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County teams split all over last week

Spring Valley and Elmwood in action last Thursday in Elmwood. Cardinal catcher Jake Rudesill tags out Elmwood's Josh Pax. Photos by Sean Scallon1 / 2
Spring Valley's Derek Biggs hustles back to first base to avoid being picked off. Photos by Sean Scallon2 / 2

No Pierce County team in the Dunn-St. Croix Small could string together wins last week. Each team had wins and losses on their record.

Elmwood got their first win over Plum City in two years 7-4 back on April 12 at Legion Park in Plum City.

A big fourth inning plus five Plum City errors led Elmwood to upend the defending Dunn-St. Croix Small Division champs.

Plum City was ahead 2-0 when the Raiders plated three runs in the fourth to turn the game around. Brian Tolonen brought two of those runs home with his single plus an outfield error. Elmwood scored four more runs to lead 7-2.

The Blue Devils had five errors in the game and two wild pitches. Both Tolonen and Logan Wolf had a pair of hits for the Red and Black label.

Tyler Churchill had two hits and two RBIs to lead PC, including a solo home run.

But no momentum came Elmwood way after the big win over their rivals. The Raiders lost 3-0 at Clear Lake in a non-conference game the very next day. The Raiders had plenty of baserunners and Logan Wolf struck out nine in a four-hitter, but were still shut out. Justin Keenlyne had two hits to lead EHS.

It got worse Thursday at home vs. Spring Valley. A close contest was broke open in the sixth and seventh innings as SV plated six runs for an 8-1 win. The runs mostly came off Elmwood walks and errors. Braden Johnson led Valley with two hits and Derek Biggs hit a double. It was winning pitcher Dustin Bune's show as he struck out 14 batters and allowed just two walks. Tolonen and E.J. Wolske both had two hits for Elmwood with Tolonen driving in two runs.

But even a win over their rivals could give Spring Valley any momentum as they fell twice in the Prairie Farm Invitational Saturday. The Cardinals lost to the host Panthers 3-1 and to Boyceville in the third place game 6-0. They also lost to the Bulldogs 4-1 back on April 12 in Boyceville.

Plum City, however, did bounce back with a 12-0 win at Glenwood City Thursday. Pitcher Chase Luebker tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Blue Devils and gives them the lead in the league standings at 2-1.

But PC only led 2-0 through four innings. The Devils broke through in the fifth with 10 runs plated helped along by a hit batsman and five straight walks.

Shawn Ingli was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs, three runs scored plus a double and triple. Teammate Ryan Flynn drove in two runs.