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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.
St. Croix Central tallied five runs in the first inning and seven runs in the sixth inning to make easy work of Plum City. The Panthers, playing on their home field Thursday, had just five hits. Plum City committed nine errors.
Panthers pitcher Halle Hatch continued her early-season dominance Thursday in a win at Somerset. She allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six. "She's been using all four pitches," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said. Hatch, who threw all seven innings, received help from her teammates at the plate. Ellsworth collected 18 hits. "We needed that," Casper said. Taylor Nelson went 5-for-5 while Mariah Diercks was 4-for-5 with an RBI. Ellsworth (3-0 overall, 3-0 Middle Border Conference) plays host to River Falls today.
MAIDEN ROCK -- The Rush River swelled to about 12 feet Wednesday afternoon as rainwater from Tuesday's heavy storms fed into its confluence with Lake Pepin. Wisconsin Department of Transportation storm water control engineer Dave Larson, who was taking river measurements Wednesday, said the river level appeared to be cresting north of Maiden Rock at about 3:30 p.m. "This might be as high as it gets," he said from atop the Highway 35 bridge, where raging floodwaters carried large debris jams just below him. He said the river had come up two feet in the course of an hour.
Opponents of a controversial Diamond Bluff sand-hauling operation lost an important battle Wednesday when a key Pierce County panel gave the project its blessing. The Piece County Land Management Committee approved a conditional-use permit for the project, which would offload about 350,000 cubic yards of sand from nearby Corps Island directly through Diamond Bluff. Numerous residents have opposed the project, claiming a pall of diesel exhaust and the roar of near-continuous dump truck activity would put a stranglehold on the tiny river community for months. "Everyone's pretty disappointe