By Madalynn Wilson
Special to the Tribune
The PHS softball girls split on their senior night in a tough doubleheader against Kingman on Friday, May 10.
The first game was a “slugfest” for Kingman as the head coach, Mike Forshee put it. Pratt had the momentum at the beginning of the game after coming back from being down 6-1 to winning 10-6 by the fourth inning. Unfortunately, the Eagles took that momentum away at the top of the fifth to take the lead, 11-10.
Then Kingman made a pitching change that Pratt wasn’t able to adjust to and the Eagles continued to hit home run after home run to win the game 21-10.
“They made a pitching change and we didn't adjust as well as we are capable, but sometimes you have to just "tip your hat" to the other team and move on,” said Forshee.
The Greenbacks did move on by game two, taking the lead, 4-1 by the fifth inning. Kingman was able to tie it back up at the top of the seventh but Pratt didn’t let that get to them. They won the game 5-4.
“I thought we kept our composure and did what we needed to do in the bottom of seven to win game two. Erin Jackson did an outstanding job of locating her pitches and keeping them in check. Just two good teams going at it,” said Forshee.
This was the last regular season game for this year and the last one for the seniors: Brianna Cruz, Jenna Fincham, Anahi Garcia, Allisan McGowan, Morgan Rogers, and Madalynn Wilson. They were able to end their regular season career with a win.
The girls will battle for a spot at state this Wednesday at home. They will compete against Wamego at 3:00.
“At  regionals we need to maintain and sharpen what has been successful for us all year. We will work on getting a lot of reps defensively, honing our approach at the plate, and have our pitchers get in some good pens,” said Forshee.