HAGER CITY - Steve Block said the most important thing the Ellsworth High School baseball team had to learn last week was how to win after the big win.
After the Panthers scored a big win over Somerset last Tuesday, they followed up with a win at Baldwin-Woodville Friday 10-5.
"I like the depth we have in pitching and that will make us okay in this situations," Block, the Panthers head coach, said. "Most important is the maturity of the kids on this team and how they've grown up a lot from last year."
The pair of wins keeps EHS on top of the Middle Border Conference and puts them in the state rankings at No. 9 as they've won seven straight since an opening day loss to River Falls.
The Panthers made the clutch hits and key catches on defense to edge Somerset 3-2 and the Brown Sports Complex.
Down 2-0, the Panthers came back with an RBI-single from Tyler Regnier in the third inning and a two RBI-triple by Tanner Eggenberger off a perfect fastball to go ahead in the fourth inning.
"The kids don't get down on themselves," Block said. "That's a big difference from last season. That confidence carries through from their work habits right through the games."
Eggenberger also made several key defensive plays, including setting up a double play and catching two high ball flyouts for key outs, one coming on a foul ball in the seventh inning.
"Coach always tells us to be ready for the next pitch," Eggenberger said. "I was focused on making those plays."
Winning pitcher Brady Schroeder tossed a four-hitter with zero walks and six strikeouts.
Although Block was firm in his belief that Panthers did not play very well against Baldwin-Woodville, nevertheless Ellsworth was still able to get a 10-5 victory at Baldwin.
The Panthers used a three-run third inning and a four-run fourth to pull away from B-W.
Panther Pitcher Tim Green threw two innings of relief to hold Ellsworth's lead at five. Eggenberger went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Taylor Johnson went 3-for-3 at the plate.