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Prescott softball team wins first two games

Prescott pitcher Marti Johnson ready to toss.

PRESCOTT - The Prescott High School softball team has victories in its first two ballgames this season, overwhelming victories as a matter of fact.

The Cardinals won their season and Middle Border Conference opener over Somerset 13-2 Thursday at Somerset and then rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat St. Croix Central 13-2 in six innings Friday in Hammond.

The good start to the Cards’ 2014 season bodes well in their attempt to do better than the 6-10 record PHS had last season, 5-9 in the MBC.

“We need to have a strong start,” PHS head coach Matt Smith said. “Last year we were playing our best ball towards the end of the season. We were doing better at the plate, putting the ball in play. But when you start the season 2-8, and it takes you weeks just to adjust to playing outdoors, you’re too far behind to change how your season goes and we don’t want that to happen this year.”

Another good sign is of the six returning letter winners on this year’s PHS team, junior Mariah Krings was first-team all-conference and seniors Katy Syverson and Marti Johnson and junior Annie Pryor were honorable mention All-MBC.

“We’re going to have very good depth at pitcher,” Prescott head coach Matt Smith said. “Marti is in her fourth season with the varsity. She was injured as a sophomore and that hurt her development but she won’t be outworked. She’s really made a lot of strides. Annie threw for us last season and did a good job. So if we have to play a lot of games in a short period of time due to the weather, we’ll be ready at least from the mound.”

Other returning letter winners include seniors Abby Murphy and Kellie Magee. PHS lost Cassie Murphy, Kayla Lytle and M. Parhus to graduation. The returning letter winners are also returning starters. Magee is a three-year starter at catcher, Krings is back at third base, Syverson at shortstop and Pryor at second base.  Abby Murphy is the only returning starter in the outfield.

Smith says Baldwin-Woodville is still the team to beat in the MBC but the league will be very balanced and competitive in 2014.

“It’s going to be a good league from top to bottom,” Smith said. “B-W, Osceola, Durand, New Richmond, all have a good shot of winning the title and I think we can be there too if we play with more consistency. That means we can’t hurt ourselves with errors like we did last season. We made way too many mental mistakes. The time we spent inside this season we really maximized to labor on the little things and hopefully it will pay off.”

Prescott is back in action Tuesday at New Richmond. The Cards' first home MBC contest is Thursday vs. Osceola.