River Falls and Prescott square off for SCVL supremacy this Saturday
This Saturday at Firehall Field in Prescott at 1 p.m. the top two teams in the St. Croix Valley League will contest.
The Prescott Pirates and River Falls Fighting Fish established themselves as the top teams in the league after they both won their league games last weekend.
River Falls stayed undefeated at 8-0 as they downed St. Croix falls 6-2 on Saturday and beat Elmwood in Elmwood Sunday 12-1.
After the Fish plated five runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-1 lead the Expos could only keep the game going for nine innings, which they did despite being outhit 18-3. Three players for the Fish had three hits. Tyler Hunter drove in three runs and Marty Herum belted a two-run homer.
Prescott beat Hager City 11-7 on Friday at Brown Field. Jesse Tollefson threw seven innings, giving up just runs. The Skeeters tied the game at 7-7 in the eighth but the Pirates came back to score four in the top of the 9th and reliever Nick Johnson finished off the game to earn the win. Elliot Foley was the losing pitcher despite a great effort as he gave up only three earned runs in seven innings. Foley and Tyler Regnier were the leading hitters for Hager City, both with four hits apiece.
The Pirates beat Ellsworth in Prescott Sunday thanks to a walk off hit by Chris Terrazas. The Hubbers were up 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth when Billy Brookshaw hit a single to move Jake Kushke to third. Alex Ross hit a slow grounder to the pitcher's mound which allowed Kushke to slide in at home safely at home to tie the game. Terrazas then came up with two outs with runners on first and second and made the hit on the third base line which allowed Brookshaw to sprint home with the winning run.
Elmwood had a bad game Sunday but a much better one Saturday at home as they routed division leader Osceola 14-3 to stay above .500 and in playoff contention.
Also getting splits this weekends were Ellsworth, as they annihilated Plum City at home Friday 23-2 in seven innings; Bay City bounced back from a 10-0 loss at Menomonie Friday to edge Spring Valley at home Sunday 3-2 to snap a three-game losing while the Hawks remain winless in league play.
Cole Kuesel got the win for BC and Tony Schultz got the save. Kuesel also hit a two-RBI double. The Bombers were awarded 11 walks in the ballgame. Ethan Stanley had three hits, including a double, along with two RBIs to lead Spring Valley at the plate.
Beside the bad loss to Ellsworth, Plum City also lost an extra inning-game at home to Hudson 2-1 Sunday. Hudson pitcher Paul Johnson tossed a three-hitter, allowing just one run while picking up an RBI in the top of the sixth. Brian Sparstad not only picked up the win in relief of Johnson but hit the winning run as well.