We are taking the next few days to take a look at some of the top sports stories for our area in 2010. We are looking at two each day. These twelve stories are in no particular order. Today we look back at a couple of softball stories.
First the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks were a young team in the 2010 season, with assistant Justin Lutjen taking over as head coach for Amy Rath, the Golden Hawks went 23-17, but it was their post season run that earned their spot on our list. In the post season, they began with an 11-5 win over Columbus, then shut out Wapello 11-0. Next, in the Regional Semifinal the Golden Hawks met 2nd ranked Wilton in Wilton. Mid-Prairie won 1-0 to move on and play Pekin for the right to go to state. Here in Washington, the Golden Hawks faced Pekin’s Mackenzie Laux who struck out 284 batters on the season. Mid-Prairie had four hits on the evening and scored four runs to shut out the Panthers 4-0. At the state tournament, Mid-Prairie played St. Edmond Fort Dodge in the first round. They got down 3-0 but rallied to pull within one in the third. St. Edmond though would score two runs in the sixth to win 5-2. Mid-Prairie would win their last two games of the season beating IKM Manning in extra innings in the consolation round, and then beating Hinton 4-0 to finish fifth in the state tournament.