Pierce County teams pushed back from title contention
Ellsworth and Prescott played against the top teams in the Middle Border Conference last week and those teams handed Pierce County's ballclubs setbacks.
Ellsworth fell to first place Baldwin-Woodville 8-6 and Prescott lost twice last week, 13-3 in five innings to New Richmond and 15-11 to Osceola.
You've got to earn it
All eight of Baldwin-Woodville's runs were unearned as the Panthers committed seven errors in the ballgame.
B-W scored three runs in top of the seventh to win the game Friday at Hager City. All three runs came with two outs. The Blackhawk's Bryce Lunzer hit the game-winning two-RBI single.
There was also a controversial collision call at home plate in the third when a B-W base runner slammed into Ellsworth's catcher and managed to score the run when the Panthers' protests were to no avail.
Taylor Johnson led EHS at the plate with two hits, a double and an RBI while teammate Tyler Regnier was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Dylan DeMotts led B-W with two hits while Luke Trickle hit a triple.
Ellsworth did earn a 5-0 shutout of Somerset back on April 20 at Somerset.
Darren Georgakas struck out seven in a three-hitter. Regnier had two hits, including a double. Caleb Dressen and Bryce Stockwell also had two hits for Ellsworth.
Knocked straight back
After a 6-0 start and No. 6 state ranking, Prescott was knocked back on their heels last week with a pair of conference losses.
First came a 13-3 pounding in five innings at Firehall Field against New Richmond back on April 20.
The Tigers put three runs on the board in the first thanks to a two RBI-triple from Jordan Maxson. Pouring it on at the plate was NR catcher Grant nelson as he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also scored twice himself. The Tigers plated six runs off four hits in the third inning. John Zakowski was the winning pitcher.
PHS scored all three of its runs in the fourth.
Prescott again had trouble with the longball Friday as Osceola battered four pitches over the outfield fence at Okey Field to win 15-11.
Prescott had a 5-2 lead in the third bu the Chieftains scored 10 runs combined in the third and fourth innings to go ahead 12-5 to take a lead they never relinquished. The Cardinals did score six runs in the top of the six with two outs to come within one at 12-11 but came no closer.
Mike Feriancek and Cory Seifert were both 3-for-4 from the plate for Prescott.
The Cards scheduled non-conference game Saturday at Pine Island, Minn. was cancelled.