New Richmond tops Ellsworth, Prescott wins in baseballWhatever chance Ellsworth had to repeat as Middle Border Conference champions ended Friday in New Richmond as they beaten 10-1 by the first place Tigers. Prescott kept pace with New Richmond by wiping out Baldwin-Woodville 11-1.
Whatever chance Ellsworth had to repeat as Middle Border Conference champions ended Friday in New Richmond as they beaten 10-1 by the first place Tigers. Prescott kept pace with New Richmond by wiping out Baldwin-Woodville 11-1.
NR's Dan Berger ended the contest with a home run in the fifth inning to help the Tigers reach the 10-run rule. It was his second hit of the day and starting pitcher Bryan Flanagan held visiting Ellsworth to just four hits Friday and struck out seven.
Brady Schroeder provided the lone bright spot for the Panthers with a 2-for-2 day at the plate and an RBI. He was the only Panthers batter with multiple hits.
Ellsworth came out strong with its single run coming in the first inning, but things quickly got out of hand in the second inning.
A few walks and a couple extra-base hits did the damage in the second frame, and Ellsworth couldn't find a way to climb back in the game against the flawless Flanagan.
Ellsworth fell to 6-7 overall on the year. It travels to St. Paul Highland Park today for a noon game.
Prescott, 11-3 overall, also plays today, hosting St. Croix Falls. The Cardinals will be coming off a five-inning win over Baldwin-Woodville at home Friday to stay a half-game in back of New Richmond in the league standings. NR is 9-2 and Prescott 9-3 with Somerset and Amery tied at 7-4 and Ellsworth 6-6.
The Cardinals plated eight runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 10-0 lead. Derrick Munsen led Prescott at the plate with three hits with a double and two RBIs. Both Jake Hintz and Brandon Keiper had two hits for the Redbirds, with Kieper also hitting a double and driving in two runs.
Hintz was the winning pitcher as he tossed a one-hitter.
PHS has busy week in store with games today followed by ones Monday, Thursday, Friday and next Saturday. They play at Ellsworth on Thursday and
host top-ranked Altoona Friday.
(The Red Wing Republican-Eagle contributed to this report).