Baseball: Spartans flounder in Prescott; Ellsworth finds first win; Spring Valley drops first loss; Wolves hold Hilltoppers under 10 runs, still lose
Hunter Daymond let the Somerset Spartans know they were in for an onslaught early on Thursday night.
The Prescott (7-1 overall, 3-1 Middle Border Conference) senior greeted his first pitch of the night from Aaron Shartin-Folkert by sending it over the left field fence, scoring the Cardinals' first two runs of their 12-2 win.
Daymond recorded two of Prescott's nine hits and was responsible for three of his team's nine RBI.
Daymond wasn't the Spartans' (5-3, 1-2) only problem. Few things went the Spartans' way for the remainder of the night as they tallied up seven errors, gave up nine stolen bases and were held to one hit against Prescott's starting pitcher Dylan Malmlov. Malmlov took the mound for the first four innings of the five-inning game, struck out three batters and held the Spartans to zero earned runs.
Noah Matzek relieved the night's winning pitcher in the top of the 1-2-3 fifth inning. Matzek struck out the first batter he faced and forced the final two into ground outs.
The Cardinals will resume play on Monday, April 22, when they travel to Hudson (0-5) for a non-league game.
Ellsworth 4, Amery 2
The Ellsworth Panthers got their first win of the season out of the way on Thursday night.
The Panthers (1-3, 1-3) created a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, which Amery (2-2, 1-2) was unable to come back from.
Lucas Mallon and Matthew Mehrkens led off with singles before Shane Lange drew a walk, loading the bases before Caleb Boelter stepped up to the plate. Boelter hit an RBI single on his second at bat of the night before Charlie Stuhl doubled to bring Mehrkens and Lange home on the first pitch of his at bat.
Amery scored two runs on a fielder's choice and an Ellsworth error in the top of the third, but Boelter gave the Panthers an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth when he reached home on a passed ball.
The Panthers tallied six hits compared to Amery's four and were led by Cole Woodland who went 2-for-3 against Amery's pitching staff.
Freshman Urban Broadway was credited with Ellsworth's first win of the season after he lasted all seven innings, held the Warriors to one earned run and struck out five batters.
Ellsworth is scheduled to host Baldwin-Woodville (1-1, 1-1) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.
Boyceville 8, Spring Valley 3
A big seventh inning for the Bulldogs cost the Spring Valley Cardinals their undefeated record on Thursday night.
Tied 3-3, Boyceville (4-0, 4-0) produced two singles and took advantage of two Spring Valley (3-1 overall, 3-1 Dunn-St. Croix) errors to take a 5-run lead in the final inning of the night.
The Cardinals had no answer as they responded with a strikeout, ground out and fly out in their last three trips to the plate.
Despite their inability to come up with a hit late in the game, the Cardinals did outhit the Bulldogs and were led by Mike Bauer who went 2-for-4 and recorded an RBI double in the bottom of the first.
However, Bauer's luck ran out on the mound where he gave up two earned runs in the final three innings of the night and was credited with the loss. Aaron Borgerding pitched the first four innings for the Cardinals and allowed three earned runs on two hits.
The Cardinals will return to action on Monday, April 22, when they travel to Elk Mound.
Glenwood City 7, Elmwood/Plum City 1
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves held their opponents under 10 runs for the first time this season on Thursday, April 18, but still weren't able to match Glenwood City's 9-hit offense.
The Hilltoppers (1-3, 1-3) recorded nine hits against EPC's (0-4, 0-4) pitching staff Basil Gilles, Noah Gansluckner and Jarrod Pelzel, while the Wolves were held to five hits against Glenwood City's Hadin Desmith who lasted all seven innings for the home team.
Tyler Maxwell recorded two hits against Desmith to lead the Wolves. Gansluckner earned his team's sole RBI after hitting a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, which brought Dayne Whipple home and ruined Desmith's shutout.
Gilles took the loss for the Wolves after allowing three earned runs on three hits in the first three innings of the night. He also struck out two batters before being relieved by Gansluckner.
EPC will travel to Durand (2-4, 2-4) on Monday, April 22.