WELLMAN — An error put a runner on, then a two-out walk was followed by a second walk to load the bases.
Nursing a three-run lead and the winning run now at the plate, Mid-Prairie pitching coach Jay Strickland visited pitcher Kayden Reinier at the mound.
Reinier proceeded to strike out the next batter on three straight pitches and the Golden Hawks went on to secure a 6-3 win over the River Valley Conference visitors from Anamosa Thursday.
“When I did that, coach said that I made him look good,” Reinier said. “I don’t remember what he said. I was not getting tired. It just worked out because with the bases loaded, I was able to pitch out of the wind up. I can get more speed out of the wind up.”
The Hawks got a run in the second inning, then scored three in the third inning that began with a triple from No. 9 batter Chris Miller.
“It was a tight ball game,” Mid-Prairie head coach Andy Greiner said. “Our pitcher did a phenomenal job. He is typically one of our first relievers out of the pen. With this being our fifth game of the week, we decided to start him and it was a good decision. He was very efficient.”
Reinier walked the first batter of the game, gave up a double and a single to fall behind 2-0.
“During that first inning, I just cleared my mind and didn’t let it get to me,” Reinier said. “I had to forget about how the game started.”
He only gave up two hits the rest of the game, both of those in the fifth inning when the Blue Raiders scored their third run. He struck out five in the game.
“Early on it was my fastball that was working and then later on my curveball was really moving for me,” Reinier said.
Twice an Anamaosa runner was gunned down trying to go from first to third.
Three Hawk runs scored on groundouts, one on an error, one on a wild pitch and one on a single by Brody Miller.
“That was a fun one to win, it was close and our kids really did a good job,” Greiner said. “We nickeled and dimed them a little bit and that’s what we needed because I thought their lefty did a good job.”
Mid-Prairie is 9-7 overall, 7-4 RVC and plays host to Mt. Pleasant today.
Highland splits against Wapello
The Huskies (8-7, 6-6) split two SEISC North Division games with the Indians, losing 5-3 and winning 6-4.
Highland hosts W-MU Monday.
Iowa Mennonite halves with Pekin
IMS (9-6, 9-2) took a 8-7 win from the Panthers and lost 11-1.
IMS hosts New London today.
English Valleys 10, Keota 0
Bryce Greiner got the only hit for the Eagles (9-4) in the road SICL loss.
Keota hosts Sigourney today.