Baseball Splits Series With Colby
The Beavers were able to end the weekend with a split series after dropping the first two games on April 5 against Colby.
In game one, too many free bases finally caught up with Pratt and they lost the game resulting from a leadoff walk and a PFP error in extra innings. The Beaver offense out-hit the Trojans, but it was just not enough. BJ Dean led the team with two RBIs that game.
Tyler Huffstickler started the first game on the mound. Huffstickler threw eight innings, and allowed five runs on 10 walks and three hits and struck out five. Jacob Spruill took the loss. The final score was 6-5.
Game two was another close game that the Beavers just couldn’t hold on to. After a big fifth inning when the Beavers cut the lead to 5-4, they gave up two more runs in the sixth on another PFP error. Brandon Horne took the loss pitching five innings allowing seven runs on seven hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. The final score was 7-4.
Two wins on April 6, also against Colby, allowed the Beavers to salvage the series. Sunday’s games started off on a better note as the Beavers jumped on top early in the first game. Once again, the Beavers out hit the Trojans and this time, they were able to get the win.
With the Beavers down by three runs going into the bottom of the seventh inning, it took some late game heroics from the Dean brothers. Skylar had the hit in the seventh to send the game to extra innings and then in the ninth, BJ laced a ball up the middle to walk off with the win.
Evan Payne started on the mound and kept his team in the game through four innings. Creighton Hoover got the call in the middle of the fifth inning and got out of a bases loaded, nobody out situation. Then Cameron Clements took over the rest of the game and snaked the win.
Payne threw four innings, allowed five runs, four walks, and struck out two. Hoover threw one inning, allowed no runs, and didn’t walk anyone. Clements threw four innings, allowed two runs, walked two, and struck out four. Beavers win 8-7.
The final game came down to the wire again in a pitcher’s duel. The Beavers showed some grit in the late innings again when Aaron Berenson sparked a rally in the bottom of the seventh with a base hit to center field. The next batter, Skylar Dean reached first base on a fielder’s choice and would later advance to second on a wild pitch. Alex Orth then entered the game as a pinch hitter and drove Dean in as the tying run on a base hit to left field. Orth advances to second base and Jake Hamerle would then single to left to win the game with another walk off hit.
Corey Mondello was the starting pitcher in game four of the series. Mondello was tough to hit for his four innings of work allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. Brad Honeycutt took over from there and threw three innings of shutout ball to collect his fifth victory of the year. The final score was 3-2.
The Beavers next play on Tuesday, April 8 at Judd Stanion field in Pratt against Tonkawa at 2 p.m.