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Playoff hopes damaged and others hang by a slender thred after last weekend of SCVL

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Pierce County Herald
Playoff hopes damaged and others hang by a slender thred after last weekend of SCVL
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Watch and wait.

That's all there's left to do for members of the Bay City Bombers amateur baseball team as the bids for the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs are handed out Tuesday evening.


BC put their fate in the hands of the selection committee after losing 5-2 Sunday at home to Hudson.

Three unanswered runs scored in the top of the sixth inning may very well keep Bay City on the outside. The Bombers playoff chances weren't helped when River Falls knocked off Plum City Sunday 5-3 to finish 8-7 and nailed down a playoff berth of their own.

Also in for sure are Hudson, North Division champion Menomonie, Prescott and Osceola who, despite finishing with a 7-8 record in league play, is one of the first round playoff host sites whose team receives an automatic bid.

Hudson plated those runs to break a 2-2 tie. Both of Bay City's runs were unearned and both came in the first inning.

Hudson tied the score in the second and plated three runs in the sixth off RBI-singles by Jason Hollar and Jason Bast. The second RBI-single was a tough break for BC as Bomber first baseman Mike Wood made a diving catch of third baseman Bump Ulvenes' throw to first but Wood was unable to get up in time to stretch his foot out to touch first base for the out and two River Rat runs scored in the process.

Winning pitcher Brian Sparstad held Bay City's bats in check all day and reliever Travis Borowicz came on in the eighth inning to get the save. Bay City had just three hits by Ulvenes, Joe Nance and Chuck Block. Ryan Christenson took the loss.

Ellsworth's playoff chances were dealt a big blow earlier in the week as Prescott rallied from a 3-0 deficit to clobber the Hubbers 13-3 Wednesday at Young Field in seven innings.

Brian Johnson's towering two-run homer was part of an eight- run fifth inning that reversed an early Ellsworth lead.

Ellsworth went ahead 1-0 in the first when Nick Bayer scored off of J.P Paulson's RBI-single. The Hubbers took a 3-0 lead in the second when Brent Hove scored off a wild pitch and Chuck Hewitt plated on an sacrifice by Ryan Knutson.

Prescott had all sorts of errors, wild pitches and past balls in the second inning. In the fifth it was Ellsworth's turn plagued by errors. Two of them helped Prescott's scoring run get underway. The Pirates had a two-run double by Alex Ross, a two-run single by Nick Thoen and the two run homer by Johnson. Two other runs were unearned.

The Pirates scored another run in the sixth off an error, one of five Ellsworth errors in the ballgame, and plated four more in the ninth to win by 10 runs in seven innings. Nick Thoen hit and RBI-single and Nick Johnson drove in a run via sacrifice.

Mike Labarbera was the winning pitcher and Mitch Johnson took the loss despite giving up just three earned runs in six innings.

Ellsworth had an up and down last week of the regular season as they walloped Osceola at home Saturday 14-3 but lost to Elmwood on Sunday 10-3, also at Ellsworth.

The Expos' Brent Blegen went 3-for-5 against the Hubbers with a home run and two RBIs. Adam Churchill was a single away from the cycle, also going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer 3-run and four stolen bases. Jed Tiffany went 3-for-4 and Mike Brunner pitched all 9 innings for the Expos to get the win. Despite a 14-4 loss on Friday at Osceola, Elmwood finishes league play with its most wins in several years.

Prescott topped New Richmond Sunday 5-4 at home. Nick Johnson got the win going seven innings and striking out nine batters. Justin Tobias was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Alex Ross and Nick Johnson each had two hits as well. Prescott has a 19-7 overall record.

Plum City couldn't overcome an early 4-1 deficit and lost to River Falls at Legion Park. PC was held to just four hits by winning pitcher Dan Morgan. Cory Breidung, Shaun Miley and Mark Luebker all drove in runs for the Blues.