Prairie Home senior Creed Flood went 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI, and teammate Blake Petsel had two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Panthers past Bunceton 14-7 in CCAA action last Friday in Prairie Home.
The Panthers, improving to 4-1 on the season, scored in every inning but the fourth and led Bunceton 3-0 after one, 4-0 after two and 5-1 after three. However, in the top-half of the fourth, the Dragons rallied back with four runs to tie the game at 5-all. Then, after Prairie Home tacked on another run in the fifth to go up 6-5, Bunceton came back and added two more runs in its half of the sixth to make it 7-6. The Dragons never led after that as Prairie Home came back and exploded for eight runs in the sixth for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said his team played well to start off the game.
“Clayton Pethan started us off with a big three-run home run and we had the momentum from there for about three innings,” Huth said. “Then, we took a step back and Bunceton took control of the game. Bunceton has some good hitters in their linup and I knew it would be long before they got going. We played a solid game at the plate, moved runs when we needed to and had some big hits in key moments to keep us in the ballgame. Defensively, we have some things that we need to work on for sure but other than that a good all around win for the team tonight.”
Flood also picked up the win for the Panthers while Dillon Alpers took the loss for Bunceton, who dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Flood pitched the first-five innings for the Panthers and struck out seven batters while giving up five runs on six hits and five walks. Blake Petsel then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Talon Benne pitched one inning and issued two runs on two hits and three walks.
For Bunceton, Alpers pitched 4 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Brayden Doyle then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and yielded six runs on one hit and three walks while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Hunter Shuffield pitched 2/3 inning and gave up two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters.
Clayton Pethan finished the game with a three-run home run and three RBIs for Prairie Home. Billy Kellum doubled in the game while Alex Rhode had three runs batted in.
For Bunceton, Brayden Doyle went 2-fo-2 with a single, home run and two RBIs. Hunter Shuffield was 2-for-3 with a single and a double while Trevor Anderson, Jason Burnett, Dylan Flatt and Layne Maddex each had one single.
Bunceton coach Tony Turner said the game was neck to neck the whole game until the defense fell apart and allowed Prairie Home to pull away for the win.
“Brayden Doyle hit another home run and was a force with the bat for us,” Turner said. “Shuffield and Jason Burnett both had hits contributing to the run production.”