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Badger Baseball Keeps Rolling on Senior Night, Wins Fifth Straight
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26 April 2017  
Badgers' sophomore Jake Schultz pitches against the Mingus Marauders on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at Prescott High School in Prescott, Arizona All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Badgers Erase Two-Run Deficit to Pick Up Fifth Straight Win on Senior Night

PRESCOTT- After starting the season a bit rocky, with a 4-9 overall record at the end of March, the Prescott Badgers celebrated senior night with a 3-2 victory over the Mingus Marauders at home on Tuesday night, pushing the now first-place Badgers to their thirteenth win on the season and fifth straight.

“It was just a matter of us continuing to stay at it,” Prescott High School baseball coach Kent WInslow said. “We just got a little bit better and quit making so many mistakes and kids didn’t get down on themselves. They kept playing hard.”

The Mingus Marauders broke the tie with single runs in the third and fourth inning but Prescott would respond with three runs in the bottom of the fourth coming off a game tying two-RBI double by senior Justin Warren. Freshman Luke Frederick would tack on another run and provide extra support for sophomore Jake Schulz who pitched six and a third innings only allowing the two runs on seven hits while striking out six to pick up the win.

“Today was kind of a bit of a struggle,” said Schultz who mentioned as the game went on he gained control of his pitches and the counts. “Just balls around the plate and trust my defense (who) was huge today.”

Senior Justin Warren would come in and slam the door shut for the save, leaving the tying run at third.

The victory was a good way to send off seniors like Warren as Griffin Hays, Logan Carmick, Cole Kelley, Joe Police, Mike Arroyo and Dawson Winslow each suited up in front of their home crowd for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday night.

“(Playing high school sports) brings in a lot of friends. I’ve strengthened a lot of friendships and gained new friendships through sports” said Dawson Winslow. “I think that’s one of the coolest things that it does, it teaches you that you can rely on other people.”

The first-place 4A Grand Canyon region Badgers (13-12, 10-5 section) end the regular season with a road game against Sunrise Mountain on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is 3:45pm

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.