Badgers' bombs beat Marauders

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ERIC Halter gets pulled off the bag on this throw to first but still managed to get the out.

In Monday's outing with Prescott, the shoe was on the other foot. No 10-run leads, no big hits with runners on bases and no quick five-inning workouts — at least for Mingus.

Prescott (10-8) blasted four home runs, tapping the Marauders' pitching staff for nine runs in the first two innings en route to a 14-6 win.

"I was hoping we'd be a little more competitive. We didn't come out ready to play. Prescott is good, and you can't come out flat against a good team like that and expect to win," coach Bob Young said.

Although the contest was a non-region affair, Young still expected his club to play at the level it's been on the past two weeks. That meant getting runners on base and driving them in during key at-bats.

That didn't happen. Of Mingus' six runs, two came across on passed balls and one came on a misplayed blooper in left field. In the box score, the team tallied just eight hits and struck out seven times.

Tyler Backus recorded the only multi-hit game of the day for the Marauders. He went 3-for-3 with a double, single and a home run in the fifth. Joey Rosas, Eric Halter, Tyler Butler and Tate Stearley were each 1-for-3.

"It wasn't a region game, but Prescott is a big rival. We wanted to win, or at least play well. We just didn't do a very good job," Young said. "I was more disappointed in our hitting than anything else. It's a game we wanted to win."

Mike Kleinman got the start on the hill for Mingus and immediately found himself in trouble. He gave up five runs in the first, including a home run to Ben Kelly and Brad Roche. Ryan Dustin came in relief to get the final out.

Mingus got two on the board in the bottom of the first on an error and a passed ball.

Prescott put four more runs up in the second on a two-run shot from Dillon Baird and another round-tripper from Burke Lieppman. Mingus was never able to recover.

"Our pitchers kept the ball up and didn't hit their spots. We just didn't do a very good job with location," Young said. "I don't think we've given up four home runs in three years combined."

Mingus (10-8, 2-0) finishes up the week with Coconino this Thursday at home. Results from Tuesday's game at Flagstaff were not available by deadline.


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