Mid-Prairie won their first conference series of the season this week beating West Branch two games out of three. The Golden Hawks beat the Bears 5-4 in Wellman Monday night and split a pair of games on the road Thursday evening. In game one the Bears got out to an early 3-1 lead and controlled the game from beginning to end in an 8-1 victory setting up the rubber match.
Battling adversity and injuries Mid-Prairie took the night cap 5-1. The Golden Hawks had scoring chances all night as the lead off man reached in all seven innings against West Branch starter Brad Arp who battled serious control issues walking 11 hitters and beaning two more. Mid-Prairie stranded the bases loaded in the first but got on the board in the second with a pair of runs when Jackson Yoder came through with a two out two RBI single. Mid-Prairie would add another in the fourth when Ryan Errthum came around to score. West Branch cut the Golden Hawk lead to 3-1 in the fourth when Cole Cook scored on a rundown play between third and home but Mid-Prairie added some late insurance with a pair of seventh inning runs when Carson Duwa and Carson Christiansen scored on back to back wild pitches.
The five runs was more than enough for Mid-Prairie senior starter Jonas Coblentz who went the distance in the win, striking out nine. Yoder led the way for the Hawks at the plate with his two hits and two RBI.
Mid-Prairie will next be in action tonight when they host the Keokuk Chiefs for a double header.