In the world of sports, facing former coaches or mentors can sometimes be tough.


Other times it’s exciting, and in still others, heartbreaking.


Pratt Community College’s four-game series with Barton County had a mix of all of those things and more on a blustery weekend.


In the world of sports, facing former coaches or mentors can sometimes be tough.

Other times it’s exciting, and in still others, heartbreaking.

Pratt Community College’s four-game series with Barton County had a mix of all of those things and more on a blustery weekend.

In Monday’s doubleheader to finish the series, Barton took both games – the first in heartbreaking fashion after Pratt forced extra innings, the second in a lopsided victory – to take the series three games to one.

Head coach Ryan Schmidt was up against his former coach, Mike Warren. The highly successful Warren, who spent time as coach here in Pratt, had a couple of milestones riding on this series. Coming in, he had 799 wins at Barton County and 898 wins overall. After winning the first game on Monday, he secured both of them.

“With me playing at Barton and working there for three and a half years under a guy that has 900 wins in Coach Warren, it is familiar,” Schmidt said. “He’s a guy that coached here. Barton has been a consistent winner in this conference, and a lot of that has to do with Coach Warren and it’s something we’re trying to build here. When we hook up, it’s going to be competitive baseball. We split yesterday and played an 11-inning game today – it’s just good baseball. That’s what was played today.”

The first game was dominated by pitching, with zeroes on the scoreboard until the fifth inning. That’s when Barton finally broke through, scoring a run on a two-out Nathan Miller single. They added another in the top of the sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Pratt answered in the bottom half of the frame, with a Matt Burns single to left and a steal to put him in scoring position. Ethan Elrod sent him to home plate with a single to right field.

Pitcher Junior Mustain was able to pitch out of a jam in the top of the seventh by striking out Michael Tennessen to give the Beavers a chance. In the bottom of the inning, Skylar Angood reached on an error and then stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Skyler Sumner hit an RBI single to tie the game.

Three extra innings saw six more zeroes on the scoreboard, with excellent pitching by Blake McMullen. The sophomore closer pitched four innings and was tagged with the loss after allowing only the winning run in the 11th inning. Barton broke the tie on an RBI single by Miller. This came with two outs after Pratt intentionally walked Barton’s designated hitter.

After losing such a close, hard-fought game, the Beavers didn’t have much in the tank for the second game, which was shortened to seven innings in place of the first.

“I think today, when you play an 11-inning game and you lose it in the way that we lost it, it takes the wind out of your sails,” Schmidt said. “We didn’t put our best effort out there in the second game, but that first game was great and we were right there. I was really happy the way our guys competed in the first game. They were throwing good arms at us and we were right there, staying in it. We gave ourselves a chance to win it but just came up a little bit short.”

In game two, the Beavers struggled to get much going, with starter Jarrod Jameson lasting just 1 and 2/3 innings. Barton scored in every inning but the fifth while the Beavers went cold offensively.

The wind played a factor defensively for Pratt, but had less to do with the outcome of the game than it has previously this season.

“For the most part, our defense didn’t take us out of this game,” Schmidt said. “We are getting to that point where we have a fairly set lineup and we’re starting to get some guys with consistency in there. I think once we become more consistent defensively, it won’t end up being the difference in games.”

Pratt will play at Northern Oklahoma College - Tonkawa on Wednesday. The Beavers and Mavericks will play a single nine-inning game, with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.