Pratt High softball lost 12-8 and 21-8 at Kingman on Friday.
There were runners for both teams all over the place Friday as PHS softball visited Kingman for a twin bill.
Unfortunately for Pratt fans, more Eagles scored than Greenbacks, and Kingman took both ends of the doubleheader, 12-8 and 21-8.
In game one, Kingman had an answer every time Pratt made a run. It also hurt that Pratt left a multitude of runners on base (11). Kingman left 7 on themselves, but the difference in those figures was the difference in the final score.
PHS was down 5-3 heading to the top of four, but had a 5-run round to take the lead. Makenzie Baird began the uprising by reaching on a Kingman error. Madi Wilson sac bunted her to second. Kami Theis was HBP, and Brianna Cruz and Bre Bosley each walked as the Eagle pitcher lost track of the strike zone for a time.
Then, Jenna Fincham, Erin Jackson and Alli McGowan each ripped RBI singles, with a walk by Payton Woody thrown into the mix as well.
Lady Green had plated 5 runs, had the bases loaded and just one out, and looked like they might be poised to break the game wide open. But a fly-out and a line-out ended the inning with no further damage. At least Pratt had taken the lead 8-5.
But Kingman came right back to post a 4-spot of their own and recapture the advantage, 9-8. That was the third time in the game that the Eagles had scored in their own AB to erase Pratt’s taking the lead in the top of the inning. 3 more Kingman runs in the 5th provided the final margin of victory as PHS was unable to score further. Game one went to Kingman 12-8.
Game two was like game one on steroids. The Lady Greenbacks got some runs, but Kingman had their hitting shoes on and just kept piling on the runs. Anything Pratt did offensively, Kingman would more than top it when they got to the plate.
With the losses, Pratt’s record slips to 5-3. Kingman is 6-2 and expected to be in the hunt for the Central Kansas League title. Pratt is not out of it, but the twin setbacks leave Lady Green with several teams ahead of them in the standings.
The CKL season continues for the Greenbacks Friday when they will host Hillsboro in a doubleheader at Pinkall Field.