The Pratt High School baseball team split a pair of games with the visiting Lyons Lions on Friday night. Lyons prevailed in the opener 13-7 while Pratt eked out a 9-8 win in the finale.
Pratt bats were quiet for most of game one. Garret Smith and Drake Evert managed hits in the 3rd that resulted in a tally for the Greenbacks. The Lions were scoring, however. Ahead 5-1 going into the top of the 6th they lit it up for 8 runs in their at-bat to go up 13-1.
Pratt answered with 6 runs on 3 hits in their half. Easton Herring, Skylar Dean, Chase Hageman, Will Fellhoelter, Brett Forshee and Mitchell Baird all scored—and Dean, Forshee and Baird were credited with base hits with Baird’s triple the big blow of the inning.
It was enough to stave off getting run-ruled, but not enough to change the outcome of the game and Lyons had game one 13-7 after neither side scored in the 7th.
In the nightcap, it was more of a nip and tuck affair. Each team tallied twice in the 1st inning and thrice in the 2nd. Lead-off and 2nd-hole hitters Garret Smith and Drake Evert each scored twice for Pratt and Mitchell Baird had Pratt’s other early run. Easton Herring had a two-bagger in the 2nd to key the 3-run rally.
With Pratt trailing by a run in the 5th, Herring led off with a single and Dean followed with one of his own. Baird picked up a ribbie with a single and Dean also scored later to give Pratt a 7-6 lead after 5.
Lyons tied it up in the top of the 6th by pushing across a run. Pratt answered with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 6th. Smith and Herring reached base and scored with Dean, Hageman and Dakota Venard picking up base hits—Venard’s a two-bagger— to drive them home. That put Pratt up 9-7 going into the top of the 7th.
The Lions appeared to be on the verge of retaking the lead in the top of the 7th. With one run across, no outs and the bases loaded, PHS head coach Pat Stivers brought Brett Forshee in to try to close the game out. Forshee did a Houdini act, getting the next two batters to foul out to 1B Chase Hageman and the third lined out to Mitchell Baird who made a nice play on the ball in left field.
Thus, Pratt escaped with the win, salvaging the split by taking the nightcap 9-8.
“We didn’t really play that well,” head coach Pat Stivers assessed. “We made way too many errors. We’re going to have to have everyone buy in and start playing better defense if we’re going to become a good team.”
Page 2 of 2 - Next up for Pratt is Monday 4 p.m. against undefeated Word of Life in a make-up game. Originally a triangular, it will just be a twin bill between Pratt and WOL as Med. Lodge dropped out.