Prairie Grove Smites Wolves

TIGERS EVEN RECORD AT 10-10 WITH 13 HITS AND 13 RUNS

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — Prairie Grove gained sep­a­ra­tion on the score­board with 12 runs in three in­nings Mon­day, April 9, scor­ing 13 runs off 13 hits to beat Lin­coln, 13-6.

Prairie Grove coach Chris Mile­ham praised the pitch­ing of starter Gar­rett Hel­temes, who scat­tered 7 hits over 4.1 in­nings yield­ing 4 runs, but keep­ing the Tigers in the con­test un­til they could get their bats go­ing.

“Gar­rett’s been a real strike-thrower for us lately, that was most im­por­tant tonight,” Mile­ham said. “He’s pitch­ing in the rain. He’s pitch­ing in the wind. He bat­tled through all of that ad­ver­sity and kept giv­ing us a chance. All of a sud­den our of­fense gave us a few runs and a lit­tle cush­ion to work with.”

Lin­coln took a 1-0 lead in the first in­ning. With one out and run­ners at sec­ond and third, Josh Jet­ton’s sac­ri­fice bunt drove in a run on a squeeze play. The Wolves left a run­ner stranded at third when a line drive was caught.

Prairie Grove tied the game in the sec­ond. A two-out dou­ble down the first base line by D.J. Pear­son kept the Tigers alive. He moved to third on a balk and scored when Cole Simmons reached on an er­ror.

The Tigers scored 4 runs in the third. Lin­coln an­swered with a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the third to make it a 5-3 game. Cordelle Whet­sell tripled into right cen­ter. Caleb Lloyd (3-for4, 3 RBIs) belted a triple plat­ing him and Ster­ling Mor­phis brought Lloyd in with a sac­ri­fice fly.

Prairie Grove added 3 in the fourth and 5 in the fifth to pull away.

“We shot our­selves in the foot,” said Lin­coln coach Justin Bounds. “De­fen­sively, we had too many er­rors that led to their runs. Pitch­ing we were fine. In our ap­proach at the plate we were fine, we just had too many self-in­flicted er­rors. Josh Jet­ton, he threw well. He kept them off-bal­ance. He stays in the zone. He has a very good arse­nal of break­ing pitches. He uses those to his ad­van­tage. Ster­ling Mor­phis came in re­lief and he threw well.”

Chase Wade went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and Drew Cates added 4 RBIs for Prairie

Grove.

“We got beat by seven, and we had six or seven er­rors de­fen­sively,” Bounds said. “So when you start adding those up, it’s runs. We knock those er­rors out and we’ll be al­right.”

Prairie Grove 10, Gen­try 6

The Tigers used a fiverun sec­ond in­ning to earn a win Thurs­day, April 12 on the road. Kyle Fi­dler went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs for Prairie Grove while Cole Simmons was 2-for-3 and Cole Verz added a pair of RBIs. Ja­cob Lothes hit a three-run homer for Gen­try.

Prairie Grove 6, Gravette 5

The Tigers sur­vived a sev­enth-in­ning scare to edge Gravette in 3A/4A District 1 ac­tion Mon­day, April 2. Prairie Grove took a 6-3 lead by scor­ing a pair of runs in the top of the sev­enth, but Gravette ral­lied back with two runs to make it a one-run game. Hel­temes earned the win in re­lief, pitch­ing 2.2 in­nings. Brodie Par­sons took the loss for Gravette.

Couper Allen and Drew Cates each had two hits in­clud­ing a dou­ble for Prairie Grove. Simmons also added a dou­ble. Bai­ley Soulé was 4-for-4 with a home run, dou­ble and three RBIs for the Lions. Par­sons was 2-for-4 with a dou­ble.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Op­po­site No. 11s meet. Lin­coln catcher Cordelle Whet­sell awaits a throw while Prairie Grove se­nior D.J. Pear­son scores to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the sec­ond in­ning. Pear­son dou­bled down the first­base line with two outs and ad­vanced to third on a balk. Cole Sim­mon’s RBI sin­gle brought him home during the Tigers’ 13-6 win at Lin­coln on Mon­day, April 9.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln sopho­more Jasper Terry takes a big swing while Prairie Grove catcher Couper Allen stays low. The Tigers de­feated Lin­coln, 13-6, on Mon­day, April 9.

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