(Update) Highway 10 rivalry renews itself on diamond this afternoonThe spring version of the Highway 10 rivalry take places this afternoon in Prescott as Ellsworth and Prescott High Schools square off on the baseball and softball diamonds. (The softball game was postponed due to poor field conditions but baseball is still on)
The spring version of the Highway 10 rivalry take places this afternoon in Prescott as Ellsworth and Prescott High Schools square off on the baseball and softball diamonds.
The baseball contest was moved from Brown Field in Hager City to Firehall Field in Prescott in a switch due to field conditions. Prescott will play down in Hager City on May 19.
Both contests are important in the Middle Border Conference standings. In softball, Ellsworth is just a game back of first place Baldwin-Woodville at 4-1 while Prescott is right behind them at 3-2. The baseball standings have PHS tied for first with Somerset at 4-1 while Ellsworth is looking to get back in the league race at 2-3.
Prescott head coach Jeff Ryan says his team's defense has helped Cardinals get off to a 5-1 start.
"Our pitching hasn't been as good as we would have liked it to have been so far but our defense has been outstanding," Ryan said. "As players who in many cases are a year older they've picked up the basic concepts very well to the point where we don't have to waste time re-teaching things. Now they can learn the nuances of the game which will give them an edge. The same is true at the plate as well. We've hit the ball very well."
Prescott has four players hitting over .300 in Billy Brookshaw, Bryan Early, Logan Johnson and Derrick Munsen.
For PHS to continue to be on top Ryan says the Cardinals' pitching has to come around in a Middle Border Conference fill with good ones, especially this afternoon as Prescott will take on Ellsworth's Brady Schroeder. In the Cards' only loss this season, Division I-bound pitcher Jared Dettman shut down Prescott's bat and Schroder has the potential to do so as well."
"He's one of the best in a league filled with good pitchers," Ryan said. "We can't afford to fall behind when it comes to pitching. That's what has to pick as we approach the month of May."
Ellsworth has quality pitching when it comes to softball, as Halle Hatch has led the Panthers to a 4-1 record.
Also on Pierce County diamonds this afternoon, Elmwood's softball team hopes to get its first Dunn-St. Croix win before the end of the month as they travel to Elk Mound for a league contest. In baseball, the county's three D-SC teams all have non-league games as Spring Valley is at Osseo-Fairchild, Prairie Farm is at Elmwood and Plum City plays Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran in Eau Claire.
Dunn-St. Croix Small Division Baseball Stats
HITTING: (at least 14 at bats): Derek Biggs, Spring Valley .525 batting average (two home runs); Willy Elliott, Spring Valley, .455; Brian Tolonen, Elmwood, .424; Braden Johnson, Spring Valley, .424; Logan Wolf, Elmwood, .400
RBIs: Jake Munkewitz, Glenwood City, 7; Bryce Unser, Elmwood, 7; Derek Biggs, Spring Valley, 5; Troy Rudesill, Spring Valley 5; Matt Hurtgen, Glenwood City, 4; Gabe Verges, Spring Valley, 4
PITCHING: (at least 10 innings pitched) Zach Newton, Spring Valley, 1.80 ERA; Matt Hurtgen, Glenwood City, 3.04 ERA; Andy Bune, Spring Valley, 4.20; Logan Wolf, Elmwood, 5.15 ERA; Tanner Hoyt, Elmwood, 7.70 ERA
STRIKEOUTS: Matt Hurtgen, Glenwood City, 29; Logan Wolf, Elmwood, 24; Andy Bune, Spring Valley 13; Derek Biggs, Spring Valley, 13; Jake Munkewitz, Glenwood City 11.