PHS softball beat Nickerson Tuesday at home 21-7 and 17-1, but the Greenback baseball team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten-losing twice to Nickerson 6-1 and 10-0.
Lady Green took out some frustration on the visiting Nickerson softball team Tuesday, ripping the overmatched Panthers 21-6 and 17-1, both contests lasting only four innings.
In the opener, Brianna Cruz went 5-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Bre Bosley was 4-4, also with 2 doubles and 4 driven in. Payton Woody went 3-3, scored 5 runs, had 2 triples and knocked in 5. Tablesetter Madalynn Wilson went 3-4, scored 4 times with two stolen bases and knocked in 3 while she was at it.
Kami Theis pitched for PHS, going the distance to pick up her sixth win against no defeats on the season. She scattered 5 hits but gave up 6 runs, some of them unearned due to Greenback errors.
The nightcap was dominate by the Frogs as well. An 11-run second inning took any mystery out of the outcome.
Lady Green featured the long ball in game two, Cruz and Bosley each going yard. Madalynn Wilson led off the game with a homer of the inside-the-park variety to give PHS three HR for the contest.
Jenna Fincham also had a good game, going 2-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs.
Bre Bosley was in the circle for Pratt in game two and did a nice job, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits over her 4 innings of work. The Greenback defense played flawlessly behind her in game two.
“Our approach at the plate was very good and we adjusted well to the different pitchers that we saw in the two games,” observed PHS head coach Mike Forshee. “We really hit the ball with some authority today with 3 home runs, 11 doubles and2 triples.”
“We did struggle a little defensively with some routine plays we should have made,” he went on. “We will correct that.”
“Kami and Bre threw two good games,’ Forshee said of his pitchers. “They spotted the ball well and hit their locations. Again, catcher Morgan Rogers called two good ball games and kept Nickerson off balance at the plate.”
At the beginning of the season, PHS head baseball coach Ron Hill felt that the road to the CKL championship would go through Nickerson. He was right.
The Greenbacks baseball team had been unbeaten this year until suffering a twin bill defeat at the hands of the also-unbeaten Panthers at Smoky Ford Field on Tuesday by scores of 6-1 and 10-0.
“I knew Nickerson would be the best team we played in the regular season,” PHS head coach Ron Hill said. “They played about the way I expected they would.”
“I feel like we didn’t deal very well emotionally with the pressure, especially at the plate,” Hill continued. “Our focus all year has been to be playing our best at the end, so we just need to regroup.”
There will be plenty of chances to do just that as PHS plays 7 games in 7 days beginning with Lyons on Friday.