PHS baseball won 11-3 and 3-0. PHS softball lost 9-3 and 19-18.
The Pratt High baseball team took a pair from Haven on Tuesday to remain unbeaten on the season at 11-0.
Meanwhile, PHS softball absorbed a doubleheader loss in stomach-shot fashion to fall to 6-5.
PHS baseball won game one 11-3 behind a good outing from Grant Bolen. PHS head coach Ron Hill felt that Bolen pitched well enough for a shutout if the team hadn’t “kicked the ball around some” behind him.
Theis and Bolen had extra base hits in game one, but Pratt mainly took advantage of gifts from Haven to score.
The nightcap was more dramatic than the opener, as Haven southpaw Nathan Rohling and Pratt’s Kaden Evert faced off in a pitchers’ duel.
Rohling threw well for the Wildcats, but the Greenbacks got a superb effort from Evert, who twirled a 1-hit shutout at the host Havens.
Working with 1B Wyatt Schrag, Evert engineered two pick-offs to erase the only two Wildcat baserunners in the early going. As a result, Evert faced the minimum in his first five innings.
But the Frogs were having trouble scoring themselves. They went down in order in innings 1,2 and 4. In the third, Wyatt Schrag singled and Hunter Huber walked to start the inning, but they were left stranded.
PHS finally broke the ice in the top of the fifth. With one out, Schrag and Huber each took the BB. #9 hitter Nate Kolm then plated the pair by lacing the ball into the left field corner for a double.
“That was Nate’s biggest hit of the season so far,” observed Coach Hill. “I was proud of him, because he hadn’t had a good at-bat in his previous turn, but then he came through when we needed him.”
Looking for an insurance run leading 2-0 in the top of the seventh, the Greenbacks manufactured one. Landen Studer led off taking one for the team, advanced on a balk and a groundout, and then scored on a double-steal with Zach Shanline who had walked. Final: 3-0 PHS.
“That was the best they’ve thrown this season,” Hill said of his hurlers Bolen and Evert. “They trusted their stuff, hit their spots.”
With many of their contests being blow-outs this season, the Frogs have not had to deal with much pressure. Coach Hill was proud of the way his team responded on this occasion when they were tested.
“We haven’t had to face much adversity this year,” Hill said. “It was not easy this time, for once. I thought the kids dealt with it well.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Lady Green dropped a pair to the Wildcats, who came into the contest atop the CKL at 10-0. The Pratt girls lost game one 9-3 in frustrating fashion, then fell 19-18 in the nightcap in REALLY frustrating fashion.
In the opener, the potent Wildcat offense was held in check pretty well by PHS pitcher Bre Bosley and the Greenback defense. Haven got 3-run innings in the third and fourth, but several of those runs were unearned as PHS committed 4 errors in the early going.
The PHS defense did have its highlights: Lady Green turned a triple play to end the 5th when RF Payton Woody snagged a liner and two Haven runners were caught off base for a triple play.
Pratt left 9 runners on base in what was an exasperating 9-3 loss.
PHS seemed determined not to be frustrated at the plate in the nightcap, and stormed out to a 14-1 lead after two innings. They had 18 runs on the board after four, and held what seemed to be an insurmountable lead in the middle innings.
But Haven seemed determined not to suffer their first loss of the season and began to take huge whacks into the Pratt lead. At times this year, Lady Green has had trouble getting their opponents out, and this was one of them.
Haven rallied for a 19-18 win in a heartbreaking loss for PHS.
Pratt High School baseball/softball travels to Smoky Valley on Thursday.