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Prescott to play in WBA state tournament, Ellsworth's season over

OSCEOLA - Back to the scene of the playoffs.

The Prescott Pirates will make their way to Osceola for a second weekend in a row to the Wisconsin Baseball Association’s state tournament after winning both their WBA playoff regional games last weekend at Oakey Park.

Prescott just got past Onalaska 2-1 on Saturday then crushed Hallie 7-2 on Sunday. The Pirates face St. Croix Valley League rival River Falls Friday evening at approximately 9 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the finals are at noon Sunday. It will be Prescott's seventh appearance in the state tournament.

A controversial double play call on an botched infield fly had Pirate players hopping mad after umpires made the decision which cost Prescott two base runners with no outs in the top of the ninth. But pitcher Adam Barta got the save as he gave up just one hit Onalaska's final at bat.

Prescott stranded 14 base runners in the game.  Their runs came in the first as Billy Brookshaw scored on Brady Powell's RBI-single. Then in the seventh Jim French slid into home plate after Brian Johnson's RBI-single. French hit a double and Jake Kruschke also had a hit for Prescott. Starting pitcher Mark Moriarity got the win.

Prescott actually trailed Hallie 1-0 into the fourth inning but the Pirates snatched the game’s momentum as Kruschke picked off an eagles base runner at second after a failed bunt attempt. In the bottom half of the fourth, the Pirates in front after French’s two-run blast. Nick Johnson crushed a three-run triple in the sixth. Jesse Tollefson was the winning pitcher and Barta came on in relief again to close out the contest.

Ellsworth’s chances for another trip to state were dashed in extra innings Sunday against Brill in Altoona. The Millers edged the Hubbers 6-5 in 10. Ellsworth won 11-5 over Rib Lake Saturday.