County diamond teams earn state rankings, Prescott No. 1 in baseballPierce County has two prep teams highly thought of by coaches all across Wisconsin for their good play this season.
Pierce County has two teams highly thought of by coaches all across Wisconsin for their good play this season.
The Prescott High School baseball team is ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 3. The Cardinals have a 19-1 record and clinched an outright Middle Border Conference title yesterday with a 13-3 win over Durand.
Prescott has its first No. 1 ranking in nine years but state rankings are old hat to the Cardinal nine. The Ellsworth High School softball team, however, has collected its first state ranking ever.
The Panthers earned enough votes last week to put themselves at No. 14 in Division 2. Yesterday's 1-0 win over Prescott put the Purple at 12-4 overall, 9-3 in the Middle Border Conference.
EHS is one of two MBC teams in the state rankings as Baldwin-Woodville is ranked No. 1 in Division 3. Ellsworth head coach Ryan Casper believes the team's close loss to the Blackhawks (3-0) and to No. Alma/Pepin helped get them noticed.
"We've never really been in this spot before and that's why it's tough to break into the rankings for the first time unless you do something spectacular," Casper said. "I think it's a testament to our seniors, many of whom are four-year letter winners who stuck it out and something to show for their hard work."
Prescott will put that No. 1 ranking on the line Thursday in Hager City as they take on Ellsworth at Brown Field starting at 5 p.m. Ellsworth's softball team, meanwhile, plays Hwy. 10 East rival Durand in Arkansaw Thursday and then takes on B-W Monday in Baldwin at Mill Pond Park. First pitch is again at 5 p.m.