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Area softball: Ellsworth 9, Somerset 0

Panthers pitcher Halle Hatch continued her early-season dominance Thursday in a win at Somerset. She allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six.

"She's been using all four pitches," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said.

Hatch, who threw all seven innings, received help from her teammates at the plate. Ellsworth collected 18 hits.

"We needed that," Casper said.

Taylor Nelson went 5-for-5 while Mariah Diercks was 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Ellsworth (3-0 overall, 3-0 Middle Border Conference) plays host to River Falls today.