By Jason Strangis
The Prescott Pirates provided plenty of fireworks for their home fans last Sunday as they blasted Plum City 17-7 in seven innings. The victory kept Prescott perfect in league play with a 10-0 record while boosting the team’s overall record to 13-2. It also kept Prescott undefeated at Firehall Field, where the Pirates are starting to feel almost invincible playing in their friendly confines.
Against Plum City, the Pirates got off to a fast start and took a 6-0 lead after the first inning. Many of Prescott’s runs were unearned, though, as Plum City committed several errors to give the Pirates early command. But shortly after the Pirates had several defensive mistakes of their own, and the Blues scored five times in the second inning. Prescott made four errors in the inning and the Blues were suddenly right back in the game, trailing 6-5.
From there the Pirates settled down and started pulling away from their foes. Jared Powell got momentum back in Prescott’s favor when he hit a solo home run in the second inning and the Pirates were off and running. Prescott added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 13-5. Billy Brookshaw highlighted the inning with a triple with two outs that scored two runs. Jim French knocked a double that scored two runs as well. But the Pirates weren’t done tallying runs, coming up with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Overall, Prescott had 12 hits. Plum City went with three pitchers in the game, and all three struggled at times against Prescott’s strong offense. Several Prescott players had impressive hitting performances. French stayed hot at the plate with three doubles. Logan Johnson smacked two doubles for the home team, and Brady Randolph had two hits and drove in a run.
Pitcher Eric Monson was on the mound for most of the game for Prescott. After Plum City scored five runs (many unearned) in the second inning to get back in the game, Monson held the Blues at bay the rest of the way, allowing just one more hit in six innings that he pitched.