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Cardinals fall to 4-4 with doubleheader loss to Pratt

HOISINGTON— The Hoisington Cardinal baseball team lost 15-2 to the Pratt Greenbacks in the first of two games at Hoisington on Friday.

Pratt grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning scoring three runs on an RBI double by Brandon Ruckle.

Jacob Kruz recorded the win pitching a complete game for Pratt. Kruz allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings striking out eight Cardinal batters and walking none.

Justin Umphrey was charged with the loss for Hoisington.  He allowed ten runs in four innings and walked five Pratt batters. Collin Schlochtermeier came in to relieve Umphrey throwing three innings giving up six runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Pratt took the lead in the first inning scoring three runs off Ruckle’s double and a two-run triple by Sean Noel. Pratt added four more runs in the top of the second. Hoisington scored one run in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Lang.

One run in the bottom of the sixth helped the Cardinals close their deficit to 10-2. Pratt answered with five runs in the top of the seventh while holding the Cardinals scoreless.

Hoisington recorded six hits in the game. Hunter Hanzlick, Hunter Ingham and Jacob Warnken all recorded singles. Brad Reif singled in the second and sixth innings while Umphrey doubled in the second.

Hoisington racked up eight hits in game two but it was not enough as Pratt downed the home team Cardinals 11-5.

After a three up-three down inning by both teams to start the game, Pratt never relinquished the lead after scoring seven runs in the second. Crites doubled in the second and scored on a Pratt error in the field.

Pratt added one more run in the fifth and sixth innings and two runs in the seventh. Four runs in the bottom of the sixth pulled the Cardinals within four. An RBI double by Kyle Lang, a sacrifice fly by Kody Lang, a fielder’s choice, singles by Reif and Umphrey, and an RBI triple by Warnken fueled the Cardinal rally.

Seth Simmons got the win for Pratt allowing five runs on the complete game.  He struck out four, walked none and gave up eight hits.

Hunter Hanzlick ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision shouldering the loss while yielding eight hits. Kody Lang pitched one and one-third innings allowing three runs,walking three and striking out one while giving up no hits. Braedan Crites finished on the mound recording the final two outs of the game for Pratt.