Pratt, KS- The Lakers played a double header against the Beavers from Pratt Community College in a non-conference affair. Iowa Lakes fell short in both games losing game one 7-6 after a walk off double and losing game two 2-1.
The Lakers were the first team on the scoreboard after Spenser Larson reached on an error by the shortstop, stole second, and later scored after another error committed by the shortstop from Pratt. Drew Grubb pitched for the Lakers and held the Beavers scoreless until the bottom of the second inning where two runs were plated off two errors from the catcher and shortstop. Iowa Lakes quickly answered back to tie up the game at 2 in the top of the third inning when Larson roped a double to right center and later scored after a dropped fly ball from the right-fielder. They kept their foot on the gas pedal and scored two more runs in the fourth after Marcus Wohl hit a single to left field and later advanced all the way to third after a failed pickoff attempt by the Beavers. Marcus was driven in later by BJ Johnson when he hit a single up the middle. Johnson began to steal second and advance to third after a ball in the dirt, leading him to score after a Chad Hinkle groundout. In the fifth, Mikey Adams lead off the inning with a base hit to left center and then stole second base and was advanced to third after a single to left field by Jordan Deadwyler. Ashtin Moxey was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Lakers. Bo Lovdahl was able to drive Adams in after a hard hit single to the left fielder. Wohl continued with another RBI Single t the left fielder giving the Lakes a 6-2 lead. The Beavers had a small spark in the bottom of the sixth inning against Grubb. Grubb gave up back to back doubles to start the inning and then next batter was able to record a sacrifice fly after the runner advanced to third on a passed ball. This cut the Lakers lead from 6-2 to 6-4. Grubb went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 3 walks before he was pulled and relieved by Zach Meyer. Meyer faced one hitter and gave up a single before head coach Joey Pavlovich went to his closer Joe Fitka. Fitka struck out his first batter, but the batter reached base after an attempted blocked ball went half way up the third base line allowing him to reach safely at first base. The runner on first stole second and Fitka was able to retire the next hitter with an off the end bat doinker back to the mound for the first out. Fitka intentionally walked Pratt's three-hole hitter and had a big strikeout with the bases loaded to give them two outs. The next hitter smashed a first pitch curveball down the third base line for a base clearing 3 RBI walk off double. The Lakers fell to the Beavers 7-6.
Game 2 was a pitcher duel from start to finish. The Lakers started the game off with a Johnson driving a single up the middle, stealing second base, and scoring after an error by the first baseman. Johnson was the lone run for the Lakers in this game. Mitchell Sparks threw an 8-inning complete game for the Lakers allowing 2 runs. One run came in the bottom of the first inning after a single and a stolen base by the Beavers. He was driven in the very next pitch on a triple to the left center gap. The game was all knotted up with both teams making great defensive plays and pitching well. The second and winning run for the Beavers came in the fifth inning after a lead-off double to left and an RBI single to right field. The Lakers were unable to get anything going offensively for the rest of the game giving themselves their third loss on the season.
The Lakers fall to 3-3 on the year and continue to play Pratt Community College on Sunday March 5th in a doubleheader beginning at 12 pm.