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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Greenback softball splits with Lions

  • It was a frustrating doubleheader for the Pratt High School Lady Greenbacks Friday night against the visiting Lyons Lions. Pratt won the first game handily 6-0, then was on the verge of a sweep when Lyons opened up the floodgates late and stunned the Frogs by taking game two 21-18.
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  • It was a frustrating doubleheader for the Pratt High School Lady Greenbacks Friday night against the visiting Lyons Lions. Pratt won the first game handily 6-0, then was on the verge of a sweep when Lyons opened up the floodgates late and stunned the Frogs by taking game two 21-18.
    In the opener, the Lions were having trouble mounting much offense against Pratt hurler Brittnee Hill, who tossed a 1-hitter.
    With the score zip-zip, Pratt got on the scoreboard first in the 3rd inning. Taylar Fuhr led off with a double. After an out, the next 4 Greenback hitters got base knocks. Lauren Rambat, Kinzie Spurgin and Savanah Buntemeyer had singles and Dakota Jones plastered a double to get 3 riuns on the board.
    Destani Garten tallied in the 4th inning, the Pratt tacked on another pair in the 5th, Jones and Bailey Gillig had base knocks and eventually came around to score. That made it 6-0 Pratt which was where the contest ended when Lyons couldn’t get anything going against Hill in the 6th or 7th innings.
    The nightcap turned into a slugfest with a wild finish that went against the Greenbacks. Pratt looked to be in pretty good shape for a sweep until the 7th inning. Even though Lyons had shaken off their offensive doldrums and were squaring up quite a few balls, Pratt’s offense was also in high gear.
    The score was 6-6 after 3 innings but then Pratt put up a 6-spot in the 4th to pull ahead 12-7 at that point. Adding another 4 runs in the 5th put PHS up 16-8 after the 5th inning. Each team managed another tally in the 6th, and Pratt had a 17-9 lead going into the top of the 7th.
    At that point, the Lyons Lions began taking their frustrations out from game 1 and started tattooing the ball all over the yard. The Lions didn’t look like they could even be controlled with a whip and a chair as they smashed hit after hit, and runner after runner crossed home plate. The big blow was a grand slam home run to put Lyons ahead, and they weren’t done yet.
    By the time the side was retired, Lions had put up 12 runs in the top of the 7th to go ahead 21-17.  A shocked Greenback team tried to answer in the bottom of the 7th, plating one run, but it was too little and Lyons had pulled off the amazing comeback to salvage a split in the twin bill. Game 2: Lyons 21-18.
    “You feel kind of bad when you feel like you’ve let one slip away,” PHS coach Mike Forshee commented. “But we don’t want to take anything away from Lyons. We had them on the verge of getting run-ruled in game 2, but they kept battling.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “We just need to get past it and come back Monday and get back to work,” Forshee continued. The Lady Frogs are not scheduled to play again until April 23 against Halstead, but a make-up game with Sterling is possible.

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