The Prairie Home Panthers baseball team found out what happens when you don’t come ready to play.
Those were the words of head coach Trever Huth after watching the Panthers lose to the Wildcats by a score of 20-4 in three innings.
“We didn’t come out to play this game,” Huth said. “We had some bad errors in the field and New Bloomfield being a good team that they are took advantage. Pitching has got to get better also. Too many walks and too much time on the field. Hitting tonight wasn’t bad, as we scored some runs early but not enough to stay in the game.”
The Panthers definitely had the start they wanted while leading New Bloomfield 3-1 after one. Unfortunately for Prairie Home it went downhill after that as the Wildcats exploded for 12 runs in the second and seven again in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Clayton Martin picked up the win for New Bloomfield while Ty Stidham took the loss for Prairie Home. Stidham, one of three pitchers in the game for the Panthers, gave up seven runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two batters in 1 1/3 innings. Blake Petsel then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed 10 runs on eight hits and two walks. Then, to finish the game, Tallon Benne pitched 2/3 inning and surrendered four runs on four hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
New Bloomfield also out-hit Prairie Home 15-4, with Lucas Buscher and Clayton Martin each going 3-for-4. One of Martin’s hits was a grand slam. Buscher had a double and six RBIs. Jacob Lane also doubled and homered for the Wildcats, who had eight extra base hits in the ballgame.
For Prairie Home, Clayton Pethan had one hit and drove in one run while Blake Petsel, Blane Petsel and Kassen Lock added one hit each.
In the JV game, New Bloomfield defeated Prairie Home 7-2.
Prairie Home scored its only runs of the ballgame in the bottom half of the second while New Bloomfield plated two runs in each of the first-two innings and three again in the third.
Austin Small took the loss for Prairie Home by giving up two runs on one hit and three walks in one inning. Oliver Lock and Blane Petsel also saw time on the time for the Panthers.
As for the hitting in the game for Prairie Home, Ty Stidham went 1-for-1 with a double and two RBIs. Tim Stewart and Blane Petsel each had one single.