Mid-Prairie came into their Cedar Valley Conference double header with #10 Wilton on Thursday night looking for revenge after losing a close game to the ranked Beavers on the road Monday. Earlier in the week Mid-Prairie took an early 3-0 lead only to see Wilton rally with a five run inning and steal a 7-5 win. In game one senior starter Kyle Mullet left nothing to chance. The Mid-Prairie right hander put the Wilton offense on ice throwing a four hit complete game shut out while striking out 12.
Following the night cap Head Coach Ryan Koller talked about the performance of his senior
“That was the best performance he has had all year, he got ahead of the hitters, had a great curve ball tonight, had 11 [strikeouts] and it was a heck of a performance,” Koller said. “Anytime you shut down Wilton you have to be pitching pretty good.”
“The greatest thing is he is a senior, he’s probably the hardest worker we have, hardest worker I’ve seen, and for him to go out there in his last year to play Wilton, and for him to shut them down. I just felt great for him, hit the ball well too, but for him to pitch like that, it’s phenomenal. I’m happy for him, he deserves it.”
In game two on KCII, Wilton grabbed momentum earlier with a pair of first inning runs against starter Jonas Coblentz. The Golden Hawks would tie in the second with a pair of runs against Wilton starter Austin Anderson on RBI hits from Coblentz and Reid Miller. Mid-Prairie took a 4-2 lead in the fourth as the bottom part of the order came through again, this time Brandon Aggson and Miller both with hits. Mid-Prairie’s 6-9 hitters accounted for six of the Golden Hawks eight hits in the contest. Wilton
took control in the fifth inning with six runs on three hits and a Mid-Prairie error, knocking out Golden Hawk starter Coblentz in favor of Spencer Shalla. With the game 8-4, Mid-Prairie got as close as 8-5 before Wilton scored some late insurance to take the night cap 10-6. At the plate Mid-Prairie was led by Miller who went three for three with an RBI and a run scored. Koller talked in the post game about his team’s performance and turning the corner.
“The first game really showed [our potential], and that’s what I told the kids after the game, that’s what we have, that’s our potential, and now it’s just doing it every game,” Koller said. “If we can put that together, and I found out today our district is going to be pretty tough, and that’s just the way it is. All we can do is keep getting better, the best we can, and let things fall in place.”
Mid-Prairie is now 8-12 overall and 5-7 in conference play