High scoring offenses clashed on Stanion field when Pratt Community College baseball and Cloud County Community College battled in a four game series on March 24 and 25. The long ball became a blessing and a curse as the Beavers fall in the series 0-4.
Game one was a tightly contested game. Cloud scored a run in the first inning. The Blue and White tried to rally behind the hitting of Trace Maddux who had a pair of hits. PCC just could not bring runners home leaving six stranded on the base path. A late game rally by Cloud extended the lead as Pratt falls 0-5.
The Beavers found their offense in game two of the series. Cloud got out to an early lead in the third inning, but PCC countered with two runs to close the gap and trailing 2-5 by the end of the inning. Cloud scored runs in the fourth and sixth innings. The Blue and White scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth trailing Cloud 5-7 and bringing the deficit back to two runs.
Down 6-12, Pratt rallied in the bottom of the eight. Ben Van Diest led the inning off with a home run for the Beavers. Claytin Beaver followed the home run with a double, and after an out, was brought home thanks to a single to center field by Darian Aldridge. The Beavers continued their rally to put across five runs in the inning. Cloud responded with an explosive offense in the top of the ninth. PCC falls in game 2, 13-21.
The long ball dominated the offense for the Beavers in the third game of the series. Anthony Romer had a three run blast over the left field fence in the fourth inning and Beaver hit one out near the scoreboard the next inning. Cloud once again came through with a late game rally in the top of the seventh. PCC drops a heartbreaker 7-9.
After falling behind 0-4 in the first inning of game 4, the Blue and White rallied behind a five run fourth inning to take the lead. Trevor Wetzel walked to lead off the inning. He was brought home from third on a Daniel Johnson single to left field. Reece Garvie, Michael Davis, and Beaver all had base hits in the inning to bring runners home. At the end of the inning, the Beavers led Cloud 8-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Romer hit a double to bring in two runs. This was followed by Garvie hitting a monster home run over the right field fence. Cloud responded with a rally of their own in the eighth to tie the game at 12. A two run ninth gave Cloud the edge they needed in game four. The Blue and White get edged out 12-14.
PCC baseball hits the road on April 1 and 2. They will face Butler Community College in a four game series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on both days.