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Prep softball roundup: Ellsworth can't keep pace with BW

Ellsworth catcher Morgan Kummer focuses before stepping into the box for an at bat against Baldwin-Woodville. The junior was 2-for-3 with a triple and a home run on Thursday. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 5
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Shortstop Clarity Kummer hauls in a line drive destined to split the outfielders for extra bases against Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, April 27. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 5
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Freshman Avery O'Neil fouls a pitch off against Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, April 27. 5 / 5

ELLSWORTH -- Certain elements just weren’t sharp.

Ellsworth had the offense, but couldn’t make enough plays defensively or enough pitches to keep with Baldwin-Woodville.

The result was the Blackhawks earning a 14-7 win over the host Panthers in Middle Border Conference prep softball on Thursday, April 27 at Ellsworth Middle School.

Ellsworth gave up two runs in the first inning and four in the third inning. Defensively, the Panthers had one of their sloppiest games.

“We weren’t prepared to play in the weather today and we let that clearly affect us,” Ellsworth head coach Kenzie Diercks said. “We shouldn’t have -- I’m not making excuses -- but we let that affect us and we shouldn’t have. They didn’t (let it affect them). They deserve credit. That’s why they’re a good team.”

There are teams that Ellsworth could beat playing without its sharpest performance, but the Blackhawks are not one of those teams.

“I love how competitive the Middle Border is this year,” Diercks said. “It makes us play better. We have three really good teams coming up next week, so that should help us get back on track to where we need to be.”

Junior catcher Morgan Kummer hit a triple and scored the second of four Ellsworth runs in the third inning to make the score 6-4. The Blackhawks answered with three in the fourth inning and three in the fifth inning before Kummer homered in the sixth inning to make the score 12-6.

The Panthers couldn’t manage to stop the Baldwin-Woodville offense.

“Baldwin is always a good team, but we 10-runned a team that they lost to,” said Kummer referring to the Blackhawks losing a 7-6 to Osceola last week. “We should have come in more confident and focused than we did.”

Kummer agreed that weather was a factor, but emphasized that it wasn’t something that more negatively affects one team over the other -- unless a team lets it.

“The other team has to play in the conditions too, so we shouldn’t complain; but it clearly did affect us,” Kummer said. “That’s a factor that can affect our game, but we have to overcome that. We have to figure out how to just go with it, because you can’t control it.”

Adding to the offensive attack for Ellsworth was Katie Trunkel, who hit a triple, and Holly Carlson, who hit a home run to lead off the third inning.

Diercks was eager to move past the loss after the game,  

“Sometimes it’s good to have a wakeup call because it shows flaws in us; it shows flaws in our coaching and it just helps us get better,” Diercks said.

OTHER AREA GAMES

Elk Mound 17, Spring Valley 5

Senior Katy Schreiber was 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Cardinals in their loss to the host Mounders in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play Thursday, April 27.

Elmwood at Mondovi, not reported

Plum City vs. Boyceville, rescheduled

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