Facing one of the league’s top pitchers and trailing 2-1 late in the game, things were not looking good for the Prescott High School baseball team. But the Cardinals exploded in the sixth inning with four runs and went on to a 5-2 victory over Osceola at Firehall Field on Friday.
It was a breakthrough victory for Prescott against its chief pitching nemesis, Osceola’s Ethan Freese. The Chieftains senior standout came into the game with a 1.57 ERA and always had his best stuff when facing the Cardinals.
It looked like Freese was going to “freeze out” Prescott again last week. Freese limited the Cardinals to just three hits and one run through five innings.
But in the sixth inning, suddenly Prescott’s bats came alive. Peter Brookshaw started the inning off with a double, followed by another double by Mike Harris to tie the game at 2-2. Jesse Sommer followed with a hit to put runners at the corners with no outs. After an Osceola throwing error to first base, the go-ahead run scored for Prescott. Luke Murphy added a RBI single to make it 4-2 and a batter hit by a pitch gave the Cards a three-run cushion.
See more of this story and Prescott's week in baseball in next week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.