SCVL Round-up: Hubber bats push them into first place
Ellsworth showed it could have one of the best hitting line-ups in the St. Croix Valley League this past weekend, one in which they won two SCVL games to vault them into first place.
There was nowhere for Prescott's pitchers to hide at Young Field in Ellsworth as the Hubbers belted six home runs in a 17-6 win in seven innings Friday, their first home game of the season.
Both the Hubbers Scott DeWyre and J.P. Paulson hit two home runs with Paulson belting a grand slam in the sixth. He had five RBIs. DeWyre was a perfect 3-for-3, hitting an RBI-double in the first inning.
Paulson and DeWyre hit back-to-back homers in the second and then in the fourth inning DeWyre, Cody Holden and Lance Hove all home runs right in a row. Prescott used three pitchers in the game yet to no avail.
Holden was the winning pitcher and he held the Pirates to just two hits after the first inning. Ellsworth also played great defense as centerfielder Nate Hove caught the final out backhanded right at the outfield fence.
Nick Johnson led Prescott with two hits, including a homer. Both he and teammate Brady Randolph scored twice. Holden and De Wyre scored three times.
The next night Ellsworth crushed Hager City by a 12-2 score, also at home.
It wasn't a good weekend for the Skeeters as they fell not only to Ellsworth but Elmwood 11-1 Friday at Hager City. Dylan DeMotts went seven strong innings for the Expos only allowing a total of three hits, with no earned runs allowed. Boomer Keys went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs for the Expos.
It also wasn't a good weekend for Prescott as they lost Sunday at Plum City 7-4. Randolph lead off the game with a home run and Prescott added another run to take a 2-0 lead. But the Blues responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-single from Zach Watkins and a two-run double by Tony Garner. Winning pitcher Chase Nelson settled in in the 4th inning and retired 19 of the final 21 batters. Randolph had two hits for Prescott while Johnson and Jim French both drove in runs.
PC would be in first place in the South Division but the Blues lost a close 1-0 contest at home on a wet Saturday afternoon at Legion Park. Matt Hoeft tossed a one-hitter for the Eagles, who were led at the plate by Mickey Boyles two hits and Andy Lorenzen's RBI-single.
Bay City also lost to Menomonie 9-3 Friday at Wakanda Park. Steve Bowe led the Bombers with three hits, including a double. But BC did beat Elmwood Sunday at Elmwood 8-5. Shane Strain was the winning pitcher and Cole Kuesel got the save. Justin Lance hit a grand slam for bay City and teammate Jordan Eggenberger had two hits while Hayden Flack scored four times for BC. Eric Konsela had three hits for the Expos.
Elmwood also lost last weekend to St. Croix Falls Saturday on the road. Adam Churchill pitched six solid innings for the Expos, only allowing two earned runs as the Expos led 4 - 2 heading into the 7th. After two lead off walks in the 7th inning, the Bandits scored twice to tie the game and eventually take a 6 - 4 lead in the 8th. Churchill also had a hit and drove in a run. Derrick Bechel hit an RBI-single for Elmwood. Michael VanderPlas led the Bandits with two hits and two RBIs.