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Sunday, May 1, 2016

PHS Softball goes into Monday showdown with Baldwin-Woodville undefeated

The Prescott High School Softball Team enters into its showdown with defending Middle Border Conference champion Baldwin-Woodville a perfect 9-0 after winning a non-conference contest over Durand on Friday 8-1 in Arkansaw.

The game against the Blackhawks will be played Monday at 5 p.m. at Biggs Field in Prescott.

The contest was a rescheduled one from earlier in the season. PHS is 5-0 in the MBC as its league contest vs. Osceola was rained out Thursday and will be made up in a few weeks. Both teams are two games ahead of the rest of the league in the standings.

The Cardinals led from start to finish against the Panthers, who are 10-5 overall. Winning pitcher Kaili Wescott struck out 13 batters, including two in the bottom of the fourth inning with two on and one out. That was Durand's biggest threat in the ballgame.

Wescott and Katie Miller both hit doubles. Sammi Zuehlsdorf drove in a team-best three runs for the Cardinal while Megan Brownell had two RBIs. Both Zuehlsdorf and Molly Hoopingarner had two runs each.

While PHS head coach Matt Smith didn't confidently predict the Cardinals would be undefeated at this point in the season, he was confident the team would be in position to challenge B-W.

"You always wonder where you're at as a team and where you will be," Smith said. "I think we knew we had the talent where if we played sound defense, had good pitching, clutch hitting and didn't give up easy runs or outs, then we would be in a good spot by the time we played (Baldwin) and here we are."

And to beat the 'Hawks PHS just has to keep doing what it's been doing.

"They've had our number these past five seasons and we realize they have a very good team. But hopefully being unbeaten makes realize mentally we're right there with them," Smith said. "And if we play the we way we have been and take advantage of any opportunities they present us, we'll be in position to win the game."

Baldwin-Woodville is 8-4 overall but their losses have come to bigger schools like Eau Claire North and Hudson and established softball powers like Grantsburg. The Blackhawks top batter is Hannah Zevenbergen with a .462 average while their top pitcher is Kayla Furrer.

Prescott's Shelby Murphy crosses home plate vs. Durand.

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