Jalen Knuteson started as a reporter in the sports department for the Pierce County Herald in October of 2016. He has spent time working for the Portage Daily Register as a freelance reporter and as a sports assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.
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PEPIN -- Senior Sam Verges had two hits and scored three times for as the Spring Valley prep baseball team earned an 11-1 victory over Pepin/Alma in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play on Thursday, April 27 at Pepin High School. The Cardinals scored seven runs in the fourth inning to pull away from the Eagles. Brock Bune and Seth Schlegel each had doubles for the Cardinals. Schlegel had three RBIs. Bune gave up two hits and struck out six batters.
ELLSWORTH -- Certain elements just weren’t sharp. Ellsworth had the offense, but couldn’t make enough plays defensively or enough pitches to keep with Baldwin-Woodville. The result was the Blackhawks earning a 14-7 win over the host Panthers in Middle Border Conference prep softball on Thursday, April 27 at Ellsworth Middle School.
PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils finally broke through. Plum City had lost three-straight one-run games heading into its game against Boyceville. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead against the host Bulldogs before finishing off a 6-3 victory in Dunn-St. Croix Conference prep baseball on Monday, April 24.
PRESCOTT -- St. Croix Central won both the girls and the boys side of the Prescott Invitational on Thursday, April 20. The Panthers scored 117 points for the boys and 109 points for the girls. Ellsworth took second, followed by Prescott in third place and Spring Valley in fourth place. The Ellsworth boys scored 67 points and the girls scored 86 points.
The Cardinals shot their lowest score of the year in the same week that they had a round to forget. Dealing with the elements on Tuesday, April 18, the Spring Valley golf team scored a 189 at Glen Hills Golf Club in Glenwood City. The score was good enough for first place. The lowest score was Tyler Leach, who scored a 36, followed by Zach Boisen with a 43. Mondovi took second with a 195.
ELLSWORTH -- Owen Matzek gave the Panthers a chance to forge a comeback. Ellsworth trailed 6-0 in the third inning when the junior came in with two outs in the third inning. The Panthers scored one run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and four in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 victory over St. Paul Como Park in nonconference prep baseball on Saturday, April 22 at Bob Young Field at Summit Park.
ELLSWORTH -- The Panthers only scored in two innings. Three runs in the third inning and eight runs in the fourth inning and the Ellsworth softball team had an 11-0 victory over Amery in Middle Border Conference action on Friday, April 21 at Ellsworth Middle School. Clarity Kummer was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. MacKenzie Kummer was 2-for-2 with a hit by pitch. The Panthers return to action Tuesday against April 25 against Somerset.
PLUM CITY -- It was like a scene they’d seen before. Plum City had a lead. Plum City gave up a big inning. Plum City lost by one run. For the third-straight game, the Blue Devils were defeated by one run in a game that they led. This time it was a 5-4 loss to Pepin/Alma in Dunn-St. Croix Conference baseball at Legion Park in Plum City on Friday, April 21.
PLUM CITY -- Tayler Whipple had two hits as Plum City was defeated by Mondovi, 10-2, in Dunn-St. Croix Conference prep softball on Thursday, April 20. Maddie Schellhas drove in the only two runs for the Blue Devils in the seventh inning with a 2-out single. OTHER AREA GAMES Boyceville 13, Elmwood 4
PRESCOTT -- Andrew Rozmairek didn’t blow anyone away and is fastball wasn’t unhittable, but it was well-located at the knees. “You can do nothing but kill worms with pitches like that (as a batter),” Prescott head coach Jeff Ryan said his starting pitcher. “Even when he was missing he was missing down.”