Panthers lose to Dragons

Prairie Home's Jonathan Brandes fields a hit and makes the throw to first base to get the out during the first inning of the Class 1 District 10 opener against Bunceton Saturday at New Franklin. The Panthers lost 11-6.

Prairie Home's Jonathan Brandes fields a hit and makes the throw to first base to get the out during the first inning of the Class 1 District 10 opener against Bunceton Saturday at New Franklin. The Panthers lost 11-6. Photo by April Arnett.

The Prairie Home varsity baseball team faced the #4 seeded Bunceton Dragons Saturday in first-round action at the Class 1 District 10 Tournament at New Franklin, where the #5 seeded Panthers suffered a loss, 11-6.

Bunceton got off to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning, and led 9-0 after two. Prairie Home scored three runs in the third inning to trail 9-3. The Dragons added one run in the third and another in the fourth to lead 11-3. The Panthers brought one run home in the fifth inning and two in the seventh, but it was too little, too late as Bunceton took the win, 11-6.

Trever Huth led Prairie Home hits with two singles, while Jonathan Brandes and Kody Utterback each contributed a triple.

The Panthers end the season 2-6.

Bunceton went on to lose 6-3 to top-seeded Pilot Grove Monday night in the semifinal round. In the other semifinal game Monday, #2 seeded New Franklin defeated #6 seeded Jamestown 10-0.

Pilot Grove will play New Franklin for the district championship game at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday).

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