Mid-Prairie jumped out to an early lead but in the end this time the Durant Wildcats rallied to take a 7-3 Cedar Valley Conference softball win Monday night in Kalona. Mid-Prairie jumped on top by starting the game with four consecutive hits which led to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Mid-Prairie would post another run in the second to lead 3-0. Golden Hawk starter Olivia Lugar sat down the first six batters she faced before running into trouble in the third and fourth innings. In those frames the Golden Hawks wriggled off the hook forcing the Wildcats to strand the bases loaded both times. The fifth and sixth innings were another story however. Durant smacked 10 hits over the two innings and put seven runs on the board including a two run homer from Mackenzie Snowbarger. Olivia Lugar took the loss for Mid-Prairie going 5 1/3 innings allowing 12 hits, and seven runs, all of them earned. Paige Compton recorded the win for Durant. Following the game Head Coach Justin Lutjen talked about the message to his team.
“You know you have to find some building blocks,” Lutjen said. “Like I told them, every game this season we’re building, this might be a set back, but there are so many things that we can take away from this game.”
Mid-Prairie is now 15-9 on the year 5-3 in the CVC and will travel to North Cedar tonight.