Softball Splits with Hutchinson
Pratt and Hutchinson passed the lead back and forth four times on Wednesday at Hutch, but in the end Pratt pulled out an 8-7 win in seven innings over Hutchinson.
Pratt finally managed to grab the lead after a strong third inning. Pratt scored on a two-run single by Rachael Schoonmaker off Kelly Buckman, scoring Kali McCulloch and Liz Wahl.
Pratt held off Hutchinson, as Hutchinson was unable to overcome a five-run fourth inning deficit. Schoonmaker racked up three RBIs on four hits for Pratt.
In the top of the first, Pratt grabbed the early lead, 1-0. The Pratt attack began with a double from Schoonmaker. A single by Derian Weber then moved Schoonmaker from second to third. Then a fielder's choice scored Schoonmaker.
Hutchinson answered Pratt's top inning with one run of its own in the first. Hutchinson scored on an RBI single by Brown.
Pratt tacked on another four runs in the fourth. The inning looked promising, as Brenda Novelo tripled, plating Ashton Neumann to kick things off. That was followed up by an error that scored Novelo.
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Ashton Neumann did all she could to give Pratt a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Hutchinson, as Pratt lost 9-5 in seven innings.
Pratt was led by a flawless day at the dish by Neumann, who went 3-3 against Hutchinson's pitching. She doubled in the third inning and singled in the first and seventh innings.
The top of the first saw Pratt take an early lead, 3-0. A single by Neumann, bringing home Derian Weber started the inning off. Pratt added more runs when Lundgren scored on a groundout by Brenda Novelo and Neumann scored on an RBI single by Corrin Cook.
Pratt matched its one-run third inning with one more in the seventh. In the third, Pratt scored on an RBI single by Novelo, plating Neumann.
The game was never in doubt after the third, as Hutchinson scored five runs on an RBI double by Paige McFarland, an error, a sacrifice fly by Christie Bell, and two singles.
Hutchinson pushed across one run in both the fifth inning and the sixth. In the fifth, Hutchinson scored on an RBI single by Bell, bringing home Vicki Landwehr.