The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks lost their first round game against the Ballard Bombers yesterday after leading the game up until the sixth inning.
Olivia Lugar looked unstoppable in the circle, striking out nine in the contest, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the 5-4 loss.
Mid-Prairie had multiple runners on base throughout the game, leaving nine stranded.
Head coach Justin Lutjen talked in the post game about Lugar’s performance, and that the number of runners the Golden Hawks left on base was a key to the loss.
“[Lugar] was good, and she pitched well enough to win the ball game,” Lutjen said. “Leaving all the runs out there in the first three innings, that is what really hurt us, and a team that swings it like Ballard, you can’t leave the door open like that. They did a good job of taking advantage of coming back and coming away with the win.”
Mid-Prairie led the entire game 3-0 up until the sixth inning when the Bombers lived up to their name, hitting two homeruns with a solo and two run shot to tie the game.
The Bombers continued to ride the momentum and took the lead in the seventh 5-3.
With two outs, Mid-Prairie came down to the eighth grader Amber Kral, and she delivered with a solo home run, her first of the season to get within one, but it was not enough.
Mid-Prairie plays again today at 10 A.M. against Davenport Assumption who lost 8-1 in the first round of play.
You can hear the game between Mid-Prairie and Assumption on AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com with pregame at 9:40 A.M. and first pitch at 10 A.M.