LARNED — The Pratt 86ers are behind the eight ball, so to speak.

If they are going to win the AA Zone 6 Tournament, they’ll have to win three straight games after last night’s 4-3 loss to Hoisington dropped the 86ers into the losers bracket.


LARNED — The Pratt 86ers are behind the eight ball, so to speak.
If they are going to win the AA Zone 6 Tournament, they’ll have to win three straight games after last night’s 4-3 loss to Hoisington dropped the 86ers into the losers bracket.
Hoisington has been the surprise team of the tournament, knocking off both Larned and Pratt to reach the championship game.
Last night, the 86ers struck first, scoring a run in the top of the second. Brad Richardson led off the inning with a single, then scored on Joe Rush’s double.
Pratt extended the lead in the top of the fifth as Bryant Theis led off with a single down the third base line, then scored on Skyler Angood’s double.
Richardson’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Angood, and the 86ers were on a bit of a roll.
But Hoisington’s pitcher caught a pop-up by Rush, allowed a single to Caleb Gillig, and then got Ryan Jones to ground out to the shortstop. That got Hoisington out of the inning with Pratt up 3-0.
Until things went south in the bottom of the sixth.
Hoisington batters drew a total of six walks in the inning, and turned them into three runs, tying the game at 3.
The 86ers were retired quickly in the top of the seventh, putting the pressure on their defense.
But Hoisington’s momentum from the sixth carried into the seventh, as their leadoff batter singled, and eventually scored the winning run.
Chris Nicholson (2-2) took the loss, going 1 1/3 innings in relief. He struck out one, but also gave up two hits and three walks.
Colton Matthews struck out three and gave up just one hit in 5 2/3 innings of work. He allowed six walks and two runs.
Angood had two doubles and a single to lead the Pratt offense. Gillig and Theis each had a pair of singles.
Pratt got a total of 11 hits in the game, while Hoisington got just three.
The 86ers will face Larned at 6 p.m. tonight. The winner of that game takes on Hoisington at 8 p.m. and must beat Hoisington twice to win the tournament.
The winner of the zone tournament will advance to the state tournament in Sabetha next weekend.