Cardinals conquer MBC with sweep of week’s gamesIn the storied history of the Prescott High School baseball program, there’s one thing the Cardinals have not had in all those years. Seven pitchers, all with victories.
By: Sean Scallon, Pierce County Herald
In the storied history of the Prescott High School baseball program, there’s one thing the Cardinals have not had in all those years.
Seven pitchers, all with victories.
The Cardinals’ pitching depth helped the team achieve something else PHS had not yet won, an outright Middle Border Conference title, which did last week with wins over Baldwin-Woodville and Durand.
“If there’s one thing you can point to this season it’s good pitching,” PHS head coach Jeff Ryan said. “We’ve had seven kids step up for us and be able to get outs. You have to credit (assistant coach) Brad Matzek for developing our pitching staff.”
Garrett Choate is a good example of such rising amongst Cardinal pitchers. The junior in his first varsity season threw eighth innings against Baldwin-Woodville back on May 18 at Baldwin, throwing a three-hitter. He retired 13 Blackhawk batters in a row.
Feriancek tossed a seven hitter and held Durand to just two earned runs in Prescott’s victory at Durand Thursday. He survived a two-run homer hit by the Panthers’ Casey Sanders in the first inning.
Other pitchers with wins are Tim Harris, Jake Olson, Dan Payne, Tyler Keiper, Mike Lytle and Zach Charette. Ryan hopes such depth proves beneficial when the playoffs begins this week. The Cardinals host rival Ellsworth on Friday.
“All of them are good getting outs,” Ryan said. “When you need someone to pitch one or two innings in a playoff game to get outs, I think our kids are going to do the job they’ve done for us all season.”
Prescott outlasted B-W in eight innings. Feriancek used aggressive base running to turn a single into a double in the eighth and Cory Seifert hit a double to bring him home.
Seifert’s bat was just as hot against Durand as he was 3-for-4 with a double. Jack Stangl was also 3-for-4 while Olson had two hits, including a double, Charette had two hits and Harris drove in three runs.