The Pratt Community College Beavers traveled last weekend to take on the Dodge City Community College Conquistadors.
The teams chose to move the series to Friday and Saturday instead of the scheduled Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to get all four games in before the rain hit.
The Pratt Beavers looked like two different teams on the two days. Friday the Beavers fell short in both games, losing by scores of 8-1 and 8-5. Saturday was a different story as the Beavers came out with a little more conviction and won both games by scores of 13-9 and 7-2.
The opening game of the series was not ideal for PCC as they fell seven runs short in the seven inning affair. The Beavers came out and played good baseball for the first four innings of the game. Jared Lupo scored Pratt’s only run of the game. He reached 2nd base on an error to lead off the game, then stole 3rd base and came home when the catcher’s throw sailed up into the cheap seats.
The Conqs pushed across 7 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to get up 8-1 and close out PCC in game one.
Game two was much of the same as the Beavers jumped out to an early 4-2 lead through the third. Tyler Huffstickler, a freshman left-hander out of Tyler, TX started on the mound for the Beavers. He pitched well giving up two runs in six innings pitched while striking out eight and giving up three hits and four walks before turning the game over to freshman right-handed pitcher, Creighton Hoover with a 4-2 Beaver advantage after six innings played.
With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, DCCC boomed a 3-run walk-off tater to claim game two 8-5.
The Beavers came to play on Saturday as they were more aggressive and confident in themselves all around. PCC scored two in the first as Lupo and Gaige Webster both reached on infield hits. After freshman outfielder Trey Trahan bunted them over, Jake Siroky singled to the left side of the infield scoring Lupo from third, and moving Webster to third. Siroky then stole second and Webster took home on the throw down from the catcher.
They then added four more runs in the second, the first coming from a Jared Lupo RBI, and the other three coming in the form of a three-run bomb by Webster. The Beavers would not score again until the fifth, taking a 6-4 advantage into the frame.
DCCC did not shut down early as they scored runs of their own in the first, second, and third. Super-sophomore Alex Cox, a right hander out of Shawnee, Kansas started on the mound for the Beavers, and threw 4 innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks.
Page 2 of 3 - Each team tacked on one more run in the fifth, bringing the score to 7-5 PCC. The Beavers then broke out again in the sixth putting up another crooked number in the form of four runs. PCC scored the first two on a two RBI single by Webster, scoring Lupo and Lassiter. Then after Trahan was hit by a pitch, Webster and Trahan stole second and third respectively and Justin Crouch cleared them with a two-RBI single of his own to left field. The Beavers then scored two more in the top of the seventh as Webster and Trahan picked up an RBI apiece, scoring Lupo and Webster respectively and bring the contest to 13-6 PCC on top going into the bottom of the seventh.
Hoover came in and pitched the final two innings of the game for PCC, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. The Conqs were never in striking distance as the Beavers controlled the game all day and finished with a 13-9 victory.
Game four featured much less offense by both teams as the score was 3-2 Beavers going into the eighth inning. Both starters did a good job keeping the opposition off balance and pitching to contact. Sophomore right hander Brad Honeycutt started for PCC, giving them the best pitching performance of the weekend— going six innings, giving up only 2 runs on 10 hits and 1 walk.
Honeycutt was relieved after six innings by freshman righty Cameron Clements out of Patterson, Louisiana, who pitched the final three innings of the game and gave up no runs on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.
The Beavers manufactured two more runs both in the eighth and in the ninth innings. In the eighth, PCC scored as Webster reached on a bunt single, followed by a Trahan walk. They double stole, moving up to third and second respectively with no on out. Siroky then stepped to the plate and hit a sac fly to right, scoring Webster, and allowing Trahan to advance to third. Siroky was followed by Crouch who hit a sac fly of his own scoring Trahan, to put the Beavers up 5-2 going into the ninth.
In the ninth, PCC scored two more runs as Webster singled with the bases loaded, scoring Jones from third. Then with the bases loaded and one out, Trahan hit a ground ball to the third baseman, which got the force out at home, but they could not turn the double play and get Trahan at first.
On the play, Lupo played very heads-up baseball as he started from second, came around third base and never stopped running—scoring from second with the ball never leaving the DCCC infield. This put the Beavers up 7-2, which is where the score would end.
Page 3 of 3 - The Beavers are now 4-7 overall, and 2-4 in conference play. They will be back in action this week on both Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Jud Stanion Field in Pratt, KS. The Pratt Beavers will be playing against the Barton County Cougars in order to finish their series from last Thursday.
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