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The 66th Wisconsin Baseball Association Tournament will be played for the first-time ever in River Falls at brand new First National Bank Park. However, not all the games will be in RF. One in particular will be in Ellsworth at Bob Young Field in Summit Park.
Here's a last look a photos from last weekend's 47th Ellsworth Funster Demolition Derby at the Pierce County Fair in Ellsworth. One of the county's largest attended single events, it drew 3,200 spectators this year.
The Ellsworth Hubbers and Prescott Pirates will compete in the 66th Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) State Tournament this weekend. The Hubbers advanced from the Hallie regional by outlasting Whitehall 7-6 in 15 innings Sunday while Prescott downed Onalaska 6-2 in the River Falls Regional on Sunday as well. Sean Corey belted a solo home run for the winning score against Whitehall. Mitch Johnson came in to pitch in 14th inning to get the win. Ellsworth rallied from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game in the eighth. The Pirates took on Onalaska for the state tournament berth Sunday.
A record number of entries plus the normal huge crowd of spectators were highlights of the Ellsworth Funsters annual Demolition Derby at the Pierce County Fair Saturday evening. This year's derby was a memorial to honor long-time derby driver Wayne Peterson, who passed away in April of this year. A moment of silence was also taken for Nicholas Rhiel, a pit crew member for driver Dan Langer who was seriously injured in an accident Saturday morning.
Both Prescott and Ellsworth will be playing for berths in the Wisconsin Baseball Association state tournament today as both Pierce County amateur baseball teams won their regional semifinal contests Saturday. Ellsworth just got past Sparta 3-2 in 12 innings at the regional in Hallie while Prescott also eked out a win, 2-1 over Merrill at the regional at River Falls's First National Bank Park. Prescott used an eight-strikeout, three-hit pitching effort from winner Erik Monson along with solid defense to offset a recent lack of offense.
Another year of almost perfect weather has the Pierce County Fair set for a big weekend of attendance. With the forecast for Saturday and Sunday practically the same as Friday's, sizeable crowds should be expected as there were Friday evening for the annual tractor pull and FFA livestock auction. The big grandstand event for Saturday is the annual Ellsworth Funsters Demolition Derby, which begins at 7 p.m.
RIVER FALLS - The first Wisconsin Baseball Associaton playoff game at First National Bank Park was big success for the River Falls Fighting Fish. The Fish clobbered Hallie 21-3 to win its regional semifinal playoff contest Friday evening. The Fish will play in the regional finals Sunday at 1 p.m. against either Eau Claire or St.
Pierce County high school football teams began their seasons this week. The Ellsworth Panthers were working hard to maintain the success their program had last season with three undefeated, regular season squads: varsity, JV and freshmen. The EHS varsity team got some good news in that regard as All-MBC quarterback Emery Whalen has decided to stay with the Panther program instead of transferring to Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn. County teams will scrimmage next weekend and will begin their regular seasons Aug. 22.
The Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs begin this evening. Regional tournament play starts Friday and goes through to Sunday. There are four regionals with eight teams per. One of those regionals is in River Falls where the home team Fighting Fish will look to make the state tournament again as they start off against Hallie tonight at 7 p.m. at First National Bank Park. Two other Pierce County teams are in the playoff field. Prescott, which topped the St. Croix Valley League with the best record at 15-1, will also try to get back to state.
While the 131st Pierce County Fair doesn't officially open until Thursday, there was plenty going on Wednesday, the "pre-fair" period. There was plenty of judging, plenty of setting up, plenty bringing in animals and exhibits and grandstand pulls for both ponies and horses. Each of the county's 4-H clubs have made barn quilts for this year's fair and are offering them to fairgoers via silent auction. They are on display outside the new exhibition building. The fair officially opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. The gates will reamin open until 9 p.m.