It was a good weekend for the Pratt Community College softball team as they took 3 of 4 games on a weekend road trip. After splitting a pair with Allen County on Friday, the Lady Beavers swept Neosho County on Saturday.
In the opener at Allen County, PCC wasted a pitching gem by Raushell Baca, who only gave up 2 runs in 6 innings. Unfortunately, the Beavers gave her little run support, only managing to push 1 run of their own across as the Red Devils stole one from PCC 2-1. Frustratingly, the Allens scored the go-ahead run on a Beaver error, and PCC left six runners on base throughout the contest. Kelsie Lundgren went 2-4 and had the only RBI for Pratt in a losing effort.
The bats were much louder in the nightcap for the Beavers as they scored 11 runs on 10 hits. Brenda Novelo had the game-winning RBI with a first-inning double. Annette Thomas-Daw went 2/2 on the day. Ely Ortega threw a six-inning shut-out, yielding just 4 hits with 2 Ks. Pratt took game 2 11-0.
On Saturday, Stephanie Seewer led the Beaver offense against Neosho County as she was just a triple shy of the cycle, going yard in the 2nd inning, doubling in the 5th and picking up a single in the 6th. Sam Garrison, Kelsie Lundgren and Brenda Novelo combined with Seewer for 12 hits and 6 RBI.
Raushell Baca was the beneficiary of the run support that had been absent in her previous outing. Giving up just 2 earned runs, Baca pitched all 7 innings for the Beavers, giving up just 5 hits and 1 walk while recording 5 whiffs.
Game 2 started out well for Pratt, but things ended up on an unhappy note. Kelsie Lundgren began the game with a base hit and a stolen base, and was plated on a base hit by Fernanda Garcia. Garcia also swiped second base and scored on a single by Rachael Schoonmaker. Sam Garrison singled to put runners at the corners.
When Garrison then attempted to steal 2nd, she got tangled up with Neosho infielder, and former Pratt High Greenback, Avery Neumann. Neumann was unfortunately injured on the play, and was taken to the hospital with a broken ankle. Neosho was out of eligible players and had to hand the contest to Pratt, the Beavers recording a 1-0 win via forfeit.
By taking 3-4 on the weekend, PCC softball improved its conference mark to .500 (11-11) and boosted its season record to 16-20.
Next up for PCC is a homestand this week against Barton County Monday and Garden City Tuesday, weather permitting. Both doubleheaders are scheduled for 3 p.m.
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