Pratt has been selected by the Kansas State High School Activities Association to host the 4A division II baseball and softball state tournaments in the spring of 2014.
With the new 4A split going into effect this year for baseball and softball, additional state tournament sites were needed. 4A division I will continue to be contested in Salina for both baseball and softball, but the 4AII tournaments in baseball and softball will be held in Pratt.
The baseball tournament will be held at Pratt Community College while softball will be played at Green Sports Complex.
Of course, a school must be willing to host the tournaments if selected, but the state tournaments were not necessarily something that Pratt High actively pursued, according to PHS athletic director Curtis Nightingale.
“In my mind, this speaks volumes about our community and our fantastic facilities as well as the reputations of Bruce Pinkall with Pratt Rec and Kurt McAfee at the college,” Nightingale commented. “Both those guys are well-known around the state and with KSHSAA as being top-notch professionals.”
As Pratt Rec director, Pinkall manages events at Green Sports Complex and as athletic director, McAfee manages events at PCC.
“I believe that our (PHS) long history of successfully hosting top-level competitions for KSHSAA made Pratt an obvious choice to do a great job,” Nightingale continued. “I’m excited about the opportunity to be the host community for these events, and for what it means to the businesses here. This will be a good thing all the way around.”
Considering that the other cities selected to host state baseball/softball tournaments are Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, Topeka and Emporia, Prattans should be very proud that our smaller town boasts the facilities and the personnel needed to host such a prestigious event.