Lady Green softball closed out the regular season Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep on the road at Hoisington. The victories gave the Pratt girls sole possession of the Central Kansas League title for 2017 with a record of 17-1.

Lady Green softball closed out the regular season Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep on the road at Hoisington. The victories gave the Pratt girls sole possession of the Central Kansas League title for 2017 with a record of 17-1.

The normal 20-game season ended up two games short, as the twin bill with Hesston was postponed twice by weather, and then no further compatible date could be worked out between the two schools due to the busy slate of springtime activities, according to PHS athletic director David Swank.

The games at Hoisington resembled each other not at all. PHS took the opener 16-0 in totally dominant fashion, but then the Greenbacks barely came out on top in the nightcap 3-2.

The Cardinal bats didn’t get much wear and tear in game one as Pratt’s outstanding hurler Paige Huber threw a perfect game, striking out 5. In a game that lasted a mere 45 minutes, no Hoisington batter got more than one plate appearance as the Frogs won in three innings 16-0 by run-rule.

In Hoisington’s final AB, the Cardinals put some balls in play, but Lady Green’s defense was there to preserve the perfect game. 1B Luz Acosta picked off a shot and stepped on the base for out #1; 3B Brianna Cruz made a nice play on a pretty decent bunt attempt for out #2; and Huber herself fielded a popper back to the circle for the final out.

Meanwhile, the Greenback offense was scoring early and often. Huber got the ball rolling in inning one with a home run. Then, Brooke Theis and Breanna Bosley singled ahead of Jenna Fincham’s blast over the right center field fence to make it 4-0 Pratt after one.

PHS really got rolling in their second AB. Cruz pounded the Frogs’ 3rd homer of the game to lead off. Then Madalynn Wilson singled, stole second and advanced to third when Theis reached on an error. Bosley walked to load the bases and Fincham plated 2 with a knock. Acosta picked up a ribbie with a single to center. Allisan McGowan then walked to load the bases again and Makenzie Baird came through with a single and two RBI.

Up for the second time in the frame, Cruz got an infield single that plated McGowan. Wilson drew a BB and Huber singled home two more before the Pratt onslaught subsided. That made the count 14-0 after two. Pratt added a pair of runs in their third to go up 16-0, and that was the margin of run-rule victory when Hoisington failed to tally in their third try.

“The things that we have really been focusing on at practice, pitch selection and patience at the plate, are paying off,” Pratt head coach Mike Forshee said of his team’s offensive outburst. “We had some good looks and were aggressive.”

Undiscouraged by the thrashing they took in the opener, the Lady Cardinals rebounded to make a game of it in the nightcap. Pratt put up single runs in each of their first two at-bats, but still led only 2-0 heading to the top of the fifth.

With one out, Cruz pounded her second homer of the day to put PHS ahead 3-0. That would prove to be the gamewinner as Hoisington finally broke through on offense in their half of the fifth- plating their only two runs of the day to draw within one, 3-2 after five.

Neither team was able to score over the final two frames, however, so game two ended with Pratt on top 3-2. “We had opportunities to push some more runs across in game two,” Coach Forshee mentioned, “but we came up a little short.” Lady Green had 7 runners left on base in the nightcap, including 5 in scoring position.

Breanna Bosley was 2-3; Brianna Cruz 2-4 with 2 runs, a homer and a ribbie; and Makenzie Baird was 1-3 with an RBI in the nightcap.

Next up for Pratt is regional, where they will be the #1 seed. Regional will be hosted by Larned beginning on May 15. Also playing will be Hoisington and Nickerson.