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Softball: Panthers dominate against SCC, claim only Pierce County win of the night

The Ellsworth Panthers recorded 16 hits in the their 3-inning, 17-0 win against the St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, April 18. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

The Ellsworth Panthers didn't waste any time in their 17-0 win against the St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, April 18.

Ellsworth (7-0 overall, 5-0 Middle Border Conference) laid it on the host Panthers by recording 16 hits in three innings to end their Middle Border Conference matchup early.

Avery O'Neil, Brianna Giese and Autumn Earney all recorded three hits and four RBI apiece for Ellsworth. Earney and Giese both tripled before the night was over.

The Panthers' dominant lead also allowed pitcher Reese Nelson to earn some playing time in the circle. Nelson pitched the final inning of Ellsworth's 15-run win and recorded one strikeout while in the circle.

O'Neil pitched the game's first two innings, allowed one hit and struck out six SCC batters.

Ellsworth will resume play on Tuesday, April 23, when Amery (5-1, 3-1) comes to the Ellsworth Middle School fields.

Glenwood City 5, Elmwood/Plum City 0

The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves dropped their first loss of the season on Thursday, April 18, after struggling to get their bats going against Glenwood City's Maggie Wallin.

Wallin held the Wolves (4-1 overall, 4-1 Dunn-St. Croix Conference) to three hits on the night and recorded 13 strikeouts during her seven innings in the circle. EPC senior Kalli Brathol doubled in the top of the seventh while facing two outs, but Wallin sealed the Hilltoppers' (5-2, 5-1) win with her 13th strikeout of the night.

Anna Blanford lasted six innings in the circle for the Wolves, allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out seven batters.

The Wolves will continue their season on Monday, April 22, when they travel to Durand to take on the 3-0 Panthers.

Boyceville 13, Spring Valley 12

Spring Valley managed to outhit their Bulldog hosts on Thursday, April 18, but the Dunn-St. Croix Conference game was decided when the Cardinals struggled to find the strike zone in the seventh inning.

The Cardinals (0-4, 0-3) picked off a runner at third to claim one out in the final half inning of Thursday night's game, but five walks — including one that brought in the winning run — settled things in Boyceville's favor.

Kristine Miller pitched the entire game for the Cardinals and allowed 13 runs on 12 hits while recording nine walks and one strikeout.

The Cardinals took eight walks from Boyceville's pitching staff and kept their offense consistent throughout the game. The Cardinals scored runs in all innings aside from the second and sixth.

Spring Valley recorded 14 total hits and were led by Kate Franzen and Brenna Schreiber who both connected three times at the plate.

The hungry Cardinal team will seek out its first win of the season on Monday, April 22, when it heads to Elk Mound (3-1, 2-0).

Amery 3, Prescott 1

A three-run fifth inning for the host Amery Warriors settled Prescott's second loss of the week and season on Thursday, April 18.

The Cardinals (4-2, 2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth after sophomore Isabella Lenz brought sophomore Sydney Matzek home on a sacrifice fly but weren't able to create much offense going forward.

Freshman Liz Rohl started the top of the fifth with a line drive single to center field, but the Cardinals left her stranded before Amery's go-ahead half inning.

The Cardinals will look to get back on track on Monday, April 22, when they host the River Falls Wildcats (1-4) for a non-league game.

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