Ellsworth capped off the inaugural baseball bash in style with a victory over rival Bay City with a 5-2 victory Saturday, July 15 at Bob Young Field in Summit Park.
The Hubbers got a complete game for the second consecutive night. Rob Heller went the distance Saturday and Mitch Johnson did the same in a 9-1 victory over Plum City Friday. Heller struck out seven batters and gave up seven hits. Johnson struck out six batters and gave up six hits.
"The key for us this weekend started with pitching," player-manager Jeremiah Paulson said. "To get complete games from both Mitch Johnson and Rob Heller was huge for us."
Ellsworth center fielder Dennis Schutz hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give the Hubbers a 2-0 lead over Bay City.
Mitch Johnson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the seventh inning to help stretch the lead.
Bay City’s leading hitter was Forrest Schneider, who hit two doubles in five at bats.
Jordan Eggenberger threw five innings and was given the loss.
Ellsworth left fielder Nate Hove led the offensive attack against Plum City. Hove went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases.
In both games, the Hubbers gave their pitchers leads early in the game. Ellsworth never trailed this weekend.
"I think the key for us is to get the offense going early," Paulson said. "Both games this weekend we played with the lead. It allows the pitchers and defense to play with less stress. We played with a lot of confidence this weekend."Other games Elmwood 13, Spring Valley 3
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Chad Fox was credited with the win.Spring Valley 4, River Falls 3
The Hawks held off the Fighting Fish in the bottom of the ninth inning for the victory Saturday, July 15.Prescott 2, Bay City 0
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