Will advance to the semifinal round on Monday in Pilot Grove against the top-seeded Tigers
The Prairie Home baseball team waited for the right opportunity Thursday night against Higbee in the opening round of the Class 1 District 11 Tournament.
In a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup at Prairie Home, the Panthers erased a 5-0 deficit with seven runs in the final-two innings for a 7-6 victory.
Prairie Home, improving to 3-10 on the season, will play top-seeded Pilot Grove in the semifinal round on Monday, May 15th in Pilot Grove starting at 5 p.m.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the first-five innings were not very good. “Wyatt produced ground balls, but we didn’t get outs,” Armontrout said. “We threw the ball around. The last two innings, we started to play baseball. We hit the ball, used the whole field, got runners on and were aggressive on the base paths. We will have to play a lot better versus Pilot Grove on Monday.”
The Panthers will also have to do a better job of getting out in front early. Through the first-four innings against Higbee, Prairie Home trailed at one point by a score of 5-0 after giving up two in the second and one run in each of the third and fourth innings of play. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fifth, Prairie Home finally got on the board with four runs to cut the lead to one at 5-4. Then, after Higbee plated another run in its half of the sixth to make it 6-4, the Panthers stormed back again with a three-run seventh for the come from behind win.
Creed Flood picked up the win in relief for Prairie Home. Wyatt Borghardt started the game and pitched the first-three innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out one batter. Flood then came in and pitched four innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out five batters.
Prairie Home also out-hit Higbee 13-12, with Flood going 2-for-4 with one double and two RBIs. Kassen Lock doubled and drove in two runs while Alex Rhode, Billy Kellum and Austin Hatfield finished the game with one single and one RBI.