The Mid-Prairie baseball team stepped outside of the Cedar Valley Conference Tuesday night, hosting class 4A Muscatine in double header action. In game one on KCII, Muscatine scored in each inning en route to a shortened 12-2 win over the Golden Hawks in five innings. Mid-Prairie was their own worst enemy at times. Golden Hawk pitching issued eight walks and a balk while the Mid-Prairie defense made a pair of costly errors in the field. After falling behind 5-0 Mid-Prairie cut the lead to 5-2 in the third as Dylan Wertz drove in Seth Eash on a sacrifice fly and Kyle Mullet came in to score on a passed ball. Muscatine poured it on from there scoring the game’s last seven runs off of Mid-Prairie starter Nick Stimson and reliever Elliot Runcimon. After the game Mid-Prairie Head Coach Ryan Koller talked about his team’s overall play in game one and the things he has consistently seen so far this season.
“It’s the same thing that it has been, the walks the errors,” Koller said. “We didn’t give up that many hits until later in the game, we were right in the game until the end, at least of a couple of innings, but the walks just killed us and we didn’t get many hits. You can’t win like that, especially against a 4A team.”
Stimson took the loss for Mid-Prairie going four innings, giving up eight hits, 10 runs, six of them earned walking seven and striking out three. Brogan Simonsen recorded the win for Muscatine, at the plate Mid-Prairie mustered just two hits, a double each from Eash and Mullet. In the night cap Muscatine completed the sweep beating Mid-Prairie 18-2 in four frames. Mid-Prairie now stands at 3-7 on the season.