Baseball Puts up Big Offensive Numbers, Take Series From Pratt at Home

Baseball Puts up Big Offensive Numbers, Take Series From Pratt at Home

EL DORADO, KAN. – Butler baseball secured a series win over the Pratt Beavers on Saturday afternoon at McDonald Stadium.

Butler (26-16, 15-5 KJCCC) put up double digit runs in both games, winning 18-8 in six innings over the Beavers (18-27, 5-19) in game one and 16-7 in nine innings in game two.

The Grizzlies will travel to Coffeyville Tuesday for a non-conference midweek matchup at 3 p.m.

Game 1: Butler 18, Pratt 8 (6 inn.)

Butler plated six runs in two different innings to get the 18-8 win. Pratt actually outhit Butler 10-9 but the Grizzlies were aided by nine walks and timely hitting.

Pratt took a 1-0 lead in the first as Gavin Djurovic hit a home run to center field. It was the last lead they had in the game as Butler led 8-1 after two innings.

In the bottom of the second Butler hit three home runs. Justin Hudson got it started with a two-run shot to left and Taber Stokes made it back-to-back with a solo shot to left. Two batters later Charlie Marcantel lifted one over the center field wall, driving in two runs to make it 8-1.

Hudson hit two homers as he later hit a grand slam in the fifth giving the grizzlies a 12-4 lead. He finished 2-3 with seven RBI and two walks. Marcantel was 2-4 with two RBI while Stokes and Jaron Brown each drove in three runs.

Bradyn McClure (W, 4-4) picked up the win on the mound for Butler making his seventh start of the season. He threw 5.0 innings allowing four runs on six hits, striking out three and walking one. Jeremy Bingesser threw a scoreless sixth inning striking out two.

Breon Horne got a pinch hit and ended the game early with an RBI single off the center field wall making it 18-8 in the sixth.

Pratt starter Cayden Brown (L, 2-5) allowed 10 runs in 4.1 innings. The Beavers were led by Djurovic's three hits and four RBI.

Game 2: Butler 16, Pratt 7

The Grizzlies produced 16 runs on 14 hits in game two, winning by nine in nine innings.

Justin Hudson had another strong game at the plate finishing 3-5 with four RBI with two doubles and another home run.

Butler led 9-1 after the fourth and plated six in the fifth, jumping out to a 15-1 advantage.

Starting pitcher Caden Hinther (W, 2-2) registered his best performance of the season throwing 5.0 innings allowing a lone run on three hits, striking out four. Austin Bagnall tossed the final 2.0 innings without allowing a run, striking out three.

Anibal Rivera had an impressive game finishing 3-3 with four RBI and four runs scored including his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run blast.

Micah Kobuszewski, Frank Garcia and CJ Reid each tallied two hits.

Pratt starting pitcher Carson Padgett (L, 3-6) suffered the loss allowing seven runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings of work.


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