Sixth inning runs put Prescott in WBA title game
RIVER FALLS - After a mostly frustrating day at the plate, the Prescott Pirates needed just one inning to turn their frustrations into fortune.
The Pirates scored all five of their runs in the sixth inning and defeated Chaseburg-Coon Valley 5-1 in the semifinals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament late Saturday afternoon at First National Bank Park.
Prescott will take on the LaCrescent, Minn. Cardinals in the state championship game starting at noon today. The Cardinals dethroned defending champion Brill 8-4 Saturday evening in the other semifinal game.
In the quarterfinals earlier in the day, Brill edged Whittelsey 4-3 and La Crscent defeated the Haugen Knights 5-1.
With two outs, an error on a throw to first base allowed Prescott's Alex Ross to score, tying the game at 1-1. Then Jim French hit an RBI-double which was then followed by a three-run homer into rightfield by Travis Nubeck.
"Alex's run relaxed everyone," Prescott manager Brady Randolph said. "Once was the game was tied we could get the hits we needed. And we hit the ball hard all day, but they did a good job fielding in the infield and outfield."
The lack of offense didn't hurt Prescott in the field. C-CV's lone run was unearned and came on an error in the third inning. Winning pitcher Mark Moriarity tossed a six-hitter with three strikeouts. None of the Blues' hits were for extra bases.
"We have good athletes at every position who can cover a lot of ground, jump and are able to move fast to make defensive plays." Randolph said.
Both Ross and teammate jared Powell had two hits.