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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Frogs take four of four from Vikings

  • It was a clean sweep for the Pratt High ball teams as both the baseball and softball teams swept visiting Smoky Valley Friday evening at Green Sports Complex. The boys won a pair of run-rule contests 10-0 and 16-2. The girls prevailed 7-0 and 15-8.
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  • It was a clean sweep for the Pratt High ball teams as both the baseball and softball teams swept visiting Smoky Valley Friday evening at Green Sports Complex. The boys won a pair of run-rule contests 10-0 and 16-2. The girls prevailed 7-0 and 15-8.
    The top of the order did its job in the baseball opener as the first three batters— Jacob Kurz, Dakota Venard and Sean Noel— all reached with base hits and eventually scored. That was all the run support Greenback hurler Brett Forshee would need as he pitched a shutout to the Vikings.
    It was all he would need, but not all he would get, as the Frogs pushed across 5 more runs in the third. Single tallies in the 4th and 5th got the score to 10-0 and that was a run-rule victory.
    The Vikings got their only lead of the night to start game two, plating a pair in the top of the first. But southpaw Brandon Ruckle shut Smoky Valley down after that and the Greenbacks bats resonated throughout the stadium as PHS punished the Viking pitching for 16 runs in their first 4 innings.
    Whenever Smoky threatened, the Pratt defense rose to the occasion. The infield (Noel, Venard, Kurz, Forshee/Ruckle) turned several double plays.
    “We played well for our first game of the year,” PHS head coach Pat Stivers said. “We got good pitching from Brett and Brandon. They kept the ball down and kept the defense in the game. Our offense will continue to improve. Our hitters had good pitch selection tonight.”
    GAME ONE
    Smoky 0 0 0 0 0 0
    PHS boys3 0 5 1 1 10
     
    GAME TWO
    Smoky 2 0 0 0 0 2
    PHS boys 1 5 6 4 x 16
     
    The softball games were not run-rule affairs, but Lady Green was in control in both. Brittnee Hill threw a 2-hit shutout in the opener with 13Ks and no walks. Paige Huber only had one bad inning on her way to her 2nd victory of the season in the nightcap. “Paige got roughed up for 5 runs in her 3rd inning,” head coach Mike Forshee observed, “but it was a good sign for her to turn it back around.”
    “We played well,” head coach Mike Forshee said. “We left too many runners in scoring position, but that will come around as we get our timing down.”
    Lady Green played well defensively all night, committing just one error all night. A huge play was when PHS got out of a bases-loaded jam thanks to RF Cheyene Wiese initiating a double play.
    GAME ONE
    Page 2 of 2 - Smoky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    PHSgirls4 1 0 1 1 0 x 7
    GAME TWO
    Smoky 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 8
    PHSgirls 5 5 2 3 0 0 x 15
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