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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.
The Panthers came in seventh at the Middle Border Conference tournament Tuesday by firing a 393 at the New Richmond Golf Club. By placing three strokes in front of Prescott, Ellsworth also finished the season seventh in the eight-team conference standings. Joe Henning led the Panthers with a 90. Chrystian Kulow (99) also cracked 100. Tyler Samuel (100) and Austin Manore (104) also contributed to the Panthers' team score. Osceola won the tournament with a 330. The Chieftains placed first at every conference meet this season and finished with a perfect 80 points.
Ellsworth scored a 196 in the Middle Border Conference meet at Prescott Monday afternoon. The team finished in seventh place out of eight teams at Clifton Highland Golf Club. Joe Henning and Chrystian Kulow led the way for Ellsworth as they both shot a 46 in the nine-hole meet. Jared Hines and Tyler Samuel both shot a 52, and Austin Manore was the other competitor, carding a 56.
Prescott scored seven unearned runs Monday courtesy of four Ellsworth errors and won on the road. One of the more costly errors came with two outs and two on in the second inning. The Cardinals hit a dribbler to the first baseman and the ball was booted. Ellsworth led 3-0 at the time, but Prescott went on to score three runs that inning. "We were two feet from the bag for the third out," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said. Halle Hatch pitched all seven innings for Ellsworth and suffered the loss.
The Panthers forced the issue on the base paths by executing the hit and run as they won Monday in Hager City. "We were more the aggressor today and that was the key," Ellsworth coach Steve Block said. Brady Schroeder led the Panthers at the plate: He went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and three runs. "For the last six games he's been really locked in," Block said. James Georgakas earned the complete-game win. He struck out 10 and walked one.
After taking a two-run lead after one inning on the road, the Panthers scored on a suicide squeeze in the second to go up by three. That run proved to be big. Baldwin-Woodville would rally, but it fell one run short Tuesday. Ellsworth had just three hits and tallied six errors while Baldwin-Woodville had four hits and five errors. "We didn't hit all that bad, we just didn't do anything special," Ellsworth coach Steve Block said. James Georgakas was the player of the game, according to Block.
The Panthers exploded for six runs in the first inning Tuesday on the road to roll past New Richmond. The highlight of the opening frame was a grand slam by Kayla Christopherson.
The Elmwood-Plum City boys and girls teams braved poor weather conditions to both finish in first place Friday at the Durand invite. "It's always fun when you are running in freezing rain," E-PC coach Rick Stewart said sarcastically. Official times were not available but Stewart did know the places that his athletes took. Alex Gilles was named the track athlete of the meet.
The host Spartans scored 13 runs in the second inning to blow the game open. Somerset tallied 12 hits and benefited from a pair of Ellsworth errors that inning. Just five of the runs were earned. Ellsworth starter Brady Schroeder went 1 2/3 innings and suffered the loss. He allowed 15 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits. The Panthers (1-3) didn't help themselves by making six errors in the field.
The Blue Devils led 5-2 after five complete innings Friday, but the Lancers scored five runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two errors and a couple walks. Plum City couldn't push any runs across in the bottom of the inning and they wouldn't get another chance to answer. The game was called in the top of the seventh because of snow at Plum City's Legion Park. "We played really good baseball for the first five innings," Blue Devils coach Kevin Mueller said. Tyler Niebur suffered the loss.