Top-ranked B-W too much for Ellsworth
BALDWIN - Ellsworth suffered a five-inning doubleheader sweep at the hands of defending Division 2 state champion Baldwin-Woodville Monday in Baldwin.
Abby Klopp threw a five-inning perfect game in Game 1, striking out eight as the top-ranked Blackhawks won 4-0.
"They have all their senior horses back," Panthers' head coach Ryan Casper said. "Against Klopp you just have to change your approach.
We tried a couple things against her in terms of swings. Make contact and make their defense play. See as many pitches as you can."
Serena Hoisington was solid for Ellsworth in the pitcher's circle, going four innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk. She struck out five.
"Serena pitched very well herself against that squad," Casper said. "For her, it's just a confidence thing. Just have to keep her throwing the way she's been throwing and we'll be fine."
In Game 2, B-W pounded out 12 hits and the Panthers made three errors in an 8-0 loss.
Klopp picked up the win again in the second game but Ellsworth had four hits against her in three innings and eight hits total in the loss.
"We were making contact but she's tough," Casper said of Klopp. "Once we got to that second game, we had a little more success against her but not in that first one."
Aubrey Langer went 2-for-2 to lead the Panthers (2-2, 2-2 Middle Border).
Katie Thompson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Blackhawks. Hannah Borgeson and Jordan Traxler hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning. Borgeson was 1-for-3 and Traxler finished 2-for-3.
Ellsworth faces New Richmond on the road Tuesday.