The Pratt High softball team beat Hesston 10-0 twice in the season opener at Pinkall Field.
Although one could have wished for nicer weather at the Pratt High softball season opener Tuesday at Pinkall Field, no Greenback fan is going to object to the outcome. The Lady Greenbacks took both ends of the twin bill from Hesston, by identical 10-0 run-rule counts in both games.
PHS put runs on the board in the first inning against the Swathers in Game One. Lead-off hitter Maddy Wilson legged out an infield hit to get things rolling. Peyton Woody followed with a bunt single, and Brianna Cruz got an RBI with a knock. Jenna Fincham had an RBI groundout and Kami Theis got a hit to plate Cruz with the third run of the frame.
The third and fourth innings displayed Lady Green’s offensive versatility: they used Big Ball in inning three and Small Ball in the fourth.
Cruz clubbed a solo homer and Theis bounced a double off the wall to plate Bre Bosley after she’d walked in the third.
In the fourth, Erin Jackson reached on a bunt single. Makenzie Baird sacrificed her to second. Wilson walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball. Woody got the RBI with a base hit.
In the fifth, singles by Bosley, Fincham, Theis and Jackson set up the inning and a Hesston misplay of a ball off Wilson’s bat allowed the 10th run to score, ending the contest by run-rule.
Bre Bosley was in the circle for Pratt, and after some initial jitters, settled in for a nice pitching turn, tossing a shutout at the Swathers. The Frogs played well defensively behind her, committing just 1 error.
Game Two was similar to Game One except that it was Kami Theis in the circle for Lady Green rather than Bosley. The freshman acquitted herself nicely, also twirling a shut-out at the Hesstons.
Overall, PHS head coach Mike Forshee was happy with his girls performance on the day. “There were some good signs for this early in the season,” he said. “Our batting timing was a little off, but overall we had a good night.”
“What stood out to me was that our good pitching and defense were able to get us out of some jams when Hesston got runners on,” he mentioned.
The Lady Greenbacks return to action April 6 at Halstead.