PRAIRIE CITY - The Friday, March 26, baseball doubleheader between Prairie City and Union on a snowy and wind-swept diamond, typical of early spring baseball in Grant County, were two entirely different games.
In the opener, the Panthers wasted several scoring opportunities in the early going but managed to push across a pair of runs in the sixth inning to pull out a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
In the nightcap, the Panthers pounded out 17 hits off two Union pitchers and scored in double digits in the second and third innings to shellac the Bobcats 24-2.
The victories up the Panthers' preseason record to 5-2.
Prairie City def. Union
Pitcher Greg Waggoner struggled at times and his Prairie City teammates failed to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but the Panthers held together and defeated Union 6-5 in the first game of the a non league doubleheader to snap a two-game losing streak.
"We won this one the hard way," Prairie City coach Shannon Voigt said. "I didn't think we played all that well. We made a couple of mistakes (that hurt us) and we couldn't seem to get a timely hit when we needed one."
The Panthers fell behind 2-0 after the Bobcats scored single runs in the first and second innings, but narrowed the margin to 2-1 when Jason Jackson scored all the way from second base on a hit-and-run ground out by Gary Moulton.
Prairie City tied the game in the bottom of the third on a one-out single by Waggoner which scored Brady Sullens.
Union edged ahead 3-2 with a run in the fourth inning, but Prairie City came right back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Bobcat throwing error and a fielder's choice off Jackson's bat.
The see-saw battle continued in the sixth inning when Union scored two runs on a pair of errors to reclaim lead 5-4.
In the bottom of the sixth. Gary Moulton scored the tying run on an infield out by Sullens and Joey Fox crossed the plate with the game-winner in an infield out by Yazzie Voigt.
"It was a struggle, but we'll take a win any way we can get one," coach Voigt remarked.
Waggoner gave up just three singles in the game while striking out seven Bobcat batters and went 2-for-2 at the plate. Fox was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Prairie City def. Union
The chilled and sometimes inclement weather made no difference in the nightcap of the twinbill, as Prairie City's bats lit up for 17 hits off two Bobcat pitchers in a 24-2 rout.
Prairie City scored a single run in the bottom of the first before a 13-run eruption in the bottom of the second made the score 14-0.
The Bobcats came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third, only to have the Panthers add 10 in the bottom half of the inning.
Bill Rockhill had four hits for Prairie City including a double and a triple.
Jackson and Waggoner both had three hits apiece including a pair of doubles, and Yazzie Voigt also had three hits.
Levi Voigt went the distance on the mound to pick up his first pitching victory of the season, surrendering just two hits.
Prairie City returns to action on Saturday, April 3, hosting Wallowa for a noon doubleheader.