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After coming off a tough sweep at Hutch, Pratt Community College baseball turned to red shirt freshman Kane McCarthy to turn things around on Tuesday versus Garden City.
McCarthy would continue to play his hot hand going 5.0 innings pitched striking out two, walking one, and allowing only two runs. His masterful pitching gave the Beavers exactly what they needed to be successful. McCarthy would allow the Beaver offense to get things going.
Freshman right fielder Julio Ibarra of Venezuela rocketed a double off the left-centerfield fence. He would go two for two on the game with a double and an RBI.
Ibarra wouldn’t be the only Beaver to find his stroke. Sophomore short stop Nick Griffin “Griffy” went two for three with two runs. Co-captain and local athletic star, center fielder Skylar Dean “Squag” would go one for three with two runs and two diving catches to save multiple runs. However the offense was powered by freshman third baseman Glenn DesBouillons “Desi” going one for one with three RBIs; his first of his collegiate career.
Following McCarthy’s stellar performance on the mound, freshman closer Craig Smith came in for the two inning save allowing zero walks, zero hits and striking out three. Beavers win 6-2.
In game two, Beavers turned to freshman Jon Mackey to keep the momentum. Mackey would go 1 1/3 innings allowing two runs on two hits. Following Mackey would be freshman left hander Dwight Rahming of Bahamas who would go 1 2/3 innings walking two and allowing four hits
Once again, it was the Beaver offense that came alive. Ibarra again opened things with a solo home run to deep left center field. He would go three for four with a home run, three runs and three RBIs. Co-captain second baseman Jacob Hamerle went two for four with one run, one RBI, and two walks. But just like game one, the offense was fueled by Desi. Desi would go two for five with one run and three RBIs.
Hayden Brauser would come in for two innings of solid relief for the win. The Beavers would turn to Smith to shut the door on the game, going one inning with zero hits and zero walks. Beavers win 17-13.
Offensive MVP: Desi 3/6 2 runs 6 RBI
Pitching MVP: McCarthy 5.0 IP 5 Hits 2 Runs 1 Walk 2 Strikeouts
Beavers will host Brown Mackie on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m.