It was a full weekend of baseball for the Pratt 86ers as they played four games in three days at a tournament in Great Bend. The 86ers went 2-2 on the weekend. They would have played a fifth game as they had played themselves into the third place contest, but it got rained out.

It was a full weekend of baseball for the Pratt 86ers as they played four games in three days at a tournament in Great Bend. The 86ers went 2-2 on the weekend. They would have played a fifth game as they had played themselves into the third place contest, but it got rained out.

The 86ers got the tourney off to a good start on Friday night, run-ruling Larned 11-2 in five innings. Leadoff man Landen Studer did his job, reaching base three times with a single, a double and a base on balls- and coming around to score three times.

Pratt did most of their offensive damage by taking advantage of the Larned battery. They didn’t have that many base hits, but walks and/or HBP were plentiful. Then, the 86ers ran wild on the base paths, padding their stolen base stats. The aggressive base running put 86ers in position to score to take advantage of good situational hitting and passed balls.

As an example, in the 4th inning, all 3 runners who scored, Grant Bolen, Cade Perez and Studer reached via the BB. Kaden Evert had an RBI knock in the inning.

Justin Lamatsch went the distance on the mound for Pratt, giving up just 2 runs in five innings of work.

On Saturday morning, the 86ers fell 6-4 to Great Bend Chiefs, one of the few teams Pratt has had trouble solving this summer. The Chiefs are comprised of high school seniors and college freshmen, more of a Senior Legion team, where the 86ers are mostly Junior Legion age.

“Playing good competition makes us better,” stated assistant coach Brian Schrag.

Studer and Evert got Pratt off to a good beginning, both singling and scoring in the first frame. From then on, though, only Travis Theis got much done against the Chiefs- singling, doubling and scoring twice in a losing effort.

Later on Saturday, Pratt got an exciting walk-off win against Great Bend Braves, plating 4 in the bottom of the seventh to snatch a 10-9 victory from the jaws of defeat.

In the deciding inning, down by 3, Theis reached then stole second. Following an out, Hunter Huber and Wyatt Schrag got base knocks, with Theis scoring. Then Grant Bolen drove in 2 with a hit. Finally, Drew Roadhouse got the gamewinning RBI hit as Pratt came from behind for the walk-off win.

Wyatt Schrag, Noah Malone and Grant Bolen all toed the slab for the 86ers.

On Sunday in bracket play, the 86ers fell to Russell 11-8. A few defensive miscues at inopportune moments may have cost the 86ers. The defeat dropped them into the 3rd place game, but it got rained out so Pratt finished the weekend at 2-2 tied for third place.

The 86ers will host their only home tournament of the season this coming weekend at Smoky Ford Field.