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Mid-Prairie took a 15-14 win over Camanche with a walk-off hit from Rex Peck that capped off a comeback from a seven-run hole in the first inning.
Peck was facing a 1-2 count when he drove a ball into left field and Eli Steckly came storming from second base to easily score the game-winning run.
“We’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs lately, so a win like this was absolutely critical,” Mid-Prairie coach Andy Greiner said.
The Golden Hawks started off on the wrong foot, giving up seven runs in a first inning that featured three straight Mid-Prairie errors.
Despite facing the 7-0 deficit, Peck said the team just worked to stay positive and realized that with those runs given up so early in the game there was plenty of time for them to come back.
“If things had gotten negative I don’t think we would have been able to come back. We just helped each other out and stayed positive,” he said.
That ability to stay calm is one way Andy Greiner said he can see the ceiling of his team.
“Not every team can do that and that makes me feel like we do have a high ceiling,” he said.
The first three Golden Hawk batters drew walks and then Jacob Leonard delivered a double to right field that scored two. Those were the first two of his four RBIs on the day.
The Golden Hawks picked up two more in the first on a passed ball and on a ground out to cut the deficit to three. Camanche only got one run in the second inning and Mid-Prairie took their first lead in the second.
The Golden Hawks piled in six second-inning runs to push the score to 10-8. The Golden Hawks got hits from Leonard, Steckly, Karson Gingerich, Collin Gingerich and Cale Robertson in the second.
The first two innings took 75 minutes of game time to complete.
The game went back in Camanche’s favor with a 12-10 score after three innings. Both added two runs in the fourth inning. Camanche was shut out the rest of the way and the Golden Hawks added one run in each of the last three innings.
In the seventh, Steckly took an 0-2 count and drew a walk. He stole second base on the first pitch of Peck’s at-bat and looked on. Peck then ended the game with a 15-14 score.
The Mid-Prairie pitching staff was pushed to the limit that night as well. The Mid-Prairie junior varsity team played a doubleheader earlier in the day, so Greiner said he went with 12 varsity players that night. Leonard started the game and was pulled after one inning for Brody Miller. Miller went three and one-third innings but was drilled in the arm by a rocket up the middle and immediately came out of the game. Conner Miller finished things out for the Golden Hawks, giving up three hits in two and two-thirds innings of work.
“We ran with 12 (varsity) players tonight and I’m kind of kicking myself a bit because we were running thin,” Greiner said.
The Mid-Prairie pitching staff only gave up two earned runs compared to the 14 scored by Camanche, in large part due to the six errors Mid-Prairie had on the night.
Camanche: 714 200 0 — 14
Mid-Prairie: 460 211 1 — 15
Hits — Eli Steckly 2, Jacob Leonard 2, Karson Gingerich 2, Brad Tornow 1, Collin Gingerich 1, Byron Yoder 1, Rex Peck 1, Cale Robertson 1.
Mid-Prairie splits with Albia
In a non-conference doubleheader the Golden Hawks split with visiting Albia in a 4-0 loss and 15-5 win.
The win was a 10-run rule with the Golden Hawks adding at least two runs in each at bat. Brad Tornow struck out seven batters in the win.
On the offensive side, Tornow had three hits and two RBIs. Keaton Duwa, Karson Gingerich and Conner Miller had two hits each.
Albia: 100 101 1 — 4
Mid-Prairie: 000 000 0 — 0
Albia: 400 01 — 5
Mid-Prairie: 622 32 —15
Davenport West downs M-P
Mid-Prairie traveled to Davenport on Saturday for a matchup with Class 4A Davenport West, dropping the game 14-1.
West used an 11-run fourth inning to put the game away and 10-run rule the Golden Hawks. Karson Gingerich and Colton Hobbs had the only two hits for Mid-Prairie on the day.
Ashton Bush, Byron Yoder and Chris Miller all took the mound for Mid-Prairie.
Mid-Prairie: 000 01 — 1
Davenport West: 201 11X — 14