BY JIM MISUNAS
PRATT – Larned’s Legion baseball team accomplished a feat by sweeping the Pratt 86ers 5-2 and 6-2. Central Kansas League champion Pratt swept Larned during the high school baseball season.
LARNED 5, PRATT 2 (G1) – Larned scored three unearned runs to ease to a first-game victory. Reliever Dillan Smith worked four innings with six strikeouts to earn the victory.
Pratt’s Barrett Bolen scored on Fernando Fernandez’s first-inning groundout for a 1-0 lead. Larned’s Logan Erway singled home Ian Orth for a 1-1 tie after two innings.
Pratt gift wrapped Larned’s game-winning fourth-inning relay with three walks and two errors. Dillan Smith, Gavin Alvarez and Sanders all scored on Pratt errors for a 4-1 lead.
Jacob Grosfield doubled home Mello Bryant in the seventh inning. Bolen scored on Koda Dipman’s seventh-inning groundout for a 5-2 final.
LARNED 6, PRATT 2 (G2) – Larned reliever Owen Reece worked three shutout innings after starter Kaden Pontius pitched four innings.
Pratt led 2-0 when Fernando Fernandez scored on an error and Grant Younie scored on a wild pitch.
Larned scored three second-inning runs and three third-inning runs. Eian Sanders and Carlos Ibarra scored on wild pitches. Erway singled home Ian Orth.
Dillan Smith scored on a steal after his single scored Jacob Grosfield and Kaden Pontius for a 6-2 lead.
Larned 001 300 1 – 5 6 2
Pratt 100 000 1 – 2 5 5
Bryant, Dillan Smith (4) and Shaver. W—Smith, 2-0. 2B—L—Grosfield
Larned 033 000 0 – 6 5 1
Pratt 200 000 0 – 2 2 2
Kaden Pontius, Owen Reece (5) and Shaver. W—Pontius, 1-0. 2B—L—Grosfield, Sanders.