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Prep softball roundup: Prescott scrapes by BW

Sophomore Syd Benck scored the only run for Prescott on Thursday, May 18 in their win over Baldwin-Woodville. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia

PRESCOTT -- The little things are huge in a one-run game.

When Prescott defeated Baldwin-Woodville, 1-0, in Middle Border Conference softball, the little things were everything on Thursday, May 18.

Sophomore Sydney Benck, the courtesy runner for pitcher Kaili Wescott, stole second base with one out in the fourth inning. The throw ended up in center field and Benck advanced to third base on the error.  

After Hope Miner struck out, Benck scored on a passed ball to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

“In tight ball games, sometimes you have to take risks. It paid off for us tonight that we did take those risks,” Prescott coach Matt Smith said. “Instead of playing not to lose, we went out and tried to win the ballgame.”

Wescott struck out six batters, including the last two batters of the game. She only gave up four hits and didn’t walk anyone.

To win a 1-0 game, the Cardinals needed to lock up defensively. The play that stuck out for Smith, though, didn’t record an out.

In the sixth inning, Lindsay Burr led off with a base hit. Brooke Evenson advanced Burr to second base with a sacrifice bunt.

McKenzie Carey fired a throw to second base to try to get the runner wandering off of second base too far. The throw was wide and it got past shortstop Katie Miller covering second base.

Center fielder Sam Zuehlsdorf was there to back the throw up.

“There are a lot of moving parts with it. We’ll drill that half a dozen times in practice,” Smith said. “If our outfielders go to back everything up the way they are supposed to that base runner has to stop. If they don’t, that runner never stops. She keeps running and she scores.

“That one completely changes the game.”

Other MBC game

Ellsworth 8, New Richmond 1

Sophomore McKenzie Kummer homered in the fourth inning for the Panthers in their victory over the host Tigers on Thursday, May 18. 

Ellsworth scored five runs in the seventh inning. 

Freshman Avery O'Neil had a triple, double and a single in four at bats. 

Area games

Mondovi 8, Elmwood 6

The Buffaloes scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Raiders on Thursday, May 18 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference softball. 

Kali Brathol was 2-for-4 for Elmwood.