Prairie Home baseball coach Eric Rhorer saw two things from his team Tuesday night in a 5-4 win over the Bunceton Dragons in CCAA action.
First, Rhorer said the Panthers cut down on their errors which translated over to a win. Secondly, he said Prairie Home out-hit Bunceton 5-4 while breaking a 4-4 tie in the bottom-half of the fifth for the victory.
“This was a good first win,” Rhorer said. “We cut down on our errors so now we just need to eliminate the strikeouts.”
While facing Bunceton ace Kyler Tucker, the Panthers jumped out to a 3-2 lead after two innings and a 4-2 advantage after four. However, in the top-half of the fifth, the Dragons rallied back with two runs to tie the game at 4-all. Unfortunately for Bunceton, Prairie Home had the last at-bat and made the most of the opportunity with one run for the victory.
Klay Holliday picked up the win in relief for Prairie Home while Tucker took the loss for Bunceton. Jonathan Brandes started the game for Prairie Home and gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and five walks while striking out six batters in four innings. Holliday then came in and struck out one batter in one inning of work.
As for Tucker, the senior hurler pitched all four innings and surrendered five runs, four earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out 10.
Holliday also led the hitting attack in the game for Prairie Home with a single, triple and two RBIs. Kody Utterback had a single, double and scored two runs while  Rayce Kendrick had the only other hit, being a single.
For Bunceton, Tucker tripled and drove in one run while Weber, Prichet and Terrell added one single each.
Cairo (BB) 11
New Franklin 0
The Cairo Bearcats baseball team took advantage of eight New Franklin errors Tuesday night in a 11-0 win at New Franklin.
The Bulldogs, dropping to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAC, trailed Cairo 1-0 after three, 3-0 after five and 7-0 after six before giving up four more runs in the seventh.
Brad Roberts picked up the win on the mound for Cairo while Tanner White took the loss for the Bulldogs. In six innings, Roberts struck out 15 batters and gave up just one hit and one walk.
White, meanwhile, pitched five-plus innings for New Franklin and allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out four. Alex Holem then came in and pitched one inning and issued three runs, two earned, on two hits and one walk. Then, to finish the game, Jerrod Riley pitched one inning and yielded four runs, three earned, on three hits and one walk.
Austin Wetrich had the only hit in the game for New Franklin, being a double.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said White gave a great effort on the mound but the infield put more balls in the outfield than Cairo did, at least early.
“Three errors from out outfield for the second game in a row is telling as well,” Gerding said. “Some of this can be attributed to the fact that some guys are new, but most of it can be attributed to being not very mentally tough. To lose 11-0 on your home field is very embarrassing. This group has some growing up to do. If we are going to have juniors and seniors making freshmen mistakes, then we might as well have freshmen play.”
In the conference opener last Friday in Madison, the Bulldogs rallied from a 1-0 deficit after two innings by outscoring the Panthers 11-1 for the rest of the game for a 11-2 victory.
Senior Tyler Hull picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin by giving two runs on just one hit and two walks while striking out 12. Alex Holem then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters.
New Franklin also out-hit Madison 8-1, with Austin Wetrich going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI.
Kaleb Anderton had one single and two RBIs while Tyler Hull, Adam Harris, Tanner White and Levi Bishop added one single and one RBI. Alex Holem also singled in the game.
Gerding said this was another great effort by Hull when he didn’t have his best stuff early but got stronger. “We had a collective effort offensively and broke the game open a bit with great bunts by Dylan Johnson in the fourth and T.J. Schapira in the seventh,” Gerding said.