Baseball: Ellsworth and Prescott let games slip away in single innings; Spring Valley controls throughout game against EPC
The sixth inning started off well for the Ellsworth Panthers in their matchup against the St. Croix Central Panthers on Tuesday, April 9.
Facing a 3-2 deficit, Ellsworth (0-2 overall, 0-2 Middle Border Conference) tied the game in the top of the sixth when Max Mitchell stole home during Cole Woodland’s at bat.
But from there, SCC (3-2, 1-0) dominated at the plate where they recorded eight runs on four hits and took seven walks against Mitchell and Woodland who split time on the mound in the bottom of the sixth.
Ellsworth managed to get out of the sixth inning when Shane Lange caught a fly out but was unable to punch back after SCC’s sixth-inning onslaught.
Mitchell and Matthew Mehrkens recorded Ellsworth’s two hits on the night, while five SCC players connected at the plate in their 10-hit win.
Mitchell took the loss for Ellsworth after allowing five earned runs on two hits in his one inning on the mound. He walked three batters and recorded three strikeouts before being relieved by Woodland.
Caleb Boelter started on the mound for Ellsworth and surrendered one earned run on six hits during his 4 ⅓ innings pitched.
SCC’s Derek Myer earned the win for his Panther squad after holding the visiting Panthers to one earned run in his 1 ⅔ innings on the mound.
Ellsworth will look for its first win of the season on Thursday, April 11, when the Somerset Spartans (5-1, 1-0) come to Summit Park.
Amery 4, Prescott 2
Prescott senior pitcher Matthew Langer struck out the first two Amery batters he faced in the bottom of the Cardinals’ MBC battle on Tuesday night, but the remainder of the half inning was painful for the Cardinals.
Facing two outs and a tie game, Amery (2-0, 1-0) took advantage of two Prescott (5-1, 1-1) errors to score three runs before returning to the field.
Prescott got within two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Amery walked Cody Rohl with the bases loaded, but the Cardinals left three on base before the end of the fifth and tallied 12 left on base throughout the game.
Prescott recorded five hits on the night, two of which came from junior Zach Knee.
Langer took the loss on the mound after the game-changing fifth inning. Noah Matzek pitched the first four innings on the mound for the Cardinals, and Rohl came in for the final two to relieve Langer.
Prescott’s Thursday, April 11, game in New Richmond (3-2, 1-0) has been postponed to Monday, April 29, but the Cardinals are still scheduled to host Grantsburg (0-1) on Friday, April 12.
Spring Valley 14, Elmwood/Plum City 2
The Spring Valley Cardinals ended things early at home on Tuesday night after 10-running the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves in 4 ½ innings.
The Cardinals took a 9-1 lead before the fourth inning and added five runs in the bottom of the fourth to claim their early victory.
Junior Aaron Borgerding claimed the win against the Wolves (0-2 overall, 0-1 Dunn-St. Croix Conference) after pitching the first four innings and allowing zero earned runs on one hit. Borgerding recorded four strikeouts and two walks before being relieved by Nolan Stang who walked one batter and allowed one unearned run.
The Cardinals tallied up 15 hits against the Wolves’ pitching staff and were led by Carter Deppa who was 4-for-4 at the plate.
Zack Phillips was the lone Wolf to record a hit against the Cardinals.
Noah Gansluckner was the night’s losing pitcher after surrendering five earned runs on seven hits in his two innings on the mound. Jackson Glampe took over for the final two innings and gave up four earned runs on eight hits.
EPC committed six errors in the field compared to the Cardinals’ three fielding mistakes.
The Cardinals went on to defeat the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (0-2, 0-2) 11-4 after 10-running the Wolves and are now 2-0 on the season. They’re scheduled to host the Mondovi Buffaloes (3-0, 1-0) on Friday, April 12.
EPC has postponed its remaining games for the week and will host the Elk Mound Mounders (1-1, 1-0) in Plum City on Monday, April 15.