In a battle of top five teams in the state #2 Mid-Prairie posted a 4-0 win over #5 Wilton Thursday night in Kalona. Both teams let opportunities go by the boards in the early innings, stranding five runners apiece through their first three at bats. The Golden Hawks saw momentum change in the middle innings as pitcher Olivia Lugar, featuring a dominating rise ball sat down eight Wilton hitters in a row while the offense put up a four spot in the 4th inning. Mid-Prairie got on the board in the frame with RBI hits from Lugar, pinch hitter Amber Kral and an RBI from Emmie Leinen. Leinen, the lead-off hitter for Mid-Prairie who is batting over .400 for the season talked in the post game about her approach at the plate
“Most times I like to see a pitch and see what works for the pitcher and what I can do,” Leinen said. “But if I see a pitch I like I go for it.”
Head Coach Justin Lutjen talked in the post game show about his team’s pitching and defense that allowed them to take control of the contest.
“Our defense is a big part of that, Olivia [Lugar] threw pretty well, she got in on the hands a lot, and that’s what we were trying to do against the hitters,” Lutjen said. “When they did put it in the infield our defense did a great job.”
Lugar recorded the win for Mid-Prairie threw the complete game shut out allowing just five hits. With the win Mid-Prairie is now 7-5 on the season, 2-1 in the Cedar Valley Conference, the loss drops Wilton to 3-1 in league play.