The No. 7 Washington Demons in class 4A and the No. 4 Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks of class 3A met for a double header last night, and it was Mid-Prairie who showed that class has nothing to do with skill.
Mid-Prairie won both games winning 7-4 in game one, and then coming back and for only the second time this year and the second time this week shutting out the Demons 8-0.
The first game was a quick start for Mid-Prairie as they went through seven batters and put up three runs on the board with Mariah Swartzentruber hitting a big two RBI single. The Demons had their chances, but a couple of bad base running errors caused them to lose their base runners. Mid-Prairie kept the hits coming, scoring another in the second before the Demons finally put up some runs on the board scoring two in the third.
The Golden Hawks kept scoring though as they got those runs back quickly scoring two more in the fourth. Olivia Lugar did her job, shutting down the Demons. Washington tried to make a come back as Grace Redlinger tried to make a spark for her team hitting her team leading fourth home run, but it was not enough, as the Demons could only score two more in that inning.
Mid Prairie only scored one in the sixth with the bases loaded, but the score ended 7-4.
In the second game it was all Mid-Prairie as Taylor Kurtz took the circle. The Demons and Maddie Bohr held them scoreless through two, but the runs started coming in with two in the second, and then a big fifth inning which had one of two, two run shots by Felicia Schulty.
The Demons managed eight hits, but could not find a way to move the batters. Kurtz had three strikeouts and no walks in her complete game shutout.
Mid-Prairie head coach Justin Lutjen says it is fun to have the depth at pitching that he has.
“It’s nice to be deep in your pitching, Taylor Kurtz has thrown a lot for us this year and Olivia [Lugar] has done a great job. Kurtz has thrown some big games, shes thrown against Davenport West, and beat them earlier in the year,” Lutjen said. “It’s fun, it’s fun to be deep in the pitching spot, because I know if you’re not it is hard to play double headers, it’s hard to play a lot of games, so I’m proud of her, and Olivia has been solid for us for the last three years, so she did what was expected.”
Washington head coach Angie Shrader told a different story, saying that her team is losing at the mental game.
“Our last three games we are mentally struggling, and haven’t put the runs on the board that we have been and haven’t put the ball in play that we have been,” Shrader said. “I need to find a better way of getting the kids through that, the good thing is that we are not striking out a lot, we are putting it in play, they were making some good plays today we are hit it a little bit harder, hitting more line drives, and not the easy pop-ups that we did in the second game against Fairfield, but we’re still not hitting it with authority.”
The Demons are now 19-5, Mid Prairie is 18-9