Prairie Home Panthers baseball coach Trever Huth said mental mistakes led to a 11-3 loss Monday night on the road against the Smithton Tigers.
Although the Panthers finished the game with only two errors on the night, Huth said the mental mistakes in key spots cost Prairie Home several runs. “The pitching was good enough to win but as a team as a whole we need to step up, learn from this and get better,” Huth said. “Smithton just played better and wanted it more than us this game.”
The loss dropped Prairie Home to 1-3 on the season.
As for the pitching, junior Mason Wells took the loss by giving up five runs-three earned-on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Wells, 1-1 on the season, also had one strikeout in the game. Tallon Benne then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out three. Then, to finish the game, Clayton Pethan pitched two innings and issued four runs-one earned- on one hit and three walks while striking out two batters.
J.T. Parker picked up the win on the mound for Smithton by giving up just one run on one hit and two walks in two innings. Blake Demand, Logan McClain and Austin Boehlen also split time on the mound for the Tigers.
Smithton also out-hit Prairie Home 9-5, with Tyler Henderson collecting a pair of hits and driving in three runs. Austin Pohlen also had two hits and two RBIs while Ethan Trotter doubled and JT Parker, Logan McClain, Leyton Shireman and Blake Demand added one hit each. Parker also drove in three runs.
For Prairie Home, Wells went 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Alex Rhode had a single and one RBI while John Fontanna and Blane Petsel added one hit each.
Smithton also won the JV game against Prairie Home in three innings by a score of 3-2.
The Panthers, dropping to 0-3 on the season, scored one run in each of the first two innings while Smithton added one run in all three innings.
Derick Shull picked up the win for Smithton while John Fontanna took the loss in relief for Prairie Home.
Shull also had both hits for the Tigers, being singles. For Prairie Home, Blane Petsel finished the game with one single.