Seventh inning hurts N-F in TLC setback

By JAMIE KNAPP

Prairie Valley scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away from a close game as it went on to hand Newell-Fonda a 10-3 setback in a Twin Lakes Conference game last Thursday at Fonda.

Prairie Valley scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take a   4-3 lead before erupting for six runs in the seventh.

Newell-Fonda had eight hits in the game. Jake Hahn and Tom Devereaux each had two hits. Brady Dicks doubled. Jon Johnson, Brendan Kelly and Zak Sievers each added a single for the Mustangs, now 3-9.

Kelly took the loss. He gave up six hits and four earned runs, walked six and struck out two over five innings. Hahn allowed six hits and five earned runs in 2⁄3 of an inning.

“We just didn’t stay aggressive enough in the strike zone,” Newell-Fonda Ryan Burkhart said. “We shortened our at-bats to a swing or two due to watching strikes go by. Prairie Valley played good defense and kept us from having a big offensive inning all night. They also swung the bat a lot and it found the holes in the field.”