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Softball: Playoff brackets are set for local teams

Claire Kummer (pictured) and the Ellsworth Panthers will face the winner of Rice Lake vs. Osceola on Tuesday, May 21, in the second round of the 2019 WIAA Division 2 softball playoffs. Photo courtesy of Jon Claesson

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association released the 2019 playoff softball brackets for Divisions 2, 3 4 and 5 on Monday, May 13, and now it's up to the Ellsworth, Elmwood/Plum City, Prescott and Spring Valley teams to make the most of their playoff runs.

The Spring Valley Cardinals (0-15) will be the first local team to begin their postseason play. The winless Cardinals received a No. 10 seed in the Division 4 Sectional 1 bracket and will travel to Cadott on Thursday, May 16, to face the No. 7-seeded Hornets at 4:30 p.m.

All other Pierce County teams will begin their playoff runs in the second round of regionals on Tuesday, May 21.

The Ellsworth Panthers boasted a 19-1 record to earn a No. 1 seed in the Division 2 Sectional 1 bracket and will host the winner of No. 8 Rice Lake (5-12) vs. No. 9 Osceola (4-10) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, on their home diamond.

The No. 2-seeded Prescott Cardinals (14-8) will take on the winner of No. 7 Fall Creek (6-10) vs. No. 10 St. Croix Central (4-15) in their first playoff game, which will be held on their home diamond. Prescott was placed in the bottom of the Division 3 Sectional 1 bracket and will have to get through the No. 1-seeded Elk Mound Mounders (17-3) to advance to the sectional finals.

The No. 3-seeded Elmwood/Plum City Wolves (8-5) will also host their first playoff game on Tuesday, May 21, and will have to get past the No. 6-seeded Royall Panthers (7-6) to advance in the Division 5 Sectional 3 bracket.

All brackets can be viewed on the WIAA's website.