In what turned out to be a wild game, the Prescott Badgers had to hold off the Buckeye Hawks 14-11 in Buckeye. The Badgers led 6-1 after three innings, behind the pitching of Makayla Reyes, who was followed in the circle by Hannah Irvine. The lead slipped to 7-5 heading to the seventh inning. That is when the fireworks came out for both teams.
The Badgers pushed across seven runs to take a commanding 14-5 lead, with Fran Larson pefect at the plate with five singles and four RBIs, and Alyssa Ragan with a double and two singles knocking in two runs as well. After Larson had pitched the fifth and sixth innings, Reyes came back in to finish up. Errors and walks gave the Hawks life in their final at bat. The Badgers outhit the Hawks 18-5, despite winning only by three runs. Six other Badgers produced results at the plate. Makayla Reyes finished with three hits and an RBI. Danner Cozens and Tessa Eppele each had a pair of hits, with Eppele knocking in two runs and Cozens one. Bekah Norris, Dana Seavey, and Leigha Walker all had one hit each.
The Badgers improve to (5-7) and will get back to Grand Canyon Region action on Tuesday, when they host the Coconino Panthers at 4pm.
The Prescott Badgers beat the Buckeye Hawks 5-1 on the road yesterday, behind a strong 11 strikeout pitching performance by Jake Schulz.
Buckeye took a 1-0 lead to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Badgers came right back with five runs in the bottom half, which would be more than enough for Schulz, who went six innings. Luke Fredrick came in to pitch the home half of the seventh, striking out two to seal the win.
Ray Chairez, Ryan Mickelson, and Jacob Police produced RBIs along with a hit each. Luke Fredrick, Jake Schulz, and Korey Schwartz picked up one hit each.
The Badgers imporove to (6-7) on the season while Buckeye dropped to (4-4). Prescott will visit Coconino on Tuesday, and return home to face the Panthers on Thursday at 3pm.