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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Prescott High baseball team rallies to beat Somerset

The Prescott High School Baseball Team came back from a 5-1 deficit in the fourth inning by scoring five unanswered runs to beat Somerset 6-5 on an overcast, and blustery cold Tuesday afternoon at Firehall Field in Prescott.

The win is the fifth straight for the Cardinals as they improve to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the Middle Border Conference. PHS is still in a first place tie in the league.

Freshman pitcher Matt Langer came to the mound in the fourth inning and shutdown the Spartans' offense after Somerset cracked eight hits in the first three innings.

"They really hit the ball hard," PHS head coach Jeff Ryan said. "We had to give them a different look and by doing so we were able to get quick innings on defense and get out of the cold and get our bats warmed up without the feeling the kind of pressure hitters sometimes do to try to close the gap with one swing."

Instead, Prescott close that gap with steady offense in the late innings. They plated two runs in the fourth off Brad Schommer's RBI-single which scored Jesse Sommer and Zach Dolan; a run in the fifth when Mike Harris, who got on base with a lead-off double, scored on Peter Brookshaw's RBI-sacirfice; a run in the sixth when Jake Syverson RBI-double scored Brookshaw and the winning run in the seventh when Sommer, who got on base with a lead-off triple into right field, scored on an infield error off Nick Simon's hit.

Dolan, Sommer and Harris all finished with two hits while Syverson had three. 

Langer struck out three batters in three innings of work and got out of a jam in the fifth with two strikeouts plus a pick-off of Somerset pitcher Brett Vetterkind at second, who got on base with a lead-off double. But it was Elliot Deutch who got the win in relief of Langer as he pitched a 1-2-3 innings for the Cards in the top of the seventh.

"Matt throws strikes and he has a lot of baseball savy for a freshman," Ryan said. "Plus, as with all freshmen, they grow up and hopefully get better and he has a lot of potential to do so."

Prescott hosts a non-conference game at home vs. Pine Island, Minn. Thursday and will be back again at Firehall Field Friday for a key MBC match-up against Osceola, a squad they've struggled against in the past few seasons due to the pitching of senior Ethan Freese, who the Cards haven't scored a run off of against in two recent outings.

"He's one of the best in the league and we'll probably see him Friday," Ryan said. "To win, we have to do what we did today, play great defense and find a way to get runners on base and advance them."

First pitch in both Thursday and Friday games at Firehall is at 5 p.m.

Prescott's Peter Brookshaw gets the ball off his bat during Tuesday's contest vs. Somerset at Firehall Field in Prescott.

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