Area baseball: Panthers win 4-2
Ellsworth 4, Osceola 2
BAY CITY -- The Panthers won their second game in a row to improve to 2-1.
In the decisive second inning, Ellsworth opened with back-to-back singles and loaded the bases with one out. One Osceola error and two walks later, the Panthers had a early 3-0 lead. They tacked on a run in the fourth and allowed two runs in the sixth to get the final outcome.
Elliot Jensen started and pitched four shutout innings to collect the win. He gave up two hits, struck out two and walked one.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday at Prescott.
Plum City 8, Eau Claire 7, 10 innings
PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils rallied in extra innings to tally their first win of the season.
After squandering a four-run lead in the seventh inning, Plum City scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th to answer Eau Claire's one run in the top half of the 10th.
After back-to-back singles by Shawn Ingli and Adam Churchill, Kevin Anderson came up with a clutch RBI single to tie the game and put runners on first and third with no outs. Blue Devils coach Mark Luebker had Anderson take off for second on the next pitch, and the move forced pitcher Tom Albrecht to balk, allowing Churchill to come home for the winning run.
Churchill, who finished 3-for-4 at the plate, won for the Blue Devils. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with four walks and a strikeout in three innings.
Chris Biederman was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, a home run and two RBI.
Plum City, 1-2 overall, plays Monday at Elmwood.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6, Triton 1
ZUMBROTA -- The Cougars allowed the first run, but scored the next six to improve to 3-0 overall.
A.J. Yusten was sharp in a complete-game victory. He scattered three hits, walked three and struckout seven. Triton's first-inning run was unearned.
Jake Shirley and Preston Bennett led Z-M's offensive attack with two hits apiece.
The Cougars look to improve their undefeated record Tuesday at Hayfield.
Stewartville 3, Kenyon-Wanamingo 2
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. -- The excitement over the Knights' opening game was overshadowed by the one-run loss to Stewartville.
K-W scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at one, but the Tigers scored a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
"Our pitchers battled," Knights coach Randy Hockinson said. "It's unfortunate that the walks came back to hurt us."
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Adam Langer walked two hitters to start the trouble. After a fielder's choice left two men on with two outs, Hockinson called for an intentional walk to load the bases. On an 0-and-2 count, Langer's pitch was cracked for a game-winning single.
Jared Peterson and Langer tallied two hits apiece for the Knights, who fall to 0-1.
Lewiston-Altura 8, Goodhue 3
GOODHUE -- The Wildcats allowed all eight runs in the first four innings and couldn't recover in its first loss.
Lewiston-Altura racked up the eight runs (six earned) on seven hits, also taking advantage of two Goodhue errors.
In a strange Friday the 13th coincidence, Wildcat pitchers Tim Ryan, Eric Ryan and Micah Huneke faced a combined 39 hitters, or 13 apiece.
Tim Ryan took the loss, facing 13 hitters in 1 2/3 innings, while Eric Ryan faced 13 hitters in two innings and Huneke 13 hitters in 3 1/3 innings.
Justin Kronebusch started and collected the victory for L-A, allowing two earned runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in three innings.
Goodhue, who falls to 2-1 and to 1-1 in the Three Rivers, play Monday at Caledonia.