SCVBL recap: Prescott wraps up South Division
Prescott can score runs in bunches.
The Pirates can out-double teams and have separated themselves with the home run ball a few times as well.
But against River Falls, Prescott needed to find ways to scrape together runs in order to take a 4-2 victory in St. Croix Valley Baseball League action Friday, July 28.
With Billy Brookshaw watching the game from his couch due to injury, Pete Brookshaw moved to the 2-spot in the lineup and singled in the first inning. He stole second and was driven in by player-manager Michael Lytle to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Pirates struck again in the sixth inning when Mike Brookshaw led the inning off with a walk and stole both second and third bases. Brandon Voelker drew a walk, Trevor Moses hit a hard ground ball that hit the third baseman in the cheek to load the bases. Prescott took a 2-0 lead when Luke Murphy drew a walk.
Good at bats and solid approaches helped the Pirates separate themselves.
"It's good to be able to win games this way," Lytle said. He was 2-for-4. "It's nice to be able to score a bunch of runs, but you can't always do that; especially against really good teams like these guys."
The Fighting Fish (10-6) entered the weekend with a chance to earn a share of the North Division. River Falls would defeat Elmwood, 12-6, Sunday, July 30, but the loss to Prescott left them one game out of a tie with Hudson and Menomonie.
Prescott will take a 14-2 record into the postseason after defeating New Richmond, 9-2, Sunday, July 30.
The stabilizing force for the Pirates in both games was pitching.
Conner Cress threw all nine innings against the Millers to earn the win.
Against River Falls, Eric Munson delivered 8 ⅓ innings before giving way to Evan Bayer.
Bayer entered with the winning run at the plate. He struck the first batter out and induced a groundball to shortstop Pete Brookshaw to end the game.
Ellsworth 15, Hager City 5
Jeremiah Paulson was 3-for-4 with three home runs as the Hubbers 10-runned the Skeeters in eight innings Friday, July 28.
Josh Schneider was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. Schneider also scored three runs.
Shane Elsen was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Menomonie 8, Ellsworth 3
The Hubbers were defeated by Menomonie Sunday, July 30. With the loss, Ellsworth ended its season with a 6-10 record. Paulson hit his fourth home run of the weekend to lead off the second inning.
Menomonie 11, Spring Valley 0
The Hawks best chance to score came in the first inning when Scott Sayles and Casey Ryan each singled. They couldn't cash in and didn't threaten again as Menomonie cruised to a victory Wednesday, July 26.
The Eagles captured a share of the North Division crown after defeating Ellsworth Sunday, July 30.
Osceola 9, Plum City 0
Tony Garner was hooked with the loss as the Blues were defeated by the Braves Sunday, July 30.
Plum City only had two hits.
Menomonie 11, Plum City 4
The Eagles started their three-game winning streak to close out the regular season by defeating the Blues Friday, July 28.
Prescott 9, New Richmond 2
The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning before cruising to a victory over the host Millers.
Peter Brookshaw was 3-for-4.
Conner Cress went the distance for Prescott.
Luke Murphy was 2-for-4.
New Richmond 7, Hager City 4
River Falls 12, Elmwood 6