The Pratt 86ers defeated the Larned Legion Sunday at Smoky Ford Field by a 7-0 count. The game went only 5 innings before being halted by rain, but it was an official game in the books. The scheduled nightcap was cancelled.
It was a game that featured contrasting pitching from the respective hurlers. For the Pratt 86ers, Logan Bertholf was the epitome of efficiency—tossing a 1 hit shut-out at the Larneds with 6 Ks and only 2 bases-on-balls. “That was one of his best games all summer,” opined 86ers head coach Pat Stivers.
Meanwhile, the Larned pitcher was struggling to locate the strike zone. The 86ers didn’t collect many hits on the day—2, but it was mostly because they weren’t getting anything decent to swing at. Seven 86ers reached via the BB in their four turns at-bat, and three more were plunked by the errant Larned hurler, Perez. Perez also uncorked two wild pitches that allowed in runs for Pratt.
It could have been worse, but Pratt actually made the least out of the most, leaving the bases loaded in two innings and a total of seven LOB for the game. As mentioned, Pratt only managed two hits for the game, and a big hit at the right time could have broken the game open.
As it was, the 86ers had to settle for scoring most of their runs thanks to Larned’s generosity—but a win is a win and the 86ers will take it in a season that has featured quite a bit of offensive frustration for the Pratt squad.
The 86er will host Hays on Wednesday evening and then travel to Dodge City on Thursday evening. The Junior Legion will begin zone play this week at Great Bend.