Pratt High School’s baseball team crushed Smoky Valley on the road Friday, taking both ends of a doubleheader by counts of 13-3 and 13-2, neither game going the distance.
In the opener, the Greenbacks jumped ahead in the first inning. Garret Smith and Drake Evert reached by the BB and the HBP to open the inning. The Vikings looked as though they might be able to get out of the mess when they retired the next two men, but then consecutive RBI singles by Chase Hageman, Shane McEachern and Brett Forshee put PHS up 3-0.
The Smokies drew even scoring 1 in the 2nd inning and 2 in the 3rd. After a scoreless 4th inning, the Frogs opened up the floodgates on the Vikings in the 5th. The first ten men to the plate all ended up scoring, with Skylar Dean leading off the inning with a single and scoring; then singling and scoring again later in the inning with Pratt’s tenth and final run of the frame.
In between, Hageman had a double, and McEachern, Forshee and Dakota Venard had singles. The Greenback cause was also aided by some Viking generosity as they issued a free pass and committed 3 errors. “We put together a pretty good inning,” PHS head coach Pat Stivers understated.
With Smoky’s inability to answer in the bottom of 5, Pratt had the 13-3 run-rule victory. Brett Forshee started the game on the bump for PHS, going 4 innings to pick up the win. Garret Smith closed, shutting the door on the Smokies with a 9 pitch 1-2-3 5th inning.
In the nightcap, Pratt again vanquished the Vikings in run-rule fashion, this time by a 13-2 count. Smith and Evert were again the catalysts at the top of the order— reaching on a single and a BB in the 1st inning and scoring to stake Pratt to a lead.
Smoky Valley plated their only two runs of the contest in their half of the second stanza to knot the game at 2 apiece, but that was the end of their scoring—and Pratt wasn’t finished yet.
After scoring 2 more in the 3rd and adding on 3 in the 4th, the Greenbacks again exploded in the 5th inning—pushing across 6 more tallies to put the contest out of reach. All of the damage in the 5th inning was done after the first two batters were retired. Venard, Will Fellhoelter, Smith, Evert and Skylar Dean got singles; Easton Herring drew BB and the big blow of the inning was a two-bagger from Mitchell Baird.
In game two, lead-off and 2nd-hole batters Smith and Evert each touched the plate 3 times, as did Will Fellhoelter who got the starting nod in RF. Chase Hageman was the winning pitcher for Pratt, with relief help from Skylar Dean. The Frogs enjoyed a 13-2 victory in game 2, giving the Greenbacks the sweep.
Page 2 of 2 - “We played much better all around,” Coach Stivers said in comparing his squad’s successful outing with their previous defeats at the hands of the Hays Indians. “Our pitchers were throwing strikes, our fielders caught the ball and our hitters were putting it in play.”
“We have finally been able to get outside for some practices,” Stivers explained. “We’ve been able to let our pitchers throw off the mound and our hitters have been able to go against live pitching. Just being able to get quality reps in practice made a huge difference in the way we played.”
After evening up their record at 2-2 on the young season, Pratt will host a triangular on Thursday against Medicine Lodge and Word of Life with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m.
PHS 3 0 0 0 10 x x 13
SVHS 0 1 2 0 0 x x 3
Smith 3-1-2; Evert 3-0-2; Herring 3-0-1; Dean 4-2-2; Hageman 3-2-2; McEachern 4-2-1; Forshee 4-2-1; Baird 3-0-1; Venard 3-1-1
PHS 2 0 2 3 6 x x 13
SVHS0 2 0 0 0 x x 2
Smith 4-3-3; Evert 4-2-3; Herring 3-0-0; Dean 4-3-1; Hageman 4-0 0; McEachern 3-0-1; Venard 3-1-1; Baird 3-1-1; Fellhoelter 3-2-3
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