Prairie Home rallies past New Franklin, wins 4-2

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

For the one of the few times this season, Prairie Home Panthers baseball coach Trever Huth said he saw a great game all around for a full seven innings.

Of course the timing couldn’t have been more right for the Panthers while taking on the red-hot New Franklin Bulldogs Friday night in New Franklin.

Although New Franklin led 2-1 going into the top of the seventh, the Panthers rallied back with three runs for a 4-2 victory.

The win improved Prairie Home’s record to 3-7 while New Franklin fell to 5-4.

Huth said the boys played great defense behind some good pitching on the mound. “With that we hit the ball pretty good all night and came alive late to score three runs in the top of the seventh take the lead again,”Huth said. “Solid win against a good New Franklin team.”

New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said the key state of the game is in the far right hand column of the box score. “To say our defense, especially on the infield, let us down is an understatement,” Gerding said. “It also obviously didn’t help that we left 12 guys on.”

The Bulldogs had their chances while opening the game with one in the first and one in the fifth to go up 2-1. Prairie Home, meanwhile, did little the first-two innings but came up with the tying run in the third and three again in the seventh.

Jason Burnett picked up the win in relief for Prairie Home while Jake Marshall took the loss for New Franklin. Dillon Alpers pitched the first-five innings and gave up two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out three batters. Burnett then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three.

For New Franklin, Tanner Bishop pitched the first-four innings and struck out five batters while giving up one run on three hits and five walks. Marshall then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings and issued three runs on five hits while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Colten Collyott pitched 2/3 inning and recorded one strikeout.

Prairie Home also out-hit New Franklin 8-6, with Blane Petsel going 3-for-4 with three singles. Burnett was 2-for-4 with a single, double and three RBIs while Talon Benne added a single and one RBI and Dillon Alpers and Hunter Shuffield each with one single.

For New Franklin, Clayton Wilmsmeyer went 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI. Tanner Bishop finished the game with two singles while Tysen Dowell and Keaton Eads added one single each.

In the JV game, New Franklin defeated Prairie Home 2-1.

Zac Vollrath-Roth pitched the first-two innings and Sawyer Felten pitched the last and got the win.

Roth was also 1 for 1 with two runs scored. Felten went 1-for-1 with a single while Tony Ortiz was 1-for-2 with both RBIs, including the walk off single in the third.