The Prairie Home Panthers baseball team fell in its season opener Friday night at home against the Sturgeon Bulldogs 13-11.
Despite the loss, Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said he thought the players played really well for most of the game for the first game out.
“Pitching was a huge problem for us in this game,” Huth said. “We gave up 12 walks as a pitching staff, and you can’t expect to win too many games doing that. With that the defense was shaky at times giving up four errors on the night as well, but as a whole we fought back as a team the whole night. We came back and answered every inning and that’s something I loved seeing in this team right off the bat. We hit the ball well and moved runners when we needed to at times. Just need to tighten some things up and put a whole game together from pitching to hitting.”
Of course it didn’t help that Sturgeon jumped out to a 6-1 lead after 3 1/2. However the Panthers kept chipping away and cut the deficit to two at 6-4 after four. Meanwhile, after Sturgeon plated three more runs in the fifth, Prairie Home answered again with one in the bottom half of the inning and four again in the sixth to tie the game at 9-all. However in the seventh, Sturgeon tacked on four more runs to go up 13-9 while Prairie Home could only answer with two in the bottom half of the inning for the loss.
Mason Wells took the loss on the mound for Prairie Home. As the fourth of sixth pitchers in the game for the Panthers, Wells gave up four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
Blake Petsel was the opening day starter for Prairie Home and pitched the first-two innings, followed by Clayton Pethan for 1 1/3 innings, Talon Benne for one inning and Wells for 2 2/3.
As for the hitting in the game for Prairie Home, who actually out-hit Sturgeon 11-9, Ty Stidham went 3-for-5 with three singles and one RBI. Clayton Pethan was 2-for-4 with a single, double and five RBIs while Kassen Lock added two singles, Wells one single and two RBIs, Blane Petsel one single and one RBI and Blake Petsel and Colton Searles each with one single.
For Sturgeon, Brooks went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs. Bailey had two hits with a single, double and three RBIs. Gehring also had two hits in the game.