The Mid-Prairie baseball team took the first of two games from West Liberty on the road Monday night. The Golden Hawks opened action with a shortened 10-0 pummeling of the Comets that took just six innings. Game two was more of a drawn out contest as both teams struggled to find command from their pitching staffs. West Liberty took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when lead off walks came around to score. Mid-Prairie would get both back in the top of the second when Jackson Yoder and Carson Christiansen scored following walks.
The Comets pushed across one in the second to take the lead back and Mid-Prairie answered that in the top of the fourth. Yoder led off the inning with an infield hit, the only Golden Hawk hit of game two, he came in to score on a passed ball to tie the game at three. West Liberty took control in the bottom half with three runs on four hits and never looked back en route to the 8-3 win. Following the game Head Coach Ryan Koller talked about the importance of throwing strikes
“It goes back to throwing strikes,” Koller said. “They got the momentum early, we walked three in the first inning, they took the lead, and we came back and tied it, but for the most part they came up with some big hits and kind of pulled away.”
Yoder took the loss for Mid-Prairie going an inning and a third allowing three hits, three runs, walking four and striking out one. Mid-Prairie is back in action tonight when they host Muscatine.