February 29, 2024

Blues off and running in Pratt


Pratt, Ks-(westernkansasnews)-Mother nature actually helped Finney County on Thursday night. The skies opened up in the 6th just in time for the Blues to claim a 5-1 win over Lyons on the opening day of the Pratt tournament. 

Lyle Befort’s team getting the scoring started early; plating two in the first on Ivan Gutierrez’s two-run triple. 

“We started off really good, hitting their guy pretty hard,” Befort said. “Then all of the sudden we got anxious at the plate; we can’t afford to do that.”

The party would continue in the 2nd when Robert Tomlin, who was a menace on the base paths–swiping two bags in the game, delivered an RBI single right up the middle to give the Blues a 3-0 lead. Finney would tack on two more in the inning. 

Blues starter Ivan Rodriguez was dominant-striking out two and allowing just two hits in five innings of work. 

“I felt I wasn’t on, but I kept the ball down,” Rodriguez said. “I got ground ball outs, which are always a pitcher’s best friend.”

Next up for Finney County: 1 pm Saturday vs. Pratt


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