Cards are red hot going into regionalsPlum City may very well be the No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 4 regional tournament bracket that includes all of Pierce County’s Dunn-St. Croix teams, along with Pepin and Prairie Farm.
By: Sean Scallon, Pierce County Herald
Plum City may very well be the No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 4 regional tournament bracket that includes all of Pierce County’s Dunn-St. Croix teams, along with Pepin and Prairie Farm.
After all, a No.1 seed should be given to a team’s overall body of work.
But, no team in the regional is hotter right now than Spring Valley.
The Cardinals won their third straight game and their fifth in their last six contest after winning twice last week over Pepin and Glenwood City.
Meanwhile, Plum City struggled last week, losing two out of three while Elmwood was beaten badly in both their contests last week.
Our team is red hot
Spring Valley won at Pepin in a wild 15-12 contest back on May 18.
The Cardinals plated five runs in the top of the fifth inning to go in front 15-4 and survived late Laker rallies until the final out was obtained.
Derek Biggs was the winning pitcher and Dustin Bune got the save. Bune only gave up three earned runs and just one walk in two and half innings.
Braden Johnson was the Valley player with the hot bat against the Lakers. He was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Bune was on fire from the plate as well, was 3-for-5 with seven RBIs, three of them coming on a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
SV’s Mike Johnson and Russell Hauge both had two hits with Hauge hitting a double and driving in a run. Ted Anderson and Mike Johnson both scored three runs while four other players scored twice.
Joe Marcks, Shaughn Meixner and Travis Heit combined for 10 of Pepin’s 13 hits. Marcks hit a three-run triple in the first and hit a double. Valley also overcame 10 walks.
Bune got the win at Glenwood City Friday, tossing a three-hitter. The Cards broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh plating four runs coming off a two-RBI single from Mike Johnson and a two-RBI double by Russell Hauge. Anderson and Johnson both had two hits.
In contrast with Spring Valley, Plum City was the much colder team last week and slippery ice seemed to cover the ball when PC players tried to field it.
They were shutout in six innings by Elk Mound back on May 18 at Legion Park in Plum City. Winning pitcher Dan Hayden struck out 10 with potent curve ball and only gave up one walk.
The game was actually scoreless until the fourth when the D-SC Large Champs scored seven unearned runs on three errors, all with two outs. PC finished with six errors in the game.
The same happened to PC Thursday at home against Pepin. Plum City committed eight errors vs. their rivals and helped the Lakers take a 10-2 lead by the fifth inning. Marcks hit a two-run homer in the fourth.
"One person does it and it seems like it’s a plague going around — everyone catches it," Plum City coach Chase Nelson said to the Red Wing Republican-Eagle.
PC did rally to cut Pepin’s lead to 10-5 in the fifth but came no closer thanks to solid work by Pepin reliever Adam Baader. He came back from a balk and a 3-0 count to a PC batter in the seventh yet struck out two straight batters.
The Devils lone win last week came at home vs. Prairie Farm 14-4 last Tuesday.
PC scored first six runs of the game and built their lead from there Shawn Ingli led Plum City with three hits and four RBIs. Dana Derricks added two hits and three RBIs, while Zach Gilles finished 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI. Josh Ike picked up the win.
Count the days
If Elmwood is counting the days to the season’s end, it’s because of bad home losses from last week, 16-1 to Glenwood City on May 18 and 26-2 to St. Croix Central on Thursday. Shane Meyers had two hits and Dillon Morgan an RBI vs. Glenwood.