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Monday, August 15, 2016

Another WBA state tourney trip for Pirates as they win regional final ballgame

HAUGEN - The Prescott Pirates will make their fifth straight appearance in the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament as they won the regional final match-up against Haugen on the Knights' home field by a 3-2 score Sunday afternoon.

The Pirates, 23-4 overall, extended its winning streak to 15 games as they broke a 0-0 tie in the third inning by plating all three of their runs. Prescott on to that lead for the rest of the ballgame thanks to key strikeouts by winning pitcher Adam Barta, who went all nine innings, and by solid defense from the Pirates in the field.

Prescott will face Osseo, also a No. 1 seed, in the WBA State Tournament quarterfinals Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Merrill. The winner gets either Elmwood, which toppled the La Crosse 35ers 2-1 with a dramatic ninth inning walk-off hit, or Brill in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  The state finals are on Sunday at noon. Another SCVBL team, River Falls, also made the state tournament field, after shutting out LaCrescent, Minn. 9-0 (and not giving up a single run in the regionals). Osceola, just missed getting in as the Braves lost in the regional finals to Whitehall 8-7 also on Sunday in Haugen.  Whitehall faces defending state champion Chaseburg-Coon Valley while River Falls opens state tourney play against last year's state runner-up Sparta on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The WBA tournament bracket can be viewed here.

For more on this story, read the print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands and in town on Wednesday.

Prescott's winning pitcher Adam Barta with a toss during Sunday's regional final contest vs. the Haugen Knights in Haugen.

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