By Jason Strangis
Local rivals Ellsworth and Prescott faced off against each other in the title game of the Plum City Memorial Weekend tournament. The Hubbers came out on top, beating the Pirates 6-2 to claim the eight-team championship. It was Prescott’s first loss of the season after five straight wins. The Pirates started the Plum City tourney with an 8-5 comeback victory over the Menomonie Eagles on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles led 4-0 in the game and looked to be in control, but momentum changed in Prescott’s favor after a controversial call in the third inning led to four Prescott runs. After a double by Nick Johnson scored a run, Jared Powell launched a long ball toward the fence that was run down and snagged by Menomonie’s center fielder. But the umpire ruled he didn’t catch the fly ball, leading to a big inning for Prescott. Jim French and Ryan Burmeister drove in runs to tie the game 4-4 after three innings.
Menomonie added a run in the top of the fifth to go back in front 5-4, but the Pirates countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to grab the lead for good. In the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles had the bases loaded with two outs but failed to score. Prescott added two more insurance runs and held on for the victory.
The Pirates had six hits in the game but were helped by five errors from the Eagles. Menomonie, meanwhile, had eight hits off Prescott pitcher Jesse Tollefson.
On Sunday, the Pirates had a much easier time in cruising past Elmwood 14-1. It was a total team effort as Burmeister, Austin Tulip, Jack Hintz and Michael Lytle led the way at the plate. Pitcher Eric Monson threw five innings and allowed one hit.
In the championship game on Monday, the Pirates were finally beaten by Ellsworth. Adam Barta was on the mound for Prescott.
Other teams competing in Plum City were River Falls, Bay City, Hudson, and host Plum City.