The Pratt Community College Beavers traveled eight hours to Mount Pleasant, TX to open their season against the Northeast Texas CC Eagles. They were swept in a double header on Friday, February, 8th by scores of 9-0 and 10-0 respectively. The Beavers then played NTCC again on Saturday and lost by a deficit of 5-3.
The first game on Friday was a scheduled seven inning game. The Beavers found themselves in a hole early as the Eagles put up 6 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Beaver offense managed just 8 baserunners in the game on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit by pitch. Offensive leaders for the Beavers were freshman second baseman, Trey Trahan and sophomore right fielder, Jordan Jones with two hits apiece. On the mound the highlight of game one was Louisiana native, Jake Potier who threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The Beavers lost game one by a final score of 9-0.
Game two was much of the same as the Beavers continued to struggle at the plate. The Eagles offense took advantage of every opportunity that the Beavers gave them, scoring their first four runs after Beaver errors should have ended the inning. The Beaver offense was once again stagnant as only 9 Beavers reached base on 4 hits. Hometown boy B.J. Dean led the Beaver offense, going 1-for-2 with a double ripped into center field. The teams would not complete the full 9 innings scheduled as the Eagles run ruled the Beavers 10-0 in 8 innings.
On Saturday, Pratt came out and played closer to the Beaver brand of baseball. On the mound, Brandon Horne, freshman right hander out of Pineville, LA, pitched four innings giving up only one earned run. Trahan once again led the Beaver offense going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Beavers had chances in the game as they found themselves down 5 to 2 going into the eighth inning. The Beavers 1-2-3 hitters led off the 8th with 3 consecutive hits bringing the score to 5-3 with runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out. A botched sacrifice bunt attempt and fly out to center quickly halted their momentum.
After a balk by Eagles pitcher, Jordan Foster, PCC hitter Jordan Jones grounded out to the 2nd baseman ending the inning with runners left on 2nd and 3rd. In the 9th with the Beavers still down by two, the Beaver offense found themselves in striking distance with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out and the top of the order at the plate. Starting SS Jared Lupo stood at the plate in a 3-1 count and took what was thought to be ball four. All baserunners thought it was ball four and started to the next base, when a late strike call by the umpire brought Lupo back to the plate. With the runners already in motion, the Eagles catcher threw behind Jake Siroky at first base and they recorded the second out of the inning as Siroky was tagged out in the run down. Lupo walked on the next pitch, and freshman centerfielder, Gaige Webster, flew out to the 2nd baseman ending the game. The Beavers lost by a final score of 5-3.
Page 2 of 2 - The 0 and 3 Beavers are back in action Wednesday Feb. 13th at Jud Stanion field against NOC-Tonkawa in a single nine inning affair starting at 2:00 p.m.