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Friday, April 8, 2016

PHS season opener a downer as Cards lose to Ellsworth 12-5.

The Prescott High School baseball team was beaten by Ellsworth in its season opener 12-5 Thursday at Firehall Field.

The Cardinals tried to overcome a shaky start in the first inning as the Panthers scored five runs on just one hit in the first inning thanks to a pair of walks and hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded. Chances to score runs with a pair of base runners in the third and fourth innings to get back in the ballgames came and went and Ellsworth began piling up runs again in the sixth, leading 11-1 and nearly coming within an out of 10-running PHS at home before the Cards scored four runs on four hits.

Jake Syverson led Prescott with two hits and Bo Smith had three RBIs, including a two-RBI single in the sixth.  Mike Harris and Luke Murphy also had hits for the Redbirds.

PHS will go for its first win when they face Durand Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Firehall Field. PHS also plays Minneapolis Southwest Monday at 4:45 p.m, also at home.

See more on this game and the weekend in baseball for PHS in next week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands next Wednesday.

PHS Head Baseball Coach Jeff Ryan and former PHS coach and current EHS coach Steve Block confer before Thursday's game. Block won his 400th game with Ellsworth's 12-5 win in the Highway 10 rivalry and Prescott's season opener. Photo by Jason Strangis

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