WIAA D2 baseball: Prescott comes up short
WEST SALEM -- Twenty-three times, Prescott was able to come up with enough clutch hits to win games this season.
There were games where they had to adjust all year.
That didn’t happen against West Salem and the Cardinals were defeated, 5-2, Tuesday, June 6, in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Damien Miller Field in West Salem. The loss ended the second-winningest season in Prescott baseball history.
Simply put, Prescott couldn’t make enough adjustments at the plate to come up with clutch hits to break through when it needed to in the third inning and fifth inning. They had runners on base, but were not able to come up with the needed 2-out hits needed.
“Everyone wants to get the big hit, but sometimes it doesn’t happen,” Prescott head coach Jeff Ryan said. “(The desire) is magnified in a sectional championship and we talked about pressure being self-imposed, but they’re high school kids.”
After winning the sectional semifinal against Ashland, Ryan said it was crucial to get an early lead in a playoff baseball.
The Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but coughed it up in the bottom of the first inning and fell behind 4-2
“We had opportunities, but we just couldn’t score,” Ryan said. “They had clutch hits and we didn’t. That’s not negative, they just had the big hits and we didn’t.”
Prescott junior Peter Brookshaw gave credit to West Salem for mixing in a steady diet of curveballs to keep Cardinals from squaring many pitches up.
“It made it so that when you get their fastball, you have to hit the fastball,” Brookshaw said. “You can’t miss it because then you’re gonna get their curveball.”