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Stepping out onto the field at Busch Stadium for the first time brought goosebumps for some Mid-Prairie players.
“It’s kind of weird, because we’re just used to playing on smaller fields. Then you look out there and it’s just huge and makes you kind of nervous at first,” Mid-Prairie senior Collin Gingerich said.
Gingerich pitched the fifth and six innings for the Golden Hawks. He said taking the mound for the first time there was a lot through his mind. He said he was mostly thinking about all of the greats that had taken the same mound.
“I was just thinking about everyone that had pitched there and getting the opportunity to do that was pretty cool,” he said.
The Golden Hawks battled the Washington Demons on Saturday morning at Busch Stadium. The Demons won the game 9-4. The players, their families and fans then attended the Cubs versus Cardinals game later that night, seeing a 6-3 Cubs victory.
Mid-Prairie took an early 1-0 lead after Eli Steckly scored on a wild pitch. Washington tied things up at the end of the first inning and took a 2-1 lead in the second. Mid-Prairie coach Andy Greiner switched his pitchers every two innings with Brad Tornow, Gingerich and Brody Miller pitching for the Golden Hawks.
Washington was able to take the lead for good in the fourth inning as they strung together a few hits to score four in the inning and take a 6-2 lead.
Golden Hawk third baseman Keaton Duwa had the lone extra-base hit on the day for Mid-Prairie, a memory he said he’ll treasure going forward.
“The coolest thing for me there was if you get a hit or make a play you see yourself up on the instant replay … so getting a double at Busch Stadium was just awesome,” he said.
The Golden Hawks were able to get 16 players into the game on defense, at the plate or courtesy running.
Mid-Prairie coach Andy Greiner called the trip a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the guys and a big thing for the baseball program.
Mid-Prairie: 100 102 0 — 4
Washington: 110 403 X — 9