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Mid-Prairie has been in a bit of a rut. So against Class 2A No. 2 Cascade, Mid-Prairie shuffled up their lineup in the hope of creating a spark.
While the Golden Hawks were able to use that spark early, they couldn’t catch fire and the hard-hitting bats of Cascade proved to be too much in a 12-2 loss.
“Right now I think we’ve got the bug and we’re not hitting. So we need to change who is in the lineup, change the order and really need to get the whole mindset flipped,” Mid-Prairie coach Andy Greiner said.
Some of the change came right at the top of the lineup, as senior Peyton Miller was inserted as the designated hitter, with Greiner hoping to use his speed as a way to put pressure on the defense.
Miller attempted to bunt in all three at-bats on the night, reaching once on a walk and was called out on a would-be single for dropping the bat in the field of play.
The batting order also saw Collin Gingerich and Rex Peck move up in the order, batting third and fourth. Gingerich was the starting pitcher on the night for Mid-Prairie. He mostly kept a Cascade team that came into the game averaging four extra-base hits per game in check.
“I was pretty proud of our pitchers, especially Collin (Gingerich),” Greiner said. “He threw about 75 pitches tonight against a really solid hitting ball club and I felt he held his own.”
Gingerich gave up only three earned runs over five innings and Conner Miller gave up two earned runs in the final two innings of play. The defense behind the pitchers had a rough night, commiting seven errors on the night.
“It’s the personnel; we’re trying different guys at different spots. We’re just trying to find some consistency and moved guys around tonight quite a bit,” Greiner said.
Greiner said despite the errors, it felt like they were in the game until Cascade made it a 9-2 lead in the top of the sixth, and from there the game got away from them.
The loss is the sixth in a row for the Golden Hawks and moved them to a 5-6 record.
Cascade: 211 023 3 — 12
Mid-Prairie: 200 000 1 — 3
Hits — Collin Gingerich 1, Conner Miller 1, Jacob Leonard 1, Cale Robertson 1, Stephen Miller 1.
Runs — Collin Gingerich 1, Cale Robertson 1, Byron Yoder 1.
RBIs — Jacob Leonard 2.
Mid-Prairie takes Regina to extras
In game two of a doubleheader, the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks took Class 2A No. 2 Iowa City Regina to extra innings, falling 4-2 after eight innings.
Collin Gingerich pitched the distance, going eight innings for Mid-Prairie. He struck out two batters and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits.
Mid-Prairie was able to force extra innings after scoring one in the bottom of the seventh. Three of Mid-Prairie’s six hits during the game came during the inning. Keaton Duwa singled with no outs. Brody Miller then put down a sacrifice bunt to move Duwa to second.
Eli Steckly then came to the plate with a runner in scoring position. He singled and Duwa advanced to third to put the tying run on third and the winning run on first.
Gingerich then helped himself, singling to left field and scoring Duwa. Steckly then advanced to second.
Stephen Miller struck out swinging, but Steckly and Gingerich were able to advance to third on a passed ball.
Cale Robertston then went down swinging and the game headed to extras.
Regina was able to add two runs in the top of the eighth after a pair of hits. In the bottom of the eighth Brad Tornow made it to first on an error, but wasn’t able to advance and Regina closed the game out in the next three batters.
The Golden Hawks are now 5-8 on the season. Game one of the doubleheader was a 13-0 Regina win.