Ugly softball leads to ugly week for Prescott
Maybe it was the weather. The playing conditions certainly weren't ideal for softball for much of last week. teams had to play through bone-chilling winds, wet fields and temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Perhaps all this put a damper on Prescott play, because something has to account for all the errors the Cardinals committed in two losses, 12-5 at Osceola back on April 18 and 8-1 at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday.
Meanwhile Ellsworth still sits in second place in the Middle Border Conference. While the Panthers too lost to Baldwin-Woodville last week, they bounced back with a win against New Richmond.
Comedy of errors
PHS suffered a nightmarish defeat vs. Osceola. The Cardinals committed eight fielding errors, negating the 10 hits they had in the ballgame.
Alyssa Krings, Mary Kate Pryor and Shelby Anderson all had two hits for the Cards with Pryor hitting a double and driving in two runs.
The situation repeated itself at Baldwin. Only one of the Blackhawks' runs was earned and on top of that PHS was tagged for 11 hits while the Cardinals had just four.
Krings scored Prescott's only run of the game and had a hit. Shelby Anderson held Krings score with her sacrifice RBI.
B-W, 7-0 overall, had five players with two hits. Shelby Weiske was one of them. She led the 'Hawks with four RBIs.
Brushed it off
Ellsworth brushed off a tough 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks by whipping New Richmond at home Thursday. The game was moved to Summit Park given wet conditions at the field behind Ellsworth Middle School.
The Panthers had the pounce on the Tigers, leading 5-1 after two innings. Ellsworth scored another two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth.
Ellsworth had best output on offense of the season so far with 14 hits. Becca Chollett and Kayla Christopherson each had three hits and Mariah Diercks had two hits. Chollett and Christopherson plated three times and Diercks came home twice. Diercks led the team with two RBIs while Chollett hit a double and Christopherson a triple. Winning pitcher Halle Hatch threw a five-hitter.
Baldwin-Woodville's Paige Weiske hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first which snapped EHS' shutout streak at three games and 21 innings back on April 18 at Ellsworth.
"Give Halle (Hatch) credit; she adjusted after that," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said to the Red Wing Republican-Eagle. "She pitched a great game."
Hatch pitched all seven and allowed five hits. All the runs were earned and she didn't strike out a batter. But B-W did hit three doubles in the ballgame.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ellsworth plated a run and loaded the bases with one out but didn't plate a run due to a base running error.