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In case you are wondering, Ellsworth and Prescott high schools do not play each other in baseball until May 2 in Ellsworth. It is possible both teams could be undefeated by then but there's a long way to go. Still, both Pierce County Middle Border Conference teams kept their records spotless with league wins Tuesday evening. Ellsworth shutout Durand 2-0 at Brown Field in Hager City. Dan Giese had two of Ellsworth's seven hits and Mike Koch drove in a run.
PLUM CITY - Colfax scored nine unasnwered runs in the second and third innings combined to help beat Plum City 14-5 at a sunny but chilly Legion Park Monday afternoon for the Blue Devils' home opener. PC took a 4-3 lead after its first at bats but the Vikings, 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix Large, responded with the nine runs to take a 12-4 advantage they held for the duration of the ballgame.
SPRING VALLEY - Being a returning letter winner on a prep or collegiate team doesn't necessarily mean the athlete has a lot of playing experience. But several of the 10 returning letter winners on the Spring Valley High School softball team were able to get playing time last season due to both the weather and injuries. Valley graduated five seniors: All Dunn-St. Croix Conference selections Megan Manor and McKenna Mattison along with Alex Larrieu, Emily Hofacker and Rachel Samdahl.
SPRING VALLEY - When it comes to high school baseball in Pierce County, both Ellsworth and Prescott garner the lion-share of the attention and logically so given the success both programs have had in the past and in the present. But Spring Valley shouldn't be forgotten when it comes to prep baseball. Two seasons ago SV clinched a tie for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Small Division title and last season won the regional tournament championship.
While the Ellsworth Village Board had a lengthy agenda last Monday, it was a non-agenda item which took up a great deal of discussion time at the meeting’s start.
ELMWOOD - For the Elmwood High School baseball team, the 2014 season is all about the shirts. The shirt that are usually printed up whenever a prep team wins a conference or regional or sectional championship. "They're pretty cool to wear and our guys want one too." Elmwood head coach Mike Britzer said. The Raiders came close last season. They were a game-back in second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Small Division standings at 6-2 (9-4 overall) to Alma/Pepin and lost a close contest to Spring Valley in the regional semifinals.
PLUM CITY - New Plum City High School head baseball coach Brent Blegen can't quite say what the impact of having 10 returning letter winners back will be for the Blue Devils this season. But there are two numbers he is certain about when it comes to his team's outlook for 2014. "We have six freshman on our team and two of them are going to start for us," Blegen said.
PRESCOTT - The Prescott High School softball team has victories in its first two ballgames this season, overwhelming victories as a matter of fact. The Cardinals won their season and Middle Border Conference opener over Somerset 13-2 Thursday at Somerset and then rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat St. Croix Central 13-2 in six innings Friday in Hammond. The good start to the Cards’ 2014 season bodes well in their attempt to do better than the 6-10 record PHS had last season, 5-9 in the MBC. “We need to have a strong start,” PHS head coach Matt Smith said.
A 14-0 rout of Mondovi at Mondovi Thursday is a good sign the Elmwood/Plum City softball program will be back near the top of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference this season. Shelby Hall was the winning pitcher. She held the Buffaloes to just one hit while striking out three. Hall, a sophomore, is one eight returning letter winners from last season's 16-5 squad which won the regional title and finished second in the D-SC behind Alma/Pepin. Finding a new pitcher to replace first team All D-SC hurler McKayla Brunner is a top priority.
HAGER CITY - The Ellsworth High School baseball team improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Middle Border Conference after winning in dramatic fashion over New Richmond Thursday at Brown Field. Eric McGregor's RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh broke a 5-5 tie. Ellsworth rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the sixth with a pair runs which tied the game in the seventh. The Panthers Logan Armstrong got the win in relief of starter Brady Yanisch.