller got the Golden Hawks on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Danner singled and Jacob Leonard doubled to score runs in the fifth. Miller tied the game with a sacrifice ground ball to third base.
Unearned runs accounted for 16 of the 19 scored by Tipton in the double header.
Mid-Prairie hit the ball, but left nine runners on base in a 10-2 loss at Center Point-Urbana on Friday night. It was the first loss of the season for the Golden Hawks, who had three players leave the game due to injury.
Trailing 2-0, the Golden Hawks left runners on first and second base in the second inning and again in the third. CPU took advantage of an error, a passed ball, a walk and a wild pitch to add two runs to the lead in the fourth.
Mid-Prairie got on the board in the fourth inning on Jacob Leonard’s RBI single. Leonard walked in the sixth, stole third base and took home on an error to cut the lead to 8-2. Collin Gingerich went 1-1 with a walk and Jared Miller was 1-2 with a walk in the loss.
Mid-Prairie’s offensive struggles increased in the second game of the double header, a 12-2 loss.
The Golden Hawks opened the game with back-to-back hits from Brad Tornow and Keaton Duwa. Duwa’s double gave Mid-Prairie an early 1-0 lead, but Mid-Prairie would have just one more hit in the ball game.
CPU took a 5-1 lead with three doubles in the first inning. Derek Rich had a leadoff double and scored in the fourth to cut the deficit to five runs, but CPU answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
For the third time in five games, the Golden Hawks found themselves down by a run in the first inning of the game.
Just like the first two times, Mid-Prairie had a quick answer and led 3-1 after two innings on the way to an 8-3 win over Monticello.
The Panthers opened Thursday’s game with back-to-back singles, but Brad Tornow allowed just two more hits over the next 5 and 2/3 innings as the Golden Hawks built a 5-1 lead. The freshman struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
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