Rath's home run helps No. 6 Mid-Prairie

Aidan Rath’s home run highlighted area baseball action Monday in the Union area.

No. 6 Mid-Prairie wins

WELLMAN — Monticello (4-6) lost 4-1 at Mid-Prairie (10-3), ranked sixth in Class 2A, in this River Valley Conference matchup thanks to Keegan Gingerich allowing a single hit in six innings pitched. Gingerich struck out eight Panthers, walked four and allowed a run, which was earned. Collin Miller threw an inning that went 1-2-3.

Each team scored in the first inning, but the Golden Hawks added a pair of runs in the third and another in the fifth.

Aidan Rath powered the Hawks with a double and a home run in his two at bats. Teammate Brad Tornow laced a triple while Gingerich, Karson Grout, Vinnie Bowlin and Monte Slabaugh each had a single.

Comets hand Hawks first loss

DONNELLSON — The Central Lee baseball team hadn’t lost a game all year heading into Monday night’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division matchup with Cardinal, but the Comets ended the Hawks’ undefeated stretch, knocking them off 6-2.

Cardinal broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the third inning and thre ein the fourth before giving up one final run in the seventh. Landon Becker went the distance, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three batters, while striking out six en route to a win.

Becker helped himself immensely at the plate. He finished the night 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Blaine Bryant and Logan Chickering each knocked in one run.

Huskies topple Lone Tree

LONE TREE — Highland (7-4) tamed the Lions (6-6) with three runs in the first and three more in the sixth, four in the fifth and two in the seventh. The home tree plated three in the seventh to try to catch up but it wasn’t enough in this SEISC North Division game.

Bill Laughlin led the way for the Huskies batters with a 4-for-5 performance that included a double. Luke Miller, Connor Grinstead, Cael Yeggy and Mason McFarland all had two hits apiece. McFarland, Yeggy and Kaige Vonnahme each had a double.

Chase Schultz got the win with six innings pitched, six strikeouts, two walks and four hits allowed. Grinstead pitched the seventh.

Eagles soar over Braves

MONTEZUMA — Keota (6-5) got the road South Iowa Cedar League win 15-9 at Montezuma (4-6).

Keota was down 4-0 before scoring three runs in the top of the third inning but gave up two more in the bottom of the inning. A run in the fourth helped but 11 runs in the top of the fifth were the difference. The Braves scored a run in each of the final three innings.

Brady Duwa connected on a triple and a double while Keota teammate Colten Clarahan went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in. Patrick Clarahan had two singles and a double while Sam Sieren had two doubles.

Luke Hammen, Aiden Anderson and Cole Kindred all spent time on the mound for Keota, combining to allow 12 hits, eight earned runs, six walks, four hit batters and 11 strikeouts.