Baseball Splits With Butler

23 April 2014

With the Butler County Grizzlies in town, the Pratt Beavers needed to take a couple of wins in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. After dropping a close game in the opener 2-1, the Beavers bounced back and won the second game 7-1.

Aaron Berenson had two hits and Skylar Dean had two hits and the lone RBI for Pratt in the 2-1 loss. Tyler Huffstickler took the loss allowing two runs in six innings while walking five hitters and he struck out three.

In the second game of the series, Berenson led the offense again going 2-4 with two doubles. Justin Crouch and Trey Trahan also had multiple hits. Cameron Clements got his first conference start of the year and earned the win. Clements threw 6.2 innings allowed only two hits, walked four, and struck out six. Creighton Hoover finished the sixth inning getting a strike out, and then turned the ball over Brad Honeycutt who finished the game.

On the second day of the series, despite out-hitting Butler, two costly errors combined with five walks led to PCC losing 6-4. Crouch was 2-4 with two RBIs. Both of his hits were for extra bases including a double and a triple. BJ Dean and Trahan also had two hits in the game. Evan Payne was the starter in this contest and was handed the loss allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings of work. Hoover and Clayton Blanks also appeared in the game.

The final game of the series was all Pratt as the Beavers scored two runs in the first inning, five in the fourth, added another in the fifth, and two more in the seventh inning. Crouch was 4-5 including a double and two RBIs. Trahan and Berenson also had multiple hits. Corey Mondello collected the win pitching five innings surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks. Jacob Spruill then entered the game and threw three scoreless innings. Brandon Horne would finish the game to finish the series. The final score was 10-3 Beavers.