Prairie Home wins third place game against Higbee, 6-4
The Bunceton Dragons baseball team fell short against the host team Wednesday night in the championship game in the CCAA Tournament at Jamestown.
While the Eagles defeated Bunceton 14-2 in five innings, head coach Tony Turner said it was an exciting game.
“First of all I thought the defense was awesome,” Turner said. “We had some great catches in the outfield and good defensive plays on the infield. Our pitching is what failed us last night and that may not be a true or good statement because Jamestown is a good hitting team. Our pitching fell apart around the fourth inning. We just did not hit locations when we needed to.
“The team as a whole was making good hard solid contact, but everytime we hit the ball it came down to a Jamestown defensive player, who was there to catch the ball. The offensive lineup had five strikeouts and over a dozen of high popups to the outfield.”
Nonetheless, the Dragons kept the game close for the first-three innings while trailing Jamestown by a score of 3-1.
Bunceton also scored first in the game with one run in the top-half of the first only to have Jamestown rally back with two in the bottom-half of the inning and one again in the second. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third, Jamestown broke the game wide open with 11 runs to extend the lead to 14-1. Then, in the top-half of the fifth, Bunceton tacked on another run to end the scoring.
Flippin picked up the win on the mound for Jamestown while Rylee Knapheide took the loss for Bunceton. Flippin pitched the first-four innings and struck out five batters while giving up just one run on one hit. Wolfe then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out two batters.
For Bunceton, Knapheide pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered eight runs on six hits and eight walks while striking out two. Dylan Flatt then came in and pitched part of the fourth and issued four runs on three hits. Then, to finish the game, Brayden Doyle also pitched in the fourth and yielded two runs on three hits while striking out one batter.
Jamestown also out-hit Bunceton 12-4, with Wolfe going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Flippin and Perez each had two hits while Thiessen homered and drove in four runs.
For Bunceton, Blake Petsel triple and drove in one run while Brayden Doyle added a double and Jason Burnett and Dillon Alpers each with one single.
Third place game
Prairie Home 6, Higbee 4
In the third place game, Prairie Home defeated Higbee 6-4.
The Panthers, improving to 5-6 on the season, trailed Higbee 2-1 after the fourth inning before rallying back with five runs in the sixth inning for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said senior Creed Flood was huge on the mound for the Panthers. "He pitched well and kept us in the ballgame," Huth said. "As for the hitting, Higbee had a good pitcher on the mound as well that mixed up and kept us off-balance to start the game, but our hitters stayed with the game plan and finally broke through in the sixth to get the win. Alex Rhode came up big in a couple situations as well while Billy Kellum also had a big hit for us. We competed at the plate the whole game."
Flood picked up win on the mound for Prairie Home while Jason Hudson took the loss for Higbee. Flood pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up four runs on six hits and three walks.
Prairie Home also out-hit Higbee 7-6, with Rhode going 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs. Kassen Lock and Kellum each had one single and one RBI while Flood, Clayton Pethan and Ty Stidham each had one single.
Higbee was led by Hudson with two hits.