It was more of the same for the New Bloomfield baseball team Monday against Prairie Home with Bunceton as the Wildcats scored 17 runs again.
This time, though, it only took three innings to defeat the Panthers as New Bloomfield won 17-1 — compared with the Wildcats' 17-4 five-inning victory on Sept. 7.
The offense was led by senior Michael Saleny, who went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two doubles. Senior Trevor Jordan had another multiple-RBI game against the Panthers, driving in three this time, while going 2-for-3. Senior Matthew Shikles went 1-for-1 with two RBI and two walks.
Junior Michael Leason left the ballpark at the plate and kept Prairie Home (1-5) in the ballpark in his three innings on the mound. Leason went 1-for-2 with three RBI and a home run and only allowed an unearned run and four hits while pitching.
The Wildcats (4-2) started small in the first inning by scoring two runs, including on Saleny's first RBI double. But then things got of out hand for the Panthers' pitching staff in the second inning, when it allowed 10 runs.
Prairie Home walked the bases loaded, and New Bloomfield was able to cash in with RBi hits by Jordan, Saleny, Leason and Shikles. Jordan had all three of his RBI in the inning, Saleny had his second RBI double, which scored two this time around, and Leason hit a three-run home run.
New Bloomfield had a commanding 12-0 lead after two innings and added on five in the third inning to make the score 17-1 and out of reach. The Panther were able to score a one-out double in the third after a wild pitch and passed ball.
The Wildcats will be on the road at 5 p.m. today against Belle (1-3).