Hawks topple No. 13 Wildcats in weather delayed contest

By Giovanni Coronel
Posted 6/20/24


A lightning delay and a rain delay made the contest go on longer than expected, but the Golden Hawk gals were not deterred in the slightest.  

In what could be described as …

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Hawks topple No. 13 Wildcats in weather delayed contest



A lightning delay and a rain delay made the contest go on longer than expected, but the Golden Hawk gals were not deterred in the slightest. 

In what could be described as their most impressive win of the season, Mid-Prairie softball defeated No. 13 in Class 2A, the Durant Wildcats, with a final score of 8-5 on June 13. 

This win for Mid-Prairie (5-8) broke a three-game losing streak while improving its record in conference play to 2-7. For Durant (12-9) this was its second consecutive loss, and it was its third loss within the conference. 

Durant held a 3-1 lead after one but the Hawks put up two in the third to tie the game. 

The first weather delay, lasting over an hour, occurred at the top of the fifth, but when play resumed Mid-Prairie didn’t miss a beat with senior Gabi Robertson connecting with the ball and reaching third thanks to an outfield error. Robertson eventually headed home on a wild pitch to give Mid-Prairie a lead they never let go of. 

A second weather delay transpired after the fifth concluded, this time lasting 38 minutes. Building on their lead, Mid-Prairie scored two runs in each the sixth and seventh inning to arrive at their final score of eight. 

Durant attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh but only scored two runs before their third out ended the game in Mid-Prairie’s favor. 

Mid-Prairie had 11 hits as a team with junior Dakota Mitchell leading the way with three with one of those hits being a triple. Sophomore Sophie Miller led the team in RBIs with two. 

It was sophomore Kadence Grout who represented Mid-Prairie on the mound, and she got the win, pitching in all seven innings. She ended the game with one strikeout, giving up nine hits, and allowing four walks.  

Mount Vernon 3, Mid-Prairie 0

After playing at home for their last six games, the Golden Hawks went on the road to battle a challenging opponent, the No. 4 Mount Vernon Mustangs. 

Only giving up a single hit and no runs, the home Mustangs defeated the Hawks on June 11.

The Mustangs (16-4) scored a single run in the first, fifth, and sixth innings while protecting home plate all game long from Mid-Prairie (4-8). For Mid-Prairie, this loss was their third in a row.

Getting the Hawk’s lone hit of the game was eighth grader Tessa Bombei. This was Bombei’s 12th hit of the season, which is impressive enough to be tied for fourth most on the team through 12 games. 

Going six innings on the mound in the loss was sophomore Kadence Grout, giving up 11 hits and one walk.

Fort Dodge Tournament  

Over the weekend the Golden Hawks traveled to Fort Dodge to compete in a tournament against some tough competition. They played four games in total, winning once and dropping their other three contests. 

Their lone win came against the Central Springs Panthers. The Hawks defeated the Panthers, 5-1. 

In the win Mid-Prairie amassed eight hits with Olivia Swartzendruber and Gabi Robertson both connecting on two hits to lead the team. Third baseman Brenna Jehle led the team in RBIs with three. 

Getting the win on the mound was eighth grader Alena Snider. She recorded three strikeouts, gave up four hits, and allowed three walks. 

In Mid-Prairie’s game against No. 3 in Class 4A, the Fort Dodge Dodgers, they were defeated, 10-0. 

The Hawks had one hit in this contest, coming from sophomore Kadence Grout. Grout was also the starting pitcher. She pitched in all five innings, ending with one strikeout, giving up 11 hits and eight walks. 

Mid-Prairie also saw a familiar opponent at Fort Dodge, conference foe Regina. The Regals got the win in the tourney, defeating the Hawks, 7-6.

This was a close game where Mid-Prairie outhit their opponent, 11-10, despite the loss. One of those hits was a home run, hit out of the park by Mid-Prairie junior Kyla Karnes. Morgyn Bender led the Hawks in hits with three. 

Snider got the starting nod at pitcher in this contest, allowing 10 hits and giving up four walks. 

In their third loss of the tourney, the Clarksville Indians defeated Mid-Prairie, 7-6. 

Mid-Prairie held a 6-4 lead after six innings played, but the Indians scored three in the seventh to earn a comeback victory. 

Junior Dakota Mitchell led the Hawks in hits with three. She also recorded one RBI along with Brenna Jehle, Kadence Grout, Kyla Karnes, Morgyn Bender, and Tessa Bombei.

Grout was the starting pitcher, retiring one batter and allowing eight hits. 

West Liberty 4, Mid-Prairie 2

West Liberty 12, Mid-Prairie 2

Going on the road for a conference doubleheader against the West Liberty Comets, the Hawks were defeated in both contests on June 17. 

In the first game Mid-Prairie and West Liberty both scored one run each in the first inning to tie the game. 

The Comets kept their momentum on offense, scoring three more on the second to take a lead they never let go of. Mid-Prairie scored once more in the third, thanks to an RBI single from Kadence Grout, but they would be shut out for the rest of the game. 

In the second game West Liberty got on the board first with two runs. The Hawks scored once in the top of the second, but the Comets responded with three in the bottom of the inning. 

West Liberty continued to build their lead, scoring twice in the third and adding three more in the fight. Mid-Prairie was not able to mount a comeback, scoring their final run of the game in the sixth.

Up next for Mid-Prairie (6-13) is a road conference game against West Branch (5-14) on June 20.