The Pratt Community College softball team is off to an 18-11 start including a 9-3 record in conference play.


The Pratt Community College softball team is off to an 18-11 start including a 9-3 record in conference play. 

The team’s motto is simply “Best effort one play at a time.” The motto came from Head Coach Ron Hill because he believes that the team’s only weaknesses are playing consistent, intense and focused softball.

“We sometimes get distracted” Coach Hill said. “But we’ll be fine I have no doubt, we are one of the best teams in the region.”

Hill believes the conference is open this year to any team, but the records of the other regional teams show that it’s not going to be an easy road. Highland Community College is 10-0 in conference and Cowley County is ranked 4th in the nation while Johnson County is ranked 7th.

The Beavers squad is made up of 12 freshmen and only one true sophomore, Inman sophomore Bre Beckerman, who has showed the freshmen what it takes to be a college softball player.

Beckerman is leading the team with a .456 batting average and 35 Runs Batted In(RBI). Beckerman has also been a workhorse in the circle as she leads the team in Innings Pitched with 61 and a team low Earned Run Average(ERA) of 1.03. Topeka freshmen Katie Luna is sharing the load with Beckerman. Luna has accumulated 47 innings pitched and has an ERA just under three. Colorado freshmen Elizabeth Wahl leads the team in wins with a 4-1 record.

Offensively the Beavers have eight players with batting verages over .300. Following Beckerman is Rose Hill Freshmen Molly Baker who has a .371 avg.  and 21 RBI’s. Pratt freshmen Ashton Neumann has a .367 avg. and 18 RBI’s.

“The highlight of the year is having a group of good kids that want to become good softball players and have the desire to win,” Hill said.