Prairie Grove Smites Wolves
TIGERS EVEN RECORD AT 10-10 WITH 13 HITS AND 13 RUNS
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
“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.
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.
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.