After falling to Colby in the regional final last season, the Pratt Lady Greenbacks knew what they were up against as they faced the Lady Eagles with a trip to state on the line.


After falling to Colby in the regional final last season, the Pratt Lady Greenbacks knew what they were up against as they faced the Lady Eagles with a trip to state on the line.

In the end, Brittnee Hill was able to out-duel her counterpart from Colby. She kept a shutout through six innings while clinging to a one-run lead before allowing a run to score in the top of the seventh that tied the game.

Fortunately, the offense picked her up in the bottom of the frame, with Taylar Fuhr scoring the winning run on a passed ball. Fuhr reached base in the seventh on a walk before teammate Lauren Rambat hit a bunt single to move her over. Kinzie Spurgin hit a single to load the bases before Fuhr crossed home plate on the mistake by the Colby catcher.

“We had a lot of determination today,” said head coach Mike Forshee. “We had great leadership from Jordi Garrett, Breanna Blankenship and Tori Black. Brittnee was just tough today. The defense was rock solid and they deserved this win. This is why we practice and compete – to get to this level and challenge for a state championship. Any fan of Pratt High softball should be very proud of this group.”

The game was scoreless through the first four innings before Pratt got on the board in the fifth inning. With two outs, it was Fuhr again, hitting a double before Hill scored her on an RBI single.

Hill was dominant on the mound, striking out 12 Colby batters while walking none. She ended the day with just four hits as her defense, which did not record an error in the final, picked her up.

Rambat finished the day 3 for 4 with two stolen bases while Fuhr was 1 for 2 while scoring both runs for the Lady Greenbacks.

In the first game, Pratt took care of business against Hugoton, winning 10-2 behind a five-run third inning.

Avery Neumann was the game-one starter, earning the win and striking out three.

“The girls really focused today on what was ahead of them and what they needed to do,” Forshee said. “We hit the ball well, and Avery did what she needed to do in the circle.”

In the third, Pratt got singles from Jordi Garrett and Dakota Jones before Bailey Gillig reached on an error to score a run. Fuhr hit a double to score two runs and senior Breanna Blankenship plated another two with a single.

Gillig finished the day 3 for 4 with a double and two triples to lead the offense. Jones was 2 for 4 while Blankenship finished 2 for 3.

The softball bracket has not been released, but all eight regional winners have been reported and Pratt stacks up as the No. 3 seed.

“If things are as they appear, it looks like we’ll probably be the No. 3 seed,” Forshee said. “We’ll be there with the two seed, and I’m not sure how that all fills out. Girard and Andale are up there also. It looks like a pretty solid, even field. I haven’t heard a whole lot about most of those teams, but if things work out the way they look like, we’d be with second-seeded Andale.”

No matter who they meet at state, Forshee likes the way his team is playing and will take any matchup.

“I’ll take my girls and we’ll go play anybody right now,” he said. “We’re pretty confident and we want to see what we can do this year.”

 

Pratt 2, Colby 1

CHS            000  000  1 – 1  4  2

PHS            000  010  1 – 2  9  0

 

WP – Hill. LP – Curry. 2B – Fuhr.

 

Pratt 10, Hugoton 2

HHS            000  010  1 – 2  4  3

PHS            025  012  x – 10  13  2

 

WP – Neumann. LP – Martinez. 2B – Gillig, Fuhr. 3B – Gillig 2.