The Pratt Community College Beavers got back into action Wednesday in Salina against the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes. With weather being a factor, as well as having Easter weekend off, it had been a full week since PCC had taken the field.
The Beavers offense showed signs of rust as they struggled all day to put good swings on the ball. The Beavers pitching staff was a different story as eight Beavers combined to throw the fourteen innings giving up only two runs on eleven hits in the two games. PCC won game one 6-2 and shut the Coyotes out 4-0 in the nightcap.
In the opener, the homestanding Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 lead as they put together a string of hits in the bottom of the first, scoring one run on three hits, but leaving two on base. However, in the top of the second inning, the Beavers jumped in front putting up three runs on two hits and three walks. Gaige Webster of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma came through with the big hit, pushing across two runs on a single.
The next inning, the Beavers tacked on three more runs. After loading the bases with no one out PCC scored on RBI groundouts by outfielder BJ Dean and second baseman Johnny Lassiter. Garrett White then scored on a passed ball. This put the Beavers up 6-1 going into the bottom of the third.
Colton Lorance started on the mound for the Beavers, pitching the first two innings, giving up one run on five hits. Lorance was replaced by fellow Texan, Daniel Tockhorn who gave the best performance of the day, giving up no runs on zero hits in two innings. Tockhorn was replaced in the fifth by Louisiana native Clayton Blanks. Blanks was impressive as well pitching two innings, giving up zero runs on one hit. Cameron Clements came in and closed out the game, giving up one run on one hit and one walk. The Beavers took the first match 6-2.
Game two was much of the same as the Beavers topped the Coyotes 4-0. The pitching in game two was even better as four Beavers combined to give up zero runs on four hits. Alex Cox pitched the first two innings, getting the win and giving up no runs, zero hits, and one walk. Tyler Huffstickler came in and pitched the third and fourth innings, giving up zero runs on one hit and one walk. He was replaced by right-handed pitcher, Colton Glover who pitched two innings, giving up zero runs on two hits. Hoover finished the game, pitching the last inning, giving up zero runs on one hit.
The Beavers scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings. The two runs in the third came in the form of a Jordan Jones single that scored Johnny Lassiter and Gaige Webster. In the fourth, B.J. Dean led off with a single, followed by a Trey Trahan RBI double. Trahan advanced to third on a passed ball, and was scored on a Scott Alvarez groundout to second. The scoring would stop here as the Beavers finished on top 4-0.
Page 2 of 2 - With the two wins, the Beavers are now 14-13 on the season, and 7-9 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Beavers will be back in Jayhawk Conference action this weekend here at Jud Stanion Field. PCC will take on Seward County in a 4 game series with doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. The games will begin at 1:00 p.m. with game one being a seven inning affair, and game two being a full nine inning game.
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