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Prairie Heights baseballers down pair of foes


Prairie Heights beat NECC baseball foes West Noble and Hamilton over the weekend to improve its overall record to 9-4.

Jacob Heller smacked three hits, including a double and a homer, and plated four runs in leading the Panthers over West Noble, 10-9. Joey Barry produced a triple, a single and three RBI for the victors. Corey Johnson and Matt Handshoe each poked a couple of singles.

Levi Nelson ripped a three-run homer for West Noble, part of a six-run sixth by the Chargers that closed the Panther lead to one. Korey Kendall rang up four hits and two RBI, Devon Halderman and Cy Mikel two hits apiece, and Landon Stover a two-run single.

Heights starter Ryan Day went 5.2 innings to get the pitching win. Quinton Holloway got the final out in the sixth, while Bo Murphy tossed a scoreless seventh inning to record a save.

Saturday in Hamilton, the Panthers spotted the host Marines a 5-2 lead, then reeled off a nine-spot in the fourth to trigger an eventual, 13-9 triumph.

Heller racked up three hits and scored twice for the Panthers. Barry collected a single and three RBI, Blum and Handshoe two hits and two RBI, and Day an RBI single.

Johnson and Murphy did the pitching for Heights, with Johnson going 3.2 innings to get the win and Murphy 3.1 frames to earn a save. They combined to strikeout six.