By Bryan Sutcliffe
Special to the Press
In both of Prosper’s meetings with Wakeland this season Eagle pitchers emerged from the first three innings without allowing a run. For the second straight game against the defending district champion Wolverines (16-10-1 overall, 8-2 district 9-4A) Prosper (11-12 overall, 4-6 district 9-4A) was victimized by a big fourth inning and fell 5-0.
On March 15 at Prosper the Eagles allowed eight runs in the fourth inning as Wakeland blasted Prosper 14-7. Last Tuesday it was four Wakeland runs in the same inning that spoiled a nice outing from junior spot starter Dylan Bowen. Bowen worked around a pair of Wakeland hits through the first three innings but then ran into trouble in the fourth when facing the meat of the Wolverines’ district-leading offense for the second time. He allowed three singles, a walk and a hit batter, then left the game without retiring a hitter and trailing 2-0. Bowen was replaced by senior Aaron Varden, who inherited a bases loaded, no-out jam. Varden allowed two of the inherited runners to score on a walk and groundout but limited Wakeland’s end-of-inning lead to 4-0.
The four run lead was more than enough for Wakeland starter Austin Gehle. Gehle carried a 5-0 lead into the top of the seventh having allowed only a walk. He retired the first two hitters in Prosper’s final at bat and was a strike away from a no-hitter when junior Dean Smith lined an 0-2 pitch into right field for Prosper’s first and only hit. Gehle was pulled from the game after losing the no-hitter then watching Money Hunter reach on a two-out error. He was relieved by CJ Muir who retired pinch hitter Alex Nelon to end the game.
Bryan Sutcliffe is the play-by-play voice of Prosper athletics on the Sportsgram Network