The Pratt 86ers split a doubleheader at Alva on Tuesday. Even though it was a split, the 86ers played some of the best baseball they have played all summer, according to assistant coach Mike Forshee.
The opener was a 9-0 run-rule affair, with Sean Noel and Will Fellhoelter combining to twirl a shutout. The 86ers bats were working and Pratt put Alva away rather easily.
In the nightcap, the 86ers bats cooled off and they were not able to support Logan Bertholf’s outstanding effort on the mound.
Bertholf has been the ‘James Shields’ of the 86ers rotation this summer. In one recent outing, Bertholf dropped a decision even though he threw a no-hitter. Against Alva, he held the Renegades at bay until they scratched out a run in the bottom of the 7th to break a scoreless tie and win the nightcap 1-0.
The 86ers pitching and defense have been excellent of late. Pratt only recorded one error in each of the games against Alva. They just need the bats to start to come around more consistently to provide the pitching with some more consistent run support.
The 86ers will host the Smoky Ford Tournament this weekend at Green Sports Complex.