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PIERCE COUNTY PREP SCOREBOARD: Ellsworth softball team winners of eight straight in MBC

The Ellsworth HIgh School softball team has now eight straight Middle Border Conference softball games. The Panthers swept a doubleheader at Osceola Thursday by scores of 19-2 and 10-5.

The wins improve Ellsworth's overall record to 11-4 and their MBC record to 9-3. However, the Panthers winning streak faces its biggest test today as EHS goes to Baldwin to face No. 1 ranked Baldwin-Woodville, owners of a 53-game conference winning streak. The Blackhawks clinched the MBC titled outright yesterday with a doubleheader sweep at Somerset. First pitch for today's contest is at 5:00 p.m. at Millpond Park

Another Pierce County team winning in the MBC was. The Cardinals won at home yesterday over Durand 7-5.

In the Dunn-St. Croix Softball, Elmwood/Plum City took two from Glenwood City 8-7 and 9-0 in Elmwood. The first game went six innings out of five and EPC's Emily Hoyt scored the winning run to break the 7-7 tie on a pair of Glenwood errors. The wins bring the Wolves just one game under .500 both overall (7-8) and in the league (6-7)

Also in the D-SC, Boyceville crushed Spring Valley 20-8 in Spring Valley.

Speaking of winning streaks, both Ellsworth and Prescott kept rolling in MBC play Thursday afternoon. The No. 2 ranked Panthers topped Amery 8-2 in Hager City while No. 7 ranked Prescott won at Somerset 7-3. PHS will try to hold its position a game behind the Panthers in the MBC playing a rescheduled contest at New Richmond this afternoon. Prescott take on Ellsworth again in Prescott next Thursday.

Also in prep baseball, No. 8 Spring Valley crushed Boyceville 18-8 to stay undefeated, now 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the D-SC Small Division. They can wrap of the league title next week if they win at Elmwood Monday and at home vs. Alma/Pepin Tuesday.

Elmwood rallied to beat Plum City in Plum City 8-5 Thursday. The Raiders plated three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to overturn PC's 3-2 lead. 

In track and field, Ellsworth's girls finished second in a five-team meet at Glenwood City. Senior Olivia Helmer led the Panthers with first places in the long jump and triple jump and helped lead the Panthers 800-meter relay team to a win. Joanne Lanegran was on that winning 800 team and she also won the pole vault. Brett Freier won both hurdle races as the Ellsworth boys finished fifth. St. Croix Falls swept both meet titles.

The first-ever Dunn-St. Croix/Lakelande Challenge Meet took place in Boyceville. Unity won both the boys' and girls meets. Spring Valley was second in the boys meet and fourth in the girls while Elmwood/Plum City finished sixth in the girls' and seventh in the boys' meet. Pierce County first place finishers included SV's Zac Webster in the high, triple and long jumps, EPC's Andrew Gilles in the 800-meter run, Spring Valley boys 1600-meter relay team, Spring Valley's Claire Arneson in the 3200-meter run; the EPC girls 3200-meter relay team and Elmwood/PC's Jillian Holt in the pole vault.

Conference track meets are on Tuesday, the MBC at Osceola and the D-SC at Mondovi.