Pratt Community College softball returned to Angood Field to host Sterling College JV on April 17. The Beavers battled hard in the double header taking wins in both games.
Game one started as a pitching and defensive duel with neither team conceding a run. The Blue and White broke onto the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Taylor Carey led off the inning with a single to left field. Makaila Martinez bunted Carey to second on the sacrifice. Lindsey Loomis brought Carey home with a single through second to give PCC the 1-0 lead.
Sterling College answered in the top of the sixth. With two outs and a runner on third, Kaitlyn Tawater stepped to the plate and hit the ball over the fence for a two run home run and the lead.
It came down to the bottom of the seventh for the Beavers. Marisa Jonas led off with a line drive single to the shortstop followed by a walk to Carey. After a Sterling College pitching change, Jonas and Carey advanced on a double steal to put Pratt runners at second and third. Martinez tried to end the game with a base hit, but her line drive was caught by the shortstop for the first out in the inning. Loomis followed with a fly ball to left and reached on an error that scored Jonas to tie the game at 2-2. Kaylan Garcia stepped to the plate and popped the ball into foul territory near the right field line. The ball was caught, but deep enough for Carey to tag up at third and score for the 3-2 win.
The bats did not cool of for the Blue and White in game two. PCC stormed out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning that was capped off by a Kassondra Jerome two run home run. Pratt put up a few more runs and held an 8-2 lead after four innings of play. Sterling tried to rally, but the Beaver defense held strong for the 8-2 win.
Kelly Emerine and Ariana Perales commanded from the mound for Pratt combining for seven hits given up and three strike outs in the game. Bailey Bryson led the offensive attack for the Blue and White with two hits, two runs and three RBIs.
PCC softball returns to Angood Field for sophomore day on April 18. The Beavers will host Barton Community College in a double header. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.