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Friday, May 20, 2016

PHS Softball tops B-W in 11 innings, claims share of MBC title

BALDWIN - The defending champs don't make it easy to beat them and perhaps there was no other way to do so. And if it meant going well beyond seven innings so be it. The bottom line though is the Prescott High School softball team defeated Baldwin-Woodville 2-1 in 11 innings Thursday at Millpond Park to claim a share of the Middle Border Conference title.

Freshman McKenzie Carey knocked in the winning run in the top of the 11th with a single after Shelby Murphy led off the inning with a double.

Prescott's defense clamped down hard and tight in the bottom half of the inning to score its first win over the Blackhawks, 16-6 overall, since 2010, the last year the Cardinals won the league title before a five-season domination of the league by B-W. PHS's defense and winning pitcher Kaili Wescott got out of two bases loaded situations in the ballgame plus had a tag-out at home plate and a double play off a failed bunt attempt early in the contest.

Prescott has given up just two runs in their past five ballgames and no earned runs at all. The Cards winning streak now extends to 12 games. The team's record is 22-1 overall and 13-1 in the MBC.

See more on the week to a championship by the PHS Softball team in next week's print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands next Wednesday.

The Cardinal squad takes a much needed four-day rest before its next game, the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament contest against Ashland at Biggs Field in Prescott starting at 4:30 p.m. PHS is the No. 3 seed in the tournament and Ashland No. 14. If PHS win they play again Wednesday at home vs. either No. 6 seed Osceola or No. 11 Barron. The regional finals are on Friday, May 27.

WIAA Division 2 Softball Tournament Bracket

Kaili Wescott delivers a pitch during Thursday's Prescott/B-W contest in Baldwin.

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