PCM baseball hits three homers in win over East Marshall

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Jul. 4—PRAIRIE CITY — Caleb Duinink hit a pair of homers and locked down his first save of the summer, Easton Webb delivered his first career home run and Zeb Padget pitched into the fifth inning during PCM's baseball win over East Marshall on Friday.

The host Mustangs led 6-1 after two innings and held off the visiting Mustangs 8-6 during non-conference action. The victory snapped PCM's five-game losing streak.

"It was good to get a win. We needed a win," PCM baseball coach Jeff Lindsay said. "We also want some momentum going into districts."

Duinink's first homer was a two-run shot in the first. He also had a solo shot as part of the two-run fourth and a sacrifice fly to center field scored another run in the four-run second.

Duinink had four RBIs in the game and is now hitting .414 this summer with three home runs.

Webb's two-run homer came in the four-run second. He also walked once.

"We had a nice approach at the plate," Lindsay said. "The guys had a lot of hard-hit balls that went for outs, too. Credit to East Marshall for making some plays. We struck the ball well.

"It was nice to see Caleb stay hot and Easton put a good swing on it."

The Mustangs (7-12) had eight hits total and won the game despite committing six errors.

The other hits came from Sage Burns, Beau Webb, Andrew Mitchell, Durant Van Dyke and Connor Bennett.

Mitchell doubled, scored one run, walked once, was hit by a pitch and stole one base, Bennett had added one run, one RBI, one walk and two steals and Burns and Beau Webb chipped in one run and one walk.

Van Dyke drove in one run and walked once and Padget scored one run and was hit by a pitch.

Padget (1-2) picked up his first pitching win of the season after allowing four runs — three earned — on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Easton Webb got two outs on the mound, allowing two runs — one earned — on two hits with one strikeout.

Duinink didn't allow a run or a hit in recording his first save of the season. He struck out two, walked one and hit one in two innings of work.

"I thought Zeb gave us a quality start," Lindsay said. "Easton gave us a couple of outs and Caleb shut the door for us."

These two teams are both part of Class 2A District 14. East Marshall (14-10) will be the No. 3 seed for the postseason, which starts Saturday. PCM was voted as the No. 5 seed.

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