Prairie Central-Fieldcrest baseball
It’s not over until it’s over, said Yogi Berra. Prairie Central can attest to that after scoring seven runs in its final at bat to edge Fieldcrest 10-9 in a nonconference baseball game at PCHS Friday afternoon.
The Knights had scored three runs on the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-3 lead. Noah Nordstrom reached on an error and Hayden Carls singled before a strikeout was recorded for the second out.
Derek May singled to drive in Nordstrom and took second on the throw. Carls scored on a passed ball and Matt Cook singled to drive in May for a seemingly comfortable six-run lead.
But the Hawks found life against FHS reliever Michael Morse. Kory Livengood led off with a base hit and Eddie Shumaker followed with a base hit to turn the lineup over. Lito Macias singled for PC’s third straight hit, driving in Livengood in the process.
Carter Nowak walked to load the bases before the first out was recorded. Peyton Rigsby drew a walk to force in Shumaker.
Seth Reed delivered the big blow when he turned on the first pitch and deposited it beyond the left field fence for a grand slam that tied the game.
Bryson Musser followed with a walk. He stole second one out later and scored on Livengood’s second base hit of the inning to give the Hawks the lead.
Prairie Central took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Rigsby singled home Nowak with he first run and Reed’s sacrifice fly drove in Billy Printz. Rigsby scored on a passed ball before a fly out ended the inning.
Carls singled in Landon Cook and Nordstrom to get the Knights on the board in the second inning. Fieldcrest took a 6-2 lead in the fourth with a four-run outburst.
Walks to Travis Cook, Nordstrom and Morse loaded the bases with one out. May cleared the bases with a grand slam as the Knights appeared to be in command.
Reed had five RBIs, including his grand slam, to lead the Prairie Central offense. Livengood had two hits and RBI while Nowak collected two hits. Rigsby had a hit and two RBIs and Macias added a hit and run batted in. Musser, Cooper Palmore and Shumaker each singled.
Macias got the win in relief of Nowak. Macias allowed two runs, three hits and struck out one. Nowak went the first 5 1-3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks. He fanned six.
Morse took the loss after allowing six runs on four hits and three walks in his inning of relief. He struck out one. Ryan Naas started, giving up four runs, six hits and four walks to go with three punchouts.
May had a grand slam, single and five runs batted in for the Knights. Carls had two hits and two RBIs and Matt Cook singled twice and drove in a run. Nordstrom doubled while Morse and Landon Cook each singled.