The visiting Pratt High School softball team roughed up Sterling on Tuesday, taking both ends of a twin bill against the Black Bears by scores of 15-0 and 17-7.
The visiting Pratt High School softball team roughed up Sterling on Tuesday, taking both ends of a twin bill against the Black Bears by scores of 15-0 and 17-7. Lady Green utilized the big inning in both games to seize control.
The opener was reasonably close for two stanzas until Lady Green exploded for a 10-spot in the top of the third to blow the game open. With southpaw Brittnee Hill cruising on the mound— 9 Ks, 0 BBs— and tossing a shut-out, the outcome became a foregone conclusion.
Pratt scored in the top of the first on a Bailey Gillig RBI single, chasing home Bre Becker.
In the second frame, after 2 were out, Bailey Batman singled to left, Lauren Rambat was walked and a double-steal put runners at second at third. Becker knocked in both with a base hit. 3-0 PHS after two.
In the third inning, the floodgates opened. A number of walks and Sterling fielding miscues added fuel to the fire as the Frog bats began connecting with regularity. Kelsey Smith-Potter drove home Gillig with a single to start the scoring parade. Rambat picked up a ribbie with a BB, plating Destani Garten who had walked earlier. Becker reached on an error which scored Smith-Potter. Savanah Buntemeyer was plunked, bringing home Bailey Batman who had earlier walked.
Consecutive RBI doubles by Dakota Jones, Gillig and Garten brought more Frogs around to score. By the time the dust settled in the top of the third, Pratt was up 13-0.
In the 4th, Rambat doubled and Becker reached via the free pass. RBI knocks by Jones and Gillig put PHS up 15-0. When Brittnee Hill brushed the Black Bears aside in the bottom of the fourth, that gave Pratt the run-rule victory in four innings (‘15 runs after 3 innings.’)
“Brittnee was in total control in the circle,” head coach Mike Forshee stated, ‘and continues to mix pitches and locations. She does a great job of keeping the hitters off balance and guessing.”
Pratt girls 1 2 10 2 x x x 15 12 1
Sterling 0 0 0 0 x x x 0 3 2
Sterling took their only lead of the evening in the first inning of game two, going up briefly 1-0. Pratt came back to plate 7 in the second inning, however, and went on to post another convincing win— 17-7 behind starting pitcher Paige Huber who picked up 7 Ks. Huber was hurt by walks as much as base hits, yielding 5 of each.
Coach Forshee was pleased with his freshman’s outing, her third win on the season against no defeats. “Paige had another nice outing in game two and worked out of a couple of jams,” Forshee said. “(Catcher) Savanah (Buntemeyer) called a good game for her and that allowed Paige to gain some confidence in her change-up.”
Pratt scored all 7 of their runs in the second frame after two were out. Brittnee Hill walked, Destani Garten got a hit and Kelsey Smith-Potter got a bunt hit to load the bases. Cheyene Wiese picked up the first RBI taking one for the team. Then Lauren Rambat plated two with a single. After Bre Becker walked to reload the bases, Savanah Buntemeyer cleared them with a triple into the right field corner. Dakota Jones singled home Buntemeyer and Bailey Gillig finished the hit parade with a single before the side was retired. 7-4 Pratt after two. Neither team could score in the third.
The fourth inning was another solid one for the Frog offense. Rambat, Becker, Jones and Gillig combined to score and/or drive in 4. Sterling pushed across three more tallies in the 6th, but Pratt plated 3 more in both the 6th and 7th innings to stretch the lead to 17-7 — which was where the game ended when Huber set the Black Bears down in the bottom of the seventh. Brooke Theis had the big blow in the 7th for Pratt, a 2-RBI single.
Coach Forshee was especially pleased with his team’s offense for the evening. “We were disciplined and had some very good at bats in the doubleheader,” he said. “Our approach was focused and we hit good pitches. Anytime you score 32 runs and pound out 30 hits, you’re doing things right.”
PHS softball is now 6-0 on the season. Lady Green travels to Lyons on Thursday for their next action. The doubleheader against the Lady Lions begins at 4:30 p.m.
Pratt girls 0 7 0 4 0 3 3 17 18 0
Sterling 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 7 6 3