By Jason Strangis
It was a perfect spring day for baseball, and the Prescott Pirates improved to a perfect 3-0 record with a 10-0 trouncing in seven innings of New Richmond on May 18. The visiting Pirates pounded out 14 hits, while the Millers were held to only one hit the entire afternoon. Prescott starting pitcher Mark Moriarty and reliever Eric Monsen combined their efforts to shut out New Richmond (2-1 SCVL).
The Pirates, meanwhile, had no problem scoring runs in the game. Prescott tallied three times in second inning, three in third and two more in the fourth in building an insurmountable 8-0 advantage. In the top of the sixth, Prescott added two more scores and the game ended shortly after due to the 10-run-lead rule. Ryan Burmiester and Nick Johnson led the Pirates at the plate with three hits each. Johnson smacked a double in the top of the third, starting a big inning for Prescott. Jared Powell drove in two runs with a double in the top of the fourth, while Billy Brookshaw also hit a double. Austin Tulip had a RBI and Jim French and Michael Lytle added hits.
New Richmond’s only hit in the game came in the second inning from starting pitcher Ryan Stephens. He left the mound in the third inning with the Pirates leading 5-0. Prescott’s pitching duo fared much better. Moriarty gave up just one hit through four innings, while the left-handed Monsen shut down the Millers the rest of the way.
The Pirates will compete a tournament in Plum City this weekend.