The Pratt High Lady Greenback softball team opened their season Tuesday evening with a split against Hillsboro, dropping the first game 5-2 before coming back and winning the second 5-1.


The Pratt High Lady Greenback softball team opened their season Tuesday evening with a split against Hillsboro, dropping the first game 5-2 before coming back and winning the second 5-1.

Pitcher Avery Neumann got the start in game one and pitched well on the day before Brittnee Hill came in and finished out the game. A few defensive errors hurt the Lady Greenbacks, as well as an offense that was finding plenty of hits but not many runs.

“We got off to a slow start offensively,” said coach Mike Forshee. “We didn’t play too bad all day – I was proud of their efforts today. We just had some miscues in that first game. I would almost bet that they didn’t have an earned run in that first game.

“We had our chances though. We had the bases loaded in the end and couldn’t get a run home. Give Hillsboro credit – they did what they needed to do and put some pressure on us.”

In the second game, Pratt came out swinging, scoring three runs in the first inning and two in the second to take an early lead that would prove to be enough behind the pitching of Kinzie Spurgeon and Hill. Hill finished the day with six strikeouts, including an inning where she struck out the side.

“I liked what our pitchers did today,” Forshee said. “Avery threw pretty well, the defense just didn’t help her out. Brittnee came in and shut it down with a little bit different speed. And I thought Kinzie came in and threw an outstanding first part of the second game. I thought all three of our pitchers threw well enough to win ball games.”

The varsity roster, which has plenty of freshmen trickling in from the Batbuster club team here in Pratt, is experienced for their age.

“They’re not freshmen anymore,” Forshee said. “With the experience these girls have had, and the experience we have coming back, that will really help us in the long run.”

Now the Lady Greenbacks travel to Hesston on Friday for another doubleheader against a solid team in the new Central Kansas League.

“I’m really proud of the way that we started, we came out with a win and now we go to Hesston on Friday night,” Forshee said.