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Panthers have bookend wins last week

Ellsworth's Halle Hatch safely slides into third base to get the steal against Durand back on April 12 in Ellsworth. Photo by Sean Scallon

Ellsworth High School's softball team bookended their first two wins of the season at the beginning and end of last week.

The Panthers topped both Durand and Osceola to give them a 2-2 record in the Middle Border Conference, 2-5 overall.

Meanwhile Prescott took its first league and season loss to Somerset which dropped them out of first place.

Ends justify the means

Not only did Ellsworth win its first game of the season at home April 12 against Durand, but they also handed their Hwy. 10 rivals their first loss.

EHS went eight innings to win 4-3.

Kayla Christopherson hit the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Teammate Estelle Jensen had two hits, including an RBI-double. Halle Hatch was the winning pitcher.

Ellsworth had a tough couple of losses in the middle of the week, 4-3 at Elmwood Tuesday and 3-1 at Amery Thursday.

The Panthers had the bases loaded in their last at bats but were unable to bring home the runs they needed to beat Amery Thursday.

Ellsworth loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but the Warriors were able to get out of the jam to win 3-1.

Of EHS' five losses, three have come by a combined four runs.

Becca Chollett scored the Panthers' lone run and had two hits.

But Ellsworth had no problems plating runs at Osceola Friday.

The Panthers trailed the Chieftains 16-14 before ripping off seven runs in the top of the seventh. Leading the way was Kayla Christopherson's grand slam homer. For the game Christopherson had three hits, scored four runs and had five RBIs.

"It was an event," Ellsworth's Ryan Casper said to the Red Wing Republican-Eagle. "It was windy the ball was just flying off the bat."

The Panthers can get into the MBC title race this week with key contests vs. Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville this week. They also play a non-conference contests against a tough Glenwood City squad.

Stop forward motion

Prescott was rolling nicely after knocking off defending MBC champ Amery 9-7 back on April 12 at Biggs Frey Field. But then Somerset brought the roll to a complete stop.

The Cardinals were tied 7-7 with Amery going into the bottom of the sixth when Paige Durhman's triple scored Sophie Carlson. Durhman then scored on an Alyssa Krings' fielders' choice. Kallie Krech took down the Warriors in their last at bats to get the win.

Krings doubled and Emily Langer also hit a son. Krech struck out 11.

"It was a hard fought win for us. A great team victory, we played flawless in the field and got big hits when we needed them." PHS head coach Matt Smith said.

It was a different story on Thursday as the Cards fell 11-1 at Somerset. Prescott scored only run in the top of the first when Kallie Krech crossed the plate on a Sammy Hansen line drive RBI-single. Somerset pitcher Bethany Starry held Prescott to four hits, while striking out four.

"It was a wakeup call for us, going on the road for the first time this year," Smith said. "We ran into a Spartan squad that outplayed us in every facet of the game tonight. They have a nice team and should make a lot of noise this year."

See more sports stories in this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald.