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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prescott baseball team sweeps doubleheader vs. Durand

Prescott swept a doubleheader against Durand. The Cardinals won the first game 3-1, and the second game by a 6-2 final.

With a switch this season to the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, the Panthers were leading their division early in the season. So it appeared to be a good test for Prescott on a nice, sunny but a bit windy afternoon for baseball at Firehall Field in Prescott Saturday.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Durand struck early in the game with a run in the top of first inning. The Panthers threatened to add to their lead in the second inning with runners at second and third with only one out. But Prescott pitcher River Christenson got a big strikeout, and a pop fly out kept the score at 1-0.
That seemed to be a key moment in the game as Prescott scored two times in the bottom of the second inning to grab a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Harris. 

Prescott held on to its 3-1 advantage but in the top of the seventh the Panthers tried to rally and loaded the bases with two outs, but a ground out ended the game and preserved the win for the Cardinals.

In game two, the Cardinals took an early lead and coasted to a 6-2 victory. Severson had two hits with a RBI while Brookshaw also drove in a run. Sommer had a sacrifice fly to score a run while Brad Schommer also got a hit. Left-handed pitcher Dan Knopf had another solid outing on the mound by holding Durand to four hits in five innings.

PHS improves to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the MBC. The Cardinals host Somerset on Tuesday. See more on the PHS's week in baseball in next print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.

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