PRAIRIE CITY - Lane Heinlein's quality pitching performance was spoiled by a freshman here Friday night, as South Hamilton came up empty once more against a Heart of Iowa Conference opponent.
Heinlein tossed a complete-game seven-hitter that included 13 strikeouts, but Prairie City-Monroe got an equally salty performance on the mound from rookie Austin Brown and the Mustangs scored two runs in their last at bat to prevail, 3-2.
"Lane threw incredible; a lot of strikes and everything was working," South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. "He did a lot of things exceptional."
But Brown was even tougher to hit. He allowed just two base hits - singles by JD Rader and Josh Doering.
"He's a pretty good pitcher for a freshman and they just played really well behind him," Bell said.
South Hamilton (2-3, 0-3 HOIC) scored its runs on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Landon Quam in the fifth and an RBI courtesy of John Hegland in the sixth.
PCM 3, SOUTH HAMILTON 2
Friday at Prairie City
South Hamilton000 011 0-2 2 1
PCM000 010 2-3 7 0
Lane Heinlein and Lucas Olson. Austin Brown and Chase Keuning. W-Brown. L-Heinlein. RBI-SH: Landon Quam, John Hegland; PCM: Keuning, Clay Cooper, Ethan Kain.
PCM (3-1, 1-0 HOIC) took advantage of the game's only error in the bottom of the seventh, and Ethan Kain closed out the rally with a game-winning RBI single.