With a swing of the bat, Cassidy Rourke sent the ball deep over the left field fence and gave Mid-Prairie a 12-0 mercy-rule victory in game two of their doubleheader with Tipton.
A RVC South leading fifth home run of the season for Rourke capped off a sweep for Mid-Prairie and marked a shutout in both games.
“I think I’ve definitely learned to just trust myself and trust my swing every at-bat. I just want to be aggressive and trust it,” Rourke said.
The second game was a defensive showcase for Mid-Prairie, with shortstop Karsen Jehle getting Mid-Prairie out of a few potential scoring situations for Tipton by turning 6-3 double plays in the first and second innings.
The offense got going in the second inning as Myah Lugar tripled with two outs to get things started and Mid-Prairie went on to score five runs in the inning including an RBI triple by Georgia Nisly and a three RBI double by Kylee Kos.
Abbi Patterson, the game two pitcher for Mid-Prairie, said the way her team backed her up takes the pressure off pitching.
“It helps a lot knowing that your defense is playing well and the offense is backing you up along the way. It gives you a backstop of relief,” she said.
The game also allowed Patterson to really drill down her pitches and hit her spots.
“I felt pretty confident and a lot of my pitches were starting to work,” she said.
Mid-Prairie played bend but don’t break in game two as Tipton stranded runners in four of five innings played.
In game one, Rourke pitched a one-hit shutout in a 9-0 win. The win was also highlighted by a three-run home run from Kylee Kos in the first inning, scoring Rylee Vercande and Rourke. It is the second home run for Kos this season.
Patterson and Rourke both had extra-base hits in game one. Mid-Prairie was nearly able to run-rule Tipton in game one, but a pair of stranded runners up 9-0 took the game the distance.
Mid-Prairie is now 3-7 on the season and 2-4 in River Valley Conference matchups, with wins in three of their last five games. Tipton moves to 0-8 on the year.
Hawks win 13-7 in extras
It took eight innings for the Mid-Prairie offense to finally explode in a 13-7 win over Keokuk.
Tied 7-7 after seven innings, Mid-Prairie added six runs in the first extra and shut Keokuk down to take the win.
Kylee Kos was 4-5 with fourRBIs during the game and also scored two runs. Georgia Nisly had a pair of hits for two RBIs and scored four runs. Rylee Vercande had two hits, both doubles.
The win was the first of the year for Mid-Prairie.
In the junior varsity contest junior Lanie Bowlin hit a home run.
Mid-Prairie: 2; 0; 0; 0; 2; 3; 0; 6; 13
Keokuk: 0; 0; 0; 0; 3; 4; 0; 0; 7
Durant sweeps Hawks
Class 2A No. 1 Durant swept Mid-Prairie 7-0, 8-3 in a River Valley Conference doubleheader.
In game two, Kylee Kos hit a two-run homer and Abbi Patterson had an RBI single.
The Golden Hawks struggled in game one, going 4-28 from the plate. Myah Lugar and Abbi Patterson split pitching duties in game one and Cassidy Rourke pitched game two.