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Hawks Snap Skid With Split

Posted: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 7:00 am

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk baseball team ended a nine game losing streak Tuesday, splitting a River Valley Conference doubleheader with visiting Durant, falling in game one 7-5 in nine innings and taking game two 11-6.

In a doubleheader heard on KCII, Mid-Prairie got on the board first in game one with Jacob Leonard driving in Eli Steckly with an RBI ground out in the opening frame. Durant grabbed the lead with a four run fourth inning only to see Mid-Prairie score three times in the bottom of the fourth on two walks, a pair of dropped third strikes, two passed balls and a Wildcat error to tie the game at four. The Golden Hawks reclaimed the lead in the fifth on a Brad Tornow base hit that scored Keaton Duwa to make it 5-4. Durant rallied in their final at bat with a run to send it to extras, then added two more in the ninth to get the win. Jacob Leonard took the loss in relief for Mid-Prairie going two and a third innings, allowing four hits, two runs, and striking out one. The Hawks were held to just two total hits in the loss.

In game two, the Hawks struck first again with a single run in the second to go up 1-0. Durant countered by sending 10 to the plate in the third, scoring five times to take a 5-1 advantage. From there Mid-Prairie chipped away with a single run in the bottom half to make it 5-2 before exploding for six runs in the fourth, sending 11 men to the plate. The Golden Hawks would add three more in the fifth for insurance and finish out the win. Eight of the nine Golden Hawks in the starting lineup scored a run. Eli Steckly, Collin Gingerich and Peyton Miller each finished with two hits. Steckley and Jacob Leonard had two RBI apiece. Monte Slabaugh got the win in his first varsity start, throwing five innings, allowing nine hits, five runs and striking out two with no walks.

Mid-Prairie is now 6-9 on the year and will next be in action Thursday when they host Camanche.