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Friday, May 27, 2016

PHS softball team's season ends in regional final

BALDWIN - The Prescott High School softball team had its terrific season ended in the regional final for the second season in a row, by the same team and in the same weather conditions.

Baldwin-Woodville topped the Cardinals 10-2 Friday afternoon at Millpond Park under a steady rainfall for almost the entire ballgame.

PHS was down 2-0 early on but score its first run in the fifth inning to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1 when freshman second baseman McKenzie Carey scored on an infield error.

But a lead-off home run in  the bottom of the inning by B-W's Hannah Zevenbergen was the start of the six-run, six-hit inning for the home team which punched their led up to 8-1. B-W batters hit an RBI-double and RBI-triple during the inning.

Prescott also didn't help their cause by committing six errors in the ballgame.

"We needed to play a clean game like the last time we were here (a 2-1 PHS victory which made them Middle Border Conference co-champs with B-W) and we didn't," Prescott coach Matt Smith said. "They took advantage of our mistakes."

The Cardinal scored its final run of the season in the top of the sixth when Kaili Wescott plated on Haley Miner's RBI-single. But the 'Hawks, 20-6 overall, responded again with two more runs in their last at bats in the sixth.

PHS finished 23-2 overall, their only losses to Baldwin-Woodville, which won its seventh straight regional title while PHS lost its third straight regional final.

See more on this story in next week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.

Prescott second baseman McKenzie Carey after getting an out at first during a bunt attempt by B-W's Brooke Evenson.

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