After scoring only five runs in their last four games, the Prescott Badgers bats powered their way to 14 runs today, but it was not enough, as the Saguaro Sabercats pushed seven more across in a 21-14 win over the Badgers, on a cool and breezy Friday afternoon.
Things started off bad for the Badgers early as Saguaro jumped on top by scoring six runs in the top of the first off of Prescott starter Hannah Irvine.
The Badgers managed a run in the bottom of the first to get on the board. Trailing 8-1 in the second, Danner Cozens sacrifice fly scored Hanna Irvine to make it 8-2. Saguaro added two more of their own to lead 10-2.
The home team put their first of two back to back six run innings in the fourth. The first started with one out, Morgan Little singled to center. Dana Seavey laid down a perfect bunt for a single. Danner Cozens reached on a fielders choice to load the bases. The Badgers started to get some runs after the second out of the inning. Fran Larson picked up an RBI with the bases loaded walk. Tessa Eppele doubled to clear the bases, and the score was 10-6. Leigha Walker hit a blast over the centerfield fence to close the gap to 10-8.
Saguaro took advantage of some Prescott miscues and timely hits, including some small ball, to take the momentum away from the Badgers by putting seven up on the board to go ahead 17-8.
Prescott came right back to get within five by scoring another six runs. Morgan Little singled and Dana Seavey reached on a fielders choice and both runners scored on a seeing eye single to left by Fran Larson. Makayla Reyes, who was hit by a pitch, and Larson both scored on a double by Tessa Eppele. Leigha Walker took a base on balls and scored along with Eppele on a double by Sophia Fanchin, and suddenly the score was 17-14.
The visitors added another four runs in the final two innings, while the Badgers offense was shut down.
The Sabercats were led by Brooke Piazza who had four hits, two of those doubles, scoring four times with an RBI. Aliyah Santiago, Taylor Holliday, and Berkeley Dobson all had three RBIs a piece. Caelan Koch started in the circle and went a total of 5.2 innings. Aliyah Santiago was sandwiched in between Koch's start and finish of the game.
Offensively for the Badgers, Tessa Eppele had four hits, including two singles, a double, and a triple, with two RBIs. Fran Larson had three hits, that included two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Morgan Little had three singles and scored a run. Leigha Walker belted the two run homer and added a single.
Hannah Irvine started in the circle, pitching in the opening frame and final three innings. Makayla Reyes came in to pitch in the second inning and was replaced by Irvine during the fifth. Each pitcher was charged with six earned runs.
Saguaro improved to (15-7) while Prescott drops to (5-15). The Badgers will host their last game of the regular season when they face Mohave on Tuesday at 4pm.
SAGUARO SABERCATS 21, PRESCOTT BADGERS 14
Innings - 123 456 7 - R H E
Saguaro 622 071 3 - 21 18 4
Prescott 110 660 0 - 14 17 5
13 April 2019 Ron Williams
22 Leigha Walker comes up ready to throw after catching a fly ball in the fifth inning. The Badgers fell to Saguaro 21-14. Photo by Ron Williams
Teams combine for 35 runs and 35 hits
Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.