Even in the crazy-nutty universe that has been Spring Sports 2013, this one has to rank pretty high on the bizarre-o-meter. Somehow, the Cloud County baseball team managed to lose the same game twice to Pratt Community College.
It all began during a 4-game series between the foes last weekend at Stanion Field. During the 5th inning of one of the games, a CCCC coach and an umpire got into a beef, resulting in the coach getting tossed. Somewhat later, the umpire decided that the dismissed coach hadn’t left the premises far enough and declared the game to be forfeited to Pratt. The game went into the books as a 1-0 win for the Beavers, helping them achieve a split in the series.
Subsequently, Cloud protested the forfeiture and KJCCC agreed with the Clouds that the umpire had overreached in declaring the contest a forfeit. It was determined that the game should be completed from where it had been suspended previously.
So, on Wednesday, with the score knotted at 2 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, the Beavers and the T-Birds faced off in a 2 ½ inning game. Pratt’s BJ Dean scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 5th on, of all things, a balk.
Beaver hurler Daniel Tockhorn did not allow any Clouds to cross the plate in their two ABs, although he did load the bases with two out in the top of the 7th with two BB and a HBP. But the next T-Bird rolled out to second to end the interrupted and resumed game.
Pratt had tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th, so the final score was 4-2 PCC.
In the end, it is hard to see what was gained by Cloud’s protesting the forfeit—unless you count their kids getting an extra 6 hours of bus time to play 2 ½ innings, and one of their kids getting dinged up in a collision at 1st base.
The upshot is that Cloud County lost the same game twice to PCC, once by forfeit and once in the resumed game.
In other, more conventional, action this week, the Beavers swept a pair from visiting Tabor College JV on Thursday. Pratt won the opener 4-3 and then also took the nightcap 6-4. The games did not impact PCCs 10-18 mark in both the conference and Region VI, but did improve their season record to 20-24.
PCC will conclude the regular season with a 4-game set at Butler County this coming weekend.