The Pratt Community College softball team took a pair of games from Kansas City Kansas Thursday afternoon at Angood Field. In the midst of a 10-game homestand, the Lady Beavers have now won 3 straight.
In the opener, PCC got all the runs they would need in the first inning, which was lucky because those were the only runs they would score.
Kelsie Lundgren led off slapping a triple down the left field line. After an out, Samantha Garrison singled Lundgren home. Brenda Novelo singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd. After another out, Stephanie Seewer lifted a fly ball to right center. The Blue Devil outfielders converged, collided and the ball dropped between them for a 2-run double, scoring Garrison and Novelo. The KCK right fielder had to be helped off the field.
Raushell Baca was on the bump for Pratt, and held the Lady Blue Devils in check. KCK hit some balls hard, but Baca was able to record some key strike-outs and the PCC defense turned in some big plays to prevent KCK from putting up any crooked numbers.
In the first six innings, KCK only managed single tallies in the 2nd and 5th. Meanwhile, Pratt had runners in a few subsequent innings, but were unable to take further advantage. The score was 3-2 Pratt going into the top of 7. After Baca recorded two quick outs, the Beaver defense had a bit of a hiccup, dropping a fly ball that would have represented the game’s final out.
With the potential tying runner reaching via the error, Baca did not panic. She mowed the next Blue Devil batter down via the K to preserve the 3-2 Lady Beaver win.
In the nightcap, Pratt again won a close contest, this one by a 4-2 count. After sweeping KCK, PCC has a quick turnaround, hosting nationally ranked Highland Friday in a game moved forward a day in anticipation of inclement weather expected for Saturday. Pratt improves to 12-16 on the season.
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