The Prescott Pirates are getting set to “play ball” with opening pitch of the 2016 amateur baseball season set for this Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. against Elmwood at Firehall Field.
As usual, the Pirates expect to remain competitive and keep a winning tradition going strong. Two years ago Prescott finally won its first state title, and last year the Pirates won the St. Croix Valley League once again and got all the way to the semifinal round of the state tournament before losing a close game to Sparta in extra innings.
This summer could provide an extra challenge for the Pirates as the team expects to be without the services of slugger Jim French. Another key player, Nick Johnson, might not be able to play until July due to an injured shoulder.
“There’s a little turnover but we’re picking up some younger players from Prescott,” manager Brady Randolph said. “We’re going to rely on a lot of the youngsters this season.”
For more on this story read this week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.