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Area softball: Ellsworth 10, New Richmond 3

The Panthers exploded for six runs in the first inning Tuesday on the road to roll past New Richmond.

The highlight of the opening frame was a grand slam by Kayla Christopherson.

Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said that Christopherson's blast was over a fence marked at 210 feet.

"That was a pretty good poke," he said.

She went 2-for-5 on the day with five RBI.

Ellsworth scored all 10 of its runs in the first three innings.

"I think we got a little too comfortable at that point," Casper said.

Around the fourth inning, Casper said, the Panthers started to throw the ball around. They tallied five errors on the game.

Halle Hatch continued her great pitching. She struck out five and didn't surrender a walk or an earned run.

Ellsworth (8-1 overall and Middle Border) plays host to Osceola on Thursday.