The Pratt Community College Beavers baseball team hosted The Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Mavericks in their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Jud Stanion Field. The game proved to be a thriller as the contest lasted 11 innings with the Beavers winning in walk-off fashion.
This was NOC-Tonkawa’s first game of the season, and they showed few signs of rust as they played solid baseball for 6 innings. Pratt found themselves in a hole early, down 9-0 going into the bottom of the 6th inning. The Beavers were quiet on offense, and were not much better on the mound. The Beavers had no answer for NOC-Tonkawa starting RHP, Ricky Reeves, who pitched 5 no hit innings until Sophomore Jordan Jones ripped a double into right-center field. Jones, who did not start in the game, came off the bench in the 5th inning to give the Beavers the spark that they had needed. He finished the game as the offensive leader for the Beavers going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, and also driving in a pair of Beavers. Following Jones’s double, the rest of the offense began to show some life as well, putting up 4 runs in the 6th before hitting into a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.
The Beavers could not fully break out, as they left the bases loaded once again in the 7th after only plating one run. The Mavericks plated one run of their own in the top of the seventh, and that would be the last time they would see the scoreboard as they led the Beavers by a score of 10-5.
Barton County transfer, Creighton Hoover, pitched one scoreless inning in the top of the 8th to keep the PCC Beavers in the game. The Beaver offense once again put themselves in a position to strike for a big inning. They had already scored one run, and had the bases chucked full once again with two outs. Freshman left-fielder, Trey Trahan came to the plate, and he put a good swing on the ball, and hit a sharp ground ball to the third baseman, but the third baseman made a nice play ranging to his left, picking the ball and getting the force out at second to end the inning with minimal damage.
With the Beavers trailing 10-6 going into the 9th, the Beavers called on the semester transfer out of Northeast Texas CC, Daniel Tockhorn. Tockhorn came into the game, and pitched well in the 9th facing the heart of their lineup. He gave up one hit which was quickly offset as Jordan Jones threw him out at 2nd base in a steal attempt.
In the bottom of the 9th, freshman outfielder B.J. Dean led off the inning for the Beavers with a ground out to the shortstop. The Beavers were facing a grim situation needing 4 runs with only two outs left. Sophomore Justin Crouch laced a double into straight away center, followed by a walk to Pratt native, Jake Siroky. Sophomore 3rd baseman, Tanner Johnson, then ripped a double of his own into left-center scoring Crouch from 2nd base. Jones then stepped to the plate and hit a triple on a long fly ball into deep centerfield scoring Siroky and Johnson, bringing the Beavers within one. Edmond, OK native, John Lassiter then hit a ground ball to the right side scoring Jordan Jones and tying the game at 10. Sophomore shortstop Jared Lupo struck out looking to end the inning and push the game to extras.
Page 2 of 2 - Tockhorn came back out in the 10th and held the Maverick offense at bay giving up zero runs on one hit. The Beavers did not threaten in the bottom half of the inning, with Trahan being the only hitter reaching base on an error by the shortstop before Crouch struck out swinging to end the inning.
The 11th inning would decide the game as Tockhorn came out for the third inning and once again pitched a scoreless inning walking one and striking out one. Tockhorn was the highlight on the mound for the Beavers pitching 3 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, and fanning 2. In the bottom half of the inning, Siroky led off by flying out to center. Johnson then reached second base on an error by the Mavs’ centerfielder giving the Beavers a runner in scoring position with 1 out. Lassiter then gave the Beavers a hard fought at-bat before popping up to the first baseman.
With Johnson at 2nd and two outs recorded, leadoff man Jared Lupo stepped to the box with a chance to redeem his 9th inning strikeout. He delivered with a huge a two strike single through the right side, scoring Johnson and ending the game with a final tally of 11-10 Beavers.
The Beavers are off until Monday, Feb. 18th when they travel to NWOSU in Alva, OK to play one nine inning game scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.