|
|
PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Greenbacks trophy at State

  • On Friday, the Pratt High School girls softball team took home the third place trophy from the 4A state tournament held in Salina. After advancing to the semifinals on Thursday by downing Frontenac 10-4, PHS dropped a heartbreaker to Augusta 4-3 on Friday to fall to the 3rd place game. Pratt then put away Paola 5-3 to claim the 3rd place trophy.
    • email print
  • On Friday, the Pratt High School girls softball team took home the third place trophy from the 4A state tournament held in Salina. After advancing to the semifinals on Thursday by downing Frontenac 10-4, PHS dropped a heartbreaker to Augusta 4-3 on Friday to fall to the 3rd place game. Pratt then put away Paola 5-3 to claim the 3rd place trophy.
     If ever a grand slam changed the complexion of a game, it was during Pratt's first-round state tournament game against Frontenac Thursday evening in Salina.
    Frontenac and Pratt had exchanged big blows through the first four innings. The Raiders jumped on top 2-0 in the first on a home run by senior Lindsey Gorham. Pratt came back with a two-run homer by Savanah Buntemeyer in the third as part of a four-run inning.
     Frontenac came within one on an RBI single by senior Samantha Bonner in the fourth. But with the bases loaded in the fifth, Breann Becker crushed a grand slam to lift Pratt to a comfortable lead. The Greenbacks rode that momentum the rest of the game on way to a 10-4 victory.
    Frontenac struggled to get consistent hits against Pratt lefty Brittnee Hill, who finished with a whopping 13 strikeouts, nearly all of them swinging. When Frontenac tried to get back some of the momentum in the bottom of the fifth with a bunt single and another base knock, Hill stepped up and struck out the next three batters to squash any chance of a rally.
    Hayden Pixler and Becker led off the seventh with base hits. Frontenac made a unexpected relay throw that led to an error and two more runs as Pratt built a 10-3 lead
     Frontenac, which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, ends the season with just two losses for a 20-2 record.
    Pratt advanced to the semifinals to face No. 2 Augusta, which beat Topeka Hayden 12-9. Augusta was one of two undefeated teams entering the tournament. Paola (22-0) beat Mulvane 10-4 in the other 1st round contest.
    The Augusta game was frustrating for Pratt as the Orioles only scored in one inning, plating 4 on hits in the bottom of the 2nd. They were held scoreless for the rest of the game by Brittnee Hill, giving the Lady Greenbacks a chance to get back in it.
     In the top of the 4th, Dakota Jones reached on an infield single and came home on another home run by Bre Becker which got the Frogs within two at 4-2.
    In each of the next two innings, Pratt got the lead-off runner aboard but could not push anyone across. Kelsey Smith-Potter and Bailey Gillig were both left stranded and it was still 4-2 going into the top of the 7th.
    Page 2 of 3 - In each of the next two innings, Pratt got the lead-off runner aboard but could not push anyone across. Kelsey Smith-Potter and Bailey Gillig were both left stranded and it was still 4-2 going into the top of the 7th.
     Becker reached to start the top of the 7th and Hayden Pixler singled to put the tying runs on with nobody out. Brittnee Hill got the sac bunt down and advanced the tying runs into scoring position with one out.
    Taylar Fuhr plated Becker with a sac fly to draw the Frogs within one, but Augusta was able to retire the side with no more damage and narrowly escape with a 4-3 win.
    The battle for the 3rd place trophy pitted the Greenbacks against Paola. Paola entered the tournament undefeated as the #1 seed. They were downed in the semis by eventual state champions DeSoto, after advancing in the first round by eliminating Mulvane.
    Pratt prevailed in a close ballgame 5-3 to take 3rd place in the tourney.
    The Frogs didn’t put up any crooked numbers against Paola, but they scored in four innings while holding the Paolas scoreless over the last five frames. Pratt plated 2 runs imn the top of the 7th to claim the win.
    In inning one, Pratt broke on top early. Lead-off hitter Lauren Rambat singled and came around to score on a Brittnee Hill single.
    Paola responded with a pair in their half of the inning, then plated another in the 2nd to go up 3-1.
    Pratt cut the deficit to 1 in the 3rd as Savanah Buntemeyer singled, Bailey Gillig doubled and Dakota Jones single scored Buntemeyer. The Lady Greenbacks got it tied in the 4th. Taylar Fuhr took one for the team to reach base. A Rambat sac bunt advanced Fuhr and a Buntemeyer RBI single plated Fuhr.
    With the score knotted at 3 going into the 7th, Jones cracked a double down the left field line. After one out, Kinzie Spurgin reached on a Paola error. Breann Becker sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Hayden Pixler walked to load the bases. Paola mishandled a groundball off the bat of Fuhr, allowing Jones to cross the plate with the go-ahead run. Lauren Rambat singled up the middle to plate Spurgin with an insurance tally.
    In the bottom of the 7th, Greenback southpaw Brittnee Hill fanned the first Paola batter and got the next one to pop out to 2B Breann Becker. A rare Pratt fielding miscue (only their 2nd of the entire tournament) gave Paola one last gasp, but Hill fanned the next batter and Pratt had the third place trophy.
    “It was a great win against the #1 seed,” head coach Mike Forshee said. “The girls came back after a disappointing loss in the semis to Augusta and were determined to finish with a victory. They kept each other going and were not going to feel sorry for themselves. They were as focused for this game as they were against Frontenac. This team played their tails off for 3 games.”
    Page 3 of 3 - The Pratt community showed their pride in the girls as they received a fire engine escort into town upon their return from Salina.

      • calendar