The Prairie Home Panthers baseball team had one of those nights against Calvary Lutheran on Tuesday.
Although the game was close for the first 3 1/2 innings, the Panthers fell victim to walks in the final-two innings as Calvary Lutheran struck for nine runs en route to a 12-2 victory.
While the loss dropped Prairie Home to 1-2 on the season, head coach Eric Rhorer said his team played well but they have to cut down on the walks and strikeouts to stay competitive.
Calvary Lutheran opened the game with two runs in the bottom-half of the first and then added another run in the third to go up 3-1. Meanwhile, after Prairie Home plated one run in the top-half of the fourth, Calvary Lutheran came back and exploded for eight runs in the bottom-half of the inning to extend the lead to 11-1. The Panthers and Calvary Lutheran then put up one run each in the fifth.
Propst picked up the win on the mound for Calvary Lutheran while Jonathan Brandes took the loss for Prairie Home. Propst pitched all five innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up two runs on three hits and five walks. Brandes, meanwhile, pitched 2 1/3 innings for the Panthers and surrendered three runs, two earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out one. Rayce Kendrick, meanwhile, pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed eight runs on four hits and six walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Sam Distler pitched 1/3 inning and issued one run on one walk.
Calvary Lutheran also out-hit Prairie Home 11-3, with Dusheke going 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBIs.
Rayce Kendrick had the only extra base hit in the game for Prairie Home, being a triple. Jonathan Brandes and Ross Kendrick each had one single.