The Pratt softball and baseball teams both won their regional Wednesday and advanced to the State Tournament.
The softball team beat Hoisington and Colby at Ulysses on Wednesday to earn another berth to the state tournament.
In the semi-final Hoisington game, Pratt scored a pair in the second frame on a single by Kelsey Smith-Potter, an RBI double by Taylar Fuhr and an RBI single by Lauren Rambat. Bre Becker singled to lead off the third, coming around to score on an RBI grounder by Hayden Pixler.
Up 3-0 in the 4th, Pratt scored three more on singles by Fuhr and Rambat, an RBI groundout by Savanah Buntemeyer, and a single by Becker in which she came around to score on a stolen base and and some charitable Cardinal defense. 6-0 Pratt.
The Lady Greenbacks put Hoisington away by putting up a 4-spot in the 5th after 2 were out. Taylar Fuhr started the rally with a single. Rambat singled and Buntemeyer was HBP to juice the sacks. Bailey Gillig plated a pair with a single. Hoisington misplayed a ball off Bre Becker’s bat allowing Buntemeyer and Gillig to race home with the winning runs, 10-0 Pratt in five innings.
Pitcher Brittnee Hill threw a shut-out with 6 Ks and 3 BBs.
In the championship game against Colby, Kelsey Smith-Potter broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 3rd. After walking, she was advanced by a pair of sac bunts, then scored on a passed ball.
Pratt broke the game open in the 5th inning, batting around and lighting it up for 6 runs. The big blows were a pair of 2-run doubles off the bats of Lauren Rambat and Brittnee Hill. A couple of Eagle errors aided the Frog cause as well.
Hayden Pixler tripled to lead off the 6th and Taylar Fuhr reached on a base on balls. Both came around to score as Colby made another couple of defensive miscues. Those runs would account for the final score 9-0.
In the nightcap, Hill threw a 2-hit shutout with 7 Ks and 2 BBs.
“I’m very happy for the girls,” head coach Mike Forshee said of his team’s return to the state tournament in Salina next week. “They deserve it. They’re one of the best teams I’ve ever coached.”
The baseball team downed Larned 9-2 in the semis and bested host Hugoton 3-2 in the championship game to advance to the State Tournament next week.