Pratt High softball lost game one 12-4 at Smoky Valley before rebounding with a win 13-3 in the nightcap.
Following the gut-wrenching losses at Haven Tuesday, Pratt High head softball coach Mike Forshee felt that his team had grown as a result of the defeats. That growth was visible at Smoky Valley on Thursday- at least in game two.
The Lady Greenbacks split with the 7-5 Vikings, dropping game one 12-4 before rebounding in the nightcap for a 13-3 win.
The PHS baseball team was also in Lindsborg, but only as spectators. They were informed on the bus when they were about halfway there that Bethany College had declared the baseball field unplayable. At that point, there was nothing else to do but continue on to Smoky Valley and cheer for the girls. A make-up date for the baseball games had not been set as of press time.
Game one did not go well for Pratt. After three innings, Smoky Valley led 11-3. Erin Jackson relieved in the circle for PHS in the third inning, and was able to restore some order, allowing just 1 more Viking run after the third.
Unfortunately, the Greenbacks were only able to tally once more themselves against Viking hurler Megan Sample and PHS fell in game one 12-4. Defensive errors hurt Pratt in the early going, allowing the Vikes to open up a sizeable lead.
"The first game was one of those where we just acted like we weren't ready to play," lamented Coach Forshee. There was 'a little chewing' between games, and, in what has become a familiar theme for Lady Green of late, they responded in game two.
Smoky Valley scored twice in their first at-bat against PHS pitcher Kami Theis, but then she shut them down- putting up five straight goose-eggs.
Pratt trailed 2-0 heading to the top of the fifth, and then their bats came alive. They posted 5 runs in the fifth inning, with big RBI hits from Brianna Cruz and Bre Bosley.
The sixth inning was even bigger. Erin Jackson led off with a single, and Jenna Fincham followed with a bunt hit. After a fly-out, Madalynn Wilson bunted her way on to load the bases. Payton Woody plated Jackson with an infield hit; Cruz walked to force in Fincham.
Smoky Valley brought their ace Sample back in to relieve at that point, but to no avail. Bre Bosley cleared the bases with a double off the wall and Theis brought her home with a knock before the side was retired.
That put Lady Green up 11-2, but they were not done yet. In their seventh, Fincham, Reese McDonald and Wilson each singled to load the bases and Cruz would then single for RBI. With the two additional runs, Pratt led 13-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Smoky Valley scraped a run together in their final AB, but PHS still claimed a satisfying 13-3 win in game two.
"We showed a lot of good stuff in game two," said Coach Forshee. "Kami (Theis) threw a good game and we played good defense."
"It's a game of adjustments," Forshee continued. "I was proud of the girls for turning it around in game two."
The Lady Greenbacks stand 7-6 at this point in the season. They will host Nickerson on Tuesday.