Baseball: Fundamentals pay off for Cardinals; Panthers and Wolves still searching for first wins
The St. Croix Central Panthers may have outhit the Prescott Cardinals on Tuesday, April 16, but the Cardinals' fundamentals on the mound and in the field allowed them to come away with an 8-7 Middle Border Conference win.
Prescott's (6-1 overall, 2-1 Middle Border Conference) Cody Rohl and Matthew Langer only walked three SCC (3-3, 1-1) batters on Tuesday night, but the three SCC pitchers who took the mound gave up nine total free bases. SCC's pitching also recorded two wild pitches, one of which allowed the Cardinals to score the go-ahead run.
Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth, Prescott senior Jonah Anderson reached on an error by SCC's shortstop. Anderson went on to give the Cardinals their final run of the night by scoring on a wild pitch tossed by Derek Myer.
Langer gave up a single to Nate Berends — who was 3-for-3 against Prescott's pitching staff — in the top of the seventh, but two strikeouts and a fly out settled things in Prescott's favor.
The Panthers recorded four errors in the field while the Cardinals kept things clean at Firehall Field.
Leadoff hitter Noah Matzek contributed two of the Cardinals' six hits, and Hunter Daymond was responsible for three of Prescott's five RBI on the night.
Rohl pitched the first four innings for the Cardinals and allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out six batters before being relieved by Langer who also recorded six strikeouts during his three innings on the mound. The reliever surrendered three runs on five hits in the final three innings of the night.
The Cardinals are scheduled to travel to Somerset (5-2, 1-1) on Thursday, April 18.
Osceola 7, Ellsworth 3
The Ellsworth Panthers dug themselves a hole in the second inning of their away game against Osceola and were unable to find any solutions to mount a comeback as the night went on.
The Panthers (0-3, 0-3) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second after Ian Matzek scored on an error and Jack Voelker stole home, but the Chieftains (1-2, 1-1) responded with a four-run half inning that featured two Osceola singles and an Ellsworth error.
The Chieftains extended their lead with runs in the third and fifth innings, while Ellsworth only managed to reach home once more; Caleb Boelter scored in the top of the fifth after an Osceola error was committed at third base.
Boelter took the loss after allowing six runs on four hits in the first two innings of the game. He was relieved by Jared Marson who held the Chieftains to one run in his four innings on the mound.
Ellsworth managed seven hits against Osceola's pitching staff and was led by Lucas Kemmerer who went 2-for-3 at the plate. Shane Lange added a bright spot for the Panthers' offense by doubling in the bottom of the sixth and bringing Lucas Mallon to third base, but a fly out and double play kept the Panthers from narrowing the deficit late in the game.
The Panthers will host the Amery Warriors (2-1, 1-1) on Thursday, April 18.
Boyceville 12, Elmwood/Plum City 2
Finding the strike zone was a problem for the Elmwood/Plum City pitchers on Tuesday, April 16.
EPC's three pitchers only allowed three Boyceville hits but walked 11 batters on Tuesday night in their team's 12-2 five-inning loss.
Junior Zack Phillips took the Wolves' (0-3 overall, 0-3 Dunn-St. Croix Conference) loss after giving up five runs on one hit and walking four batters in the first two innings of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference matchup.
The Wolves matched the Bulldogs' (3-0, 3-0) hit total and were led at the plate by Basil Gilles who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
On a positive note, the Wolves only committed one error in the field. The Bulldogs committed two errant plays on their home field.
EPC will look for its first win of the season on Thursday, April 18, when the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (0-3, 0-3) host the Wolves for a DSC matchup.