Things couldn’t have gone a whole lot better for the Pratt High School baseball team on Senior Night Tuesday at the Green Complex.
With seniors Garret Smith, Skylar Dean, Shane McEachern, Easton Herring, Chase Hageman, Jarod Gilmore and Mitch Baird being honored in between-games ceremonies, the Greenbacks took both ends of a twin bill from the visiting Kingman Eagles. In the opener, Pratt prevailed 8-1 and in the nightcap it was 12-2 Pratt in a five-inning abbreviated affair.
Pratt broke on top in the opener early on, lead-off batter Easton Herring clubbing a triple and being chased home by Garret Smith’s double. In the 3rd frame, Mitch Baird and Dakota Venard had RBI baseknocks plating Skylar Dean who had doubled, Drake Evert who was HBP and Shane McEachern who had drawn a walk.
The Frogs scored at will again the 4th, Herring cracking his 2nd 3-bagger of the game; Chase Hageman, Jarod Gilmore, McEachern and Baird singling; with Herring, McEachern, Baird and Venard each coming around to score. Pratt took game one 8-1, with Drake Evert getting the win on the mound.
In the finale, Brett Forshee took the bump and yielded only single tallies in the 2nd and 5th innings to the Eagles. Meanwhile the Frogs were putting up crooked numbers: 6 in the 1st, 1 in the 3rd and 5 in the 4th . That put PHS up 12-1 and when Kingman could only answer with 1 in the top of the 5th, that invoked the run-rule and Pratt took game two 12-2.
Head coach Pat Stivers attributed his team’s success to a combination of factors. “Our pitching and defense have been consistently improving,” he said. “Offensively, 1-9, we’re putting the ball in play. We’re just playing really well right now in all phases of the game.”
With the victories, Pratt’s winning streak reaches 8 games. They have not lost since they suffered a sweep at the hands of Word of Life back in mid-April. The streak could be double-digits now except that Halstead steadfastly refuses to allow a reschedule of a twin bill lost earlier to the weather. According to several sources, there is no reason for Halstead’s continual recalcitrance other than simple stubbornness..
Pratt is the traveling team, and has offered to show up just about whenever Halstead specifies. The problem is, they won’t specify. The loss of those games could cost the Greenbacks a share of the CKL title as with Pratt having fewer league wins, Lyons would win the tiebreaker. Pratt and Lyons split back in April, the only league loss by either squad.
Pratt will complete the regular season on Friday at Ulysses. They then host a first round regional game against Russell on Monday at 5 p.m.
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