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Blues back to state

The Plum City Blues are heading back to the Wisconsin Baseball Association for the first time since 2005 as they won both their regional playoff games this past weekend at Merchants Park in Ashland.

Plum City won their first game Saturday evening 1-0 over Whittelsey. The game was scoreless through seven innings but in the eighth, Nathan Stein lead off the inning with a walk and stole second. After a wild pitch advanced him to third, Chase Nelson delivered the only RBI of the game with a single to left. Tony Garner was the winning pitcher as he tossed a complete game shutout with double digit strikeouts.

PC then topped the home team 10-3 on Sunday. The Blues scored five runs in the first inning and chased off the Merchants' starting pitcher after just a third of an inning. Both Josh Bauer and Zach Watkins homered in the game. Mark Luebker threw six innings for the win and Nelson earned the save.

The Blues will play their next game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Tomahawk against last year's state runner-up, the Haugen Knights. The last time PC went to state they made it to the semifinal round before losing to Everest 12-0.

The county's two other St. Croix Valley League teams were not as fortunate as both lost their first playoff games. Prescott was topped by Sparta 10-7 in 11 innings in Haugen while Ellsworth lost 7-4 to Hallie in Osceola. Both games were on Saturday.