HS Softball: Prairie And City High Split

By Jeff Linder


By Josh Christensen

CEDAR RAPIDS — Maybe a divisional championship isn’t in the cards. But the looks in the eyes of the Prairie Hawks in the postgame meeting wasn’t a look of devastation, or even disappointment.

“We just go out and play,” said Mallory Jones.

Iowa City High’s Erin Weno pitched a three-hitter, blanking Cedar Rapids Prairie, 3-0, in the second game of a Mississippi Valley Conference softball double-header Tuesday night at Prairie High School.

The Hawks won the opener, 6-5 in eight innings, when Jones scored on Gabi Carter’s single.

Prairie (22-12 overall, 17-7 MVC) fell a game off the pace in the Valley Division race, because Cedar Rapids Xavier swept Cedar Falls. The Saints close with a twinbill against Cedar Rapids Washington Monday; Prairie finishes with Dubuque Hempstead.

“I wasn’t really keeping track of it until you told me,” Prairie Coach Joe Yegge said.

The Hawks collected 15 hits in the first game, then Weno quieted them in the nightcap.

“I don’t really have an answer why that happened,” Yegge said. “It’s not like she struck us out a lot.”

City High Coach Gary Fickel said, “Erin felt really strong. I was really happy with the way we bounced back after the first game. It showed a lot of character.”

Prairie scored three runs in the fifth inning — Olivia Usher’s two-run single highlighted it — to take a 4-2 lead in the opener, then added a run in the sixth for a 5-2 advantage.

But the Little Hawks (18-16, 13-10) tied it in the seventh on Peyton Koenig’s two-run single.

Prairie threatened in the bottom of the seventh, then won it in the eighth. Jones singled, then moved to third on a misplay on Brittney Lash’s sacrifice bunt. Carter’s bloop single to right ended it.

Jones was 5-for-8 in the twinbill.

“I just got in the box, saw the ball,” she said. “I go up there thinking I’m going to get a hit every time up.”

Weno quieted the Hawks in the second game, though, and the speed of Bryn Hanrahan and Brie Hightshoe at the top of the City order created problems.

“We really picked our heads up after the first game,” Hightshoe said.

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