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All season Ellsworth strove to be more consistent on defense and at the plate. In the final game of the regular season Tuesday, the Panthers didn't commit an error and they collected 10 hits as they won in Osceola. "I think we accomplished what we set out to," Panthers coach Ryan Capser said. Neither team started its top pitcher and several Ellsworth players found themselves in different roles or positions. The player shuffling took place because the two teams are expected to meet in the second-round of the Division 2 regionals. Ellsworth is the No. 2 seed and Osceola is the No.
Ellsworth's Joe Henning fired an 81 Tuesday at the Division 2 Osceola regional and qualified for the sectional tournament as an individual. Henning, a senior, tied for 11th place at the regional. Ellsworth finished sixth in the 11-team field at Krooked Kreek Golf Club with a 361. The top four teams advanced to the sectional. Chrystian Kulow finished with the Panthers' second best score, an 87.
The Ellsworth boys and girls both placed third out of nine teams at the Division 2 regional meet Monday in Somerset.
The Panthers season came to an end Monday as they didn't have anyone advance beyond the opening round of the Division 2 Regis subsectional in Eau Claire, Wis. One of the few bright spots came in Flight 4 of singles where Ellsworth freshman Will Huppert lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Kory Hill of Amery. "Will was able to stay in there and keep hitting good shots," Panthers coach Casey Keller said. "When he made a mistake he was able to shrug that off. ...
The host Pirates scored two unearned runs in the fifth and the Hubbers made two outs on the bases that potentially cost them runs in Prescott's win Sunday. "(We) gave the game away," Ellsworth player/manager Darren Maxwell said. Mitch Johnson allowed five runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings and suffered the loss. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out one. Ellsworth's Lance Hove went 3-for-5 with a run in a game that was delayed twice because of rain. The Hubbers dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the St. Croix Valley League.
Menomonie 2, Ellsworth 1 Ellsworth fell in a pitchers' duel in the first game of the Bloomer tournament Saturday. The Panthers outhit Menomonie by one, but it was the lack of clutch hits that hurt Ellsworth. "It was a pretty good game, but we had some opportunities where we didn't come up with timely hits," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said. Halle Hatch took the loss for the Panthers. The junior went four innings, gave up six hits and allowed two earned runs.
With the bases loaded and one out and the Panthers up by one in the top of the seventh, Bloomer hit a comebacker to Isaac Hines. The freshman threw home to get the second out of the inning, but the throw from the catcher to first base hit the runner causing the ball to bounce into the outfield. Bloomer scored four runs in the rain-drenched seventh, and Ellsworth failed to score in the bottom of the inning. The Panthers threatened in bottom half of the inning.
When Prescott starter Mike Lytle faltered in the first inning, Billy Brookshaw was summoned to pitch and he turned in a solid performance to help the Cardinals win on the road. Brookshaw, a junior, pitched the final 6 1/3 innings Thursday and held the Panthers to three runs (two earned) on six hits. He helped himself by going 2-for-5 with a double and four runs. Ellsworth starter Brady Schroeder also struggled, getting tagged for seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Travis Kroll pitched the next 1 2/3 innings, giving up an earned run and suffering the loss.
Doubles partners Nick Rhiel and Andy Roland picked up Ellsworth's lone win Thursday on the road. "They did a good job or working together and coming to the net," Ellsworth coach Casey Keller said of the No. 3 doubles team. Though the Panthers suffered a lopsided loss, Keller was happy with what he saw. "We showed as a team that we are improving," he said. Ellsworth will play in the subsectionals Monday in Eau Claire.
Ellsworth roared off to a strong start by scoring four first-inning runs against Baldwin-Woodville's Brooke McNamara, but a switch to Abby Klopp in the second inning proved too tough of a task to take. The hard-throwing Klopp struck out 14 Ellsworth hitters in her five innings pitched. "We just have to do a better job swinging the bats," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said. "We just have to adjust, we were over-swinging on a hard pitcher and you just can't do that." Halle Hatch suffered the loss for the Panthers. She gave up four hits, and only three earned runs.