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Osceola shuts down Central bats

St. Croix Central's baseball team was hoping to get a winning streak rolling this week.

That can still happen, though it didn't happen Monday. The Panthers ran into one of the top pitchers in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference in Osceola's Ross Benitz on Monday. Benitz held the Panthers to three hits as the Chieftains notched a 5-0 win.

Central pitcher Tyler Cody looked like he was up to matching Benitz in Monday's game. Three Central errors changed all that. All five of Osceola's runs were unearned, with Cody finishing the game with an eight-hitter.

Garrett Ullom, Rance Retherford and Chris Pizzi had Central's hits in the game. The Panthers struck out 11 times in the game.

"Three hits won't win too many games," said Central coach Mike Fern. "We didn't put the ball in play enough to make things happen."

This leaves the Panthers with a 2-3 record in the conference standings.

Showing their clout

The Panthers put together a big win last Thursday. Playing at Colfax, the Panthers notched a 10-2 win.

Coach Fern said several of the players who have been showing signs of breaking out came through with big games. Chris Pizzi contributed a two-run single during Central's four-run first inning. Lee Starck drove home runs in three different plate appearances. That production from the middle of the batting order vastly improves Central's chances for the rest of the season.

It wasn't just the offense that was working for the Panthers. Tyler Cody pitched a gem and the Panther defense only committed one error.

"Tyler pitched probably the best game I've seen him pitch," Fern said. Cody threw a five-hitter, striking out seven while walking one.

No hold over Prescott

Last year it seemed the Panthers had the magic touch against Prescott.That was last year.

Prescott came to Hammond with revenge in mind last Tuesday. Prescott got that revenge, beating the Panthers 12-7.

Adam Reyzer was selected to start against Prescott, after his off-speed pitching kept Prescott hitters off stride last season. This time around, Prescott's batters hit a number of ringing shots off Reyzer, scoring seven runs in five innings against him.

Prescott led 4-1 until Central scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Two of those runs came home when Chris Pizzi ripped a single past the Prescott third baseman.

Prescott then added three more runs in the fourth and never trailed again.

"We just made too many mistakes defensively," Fern said after watching his team make six defensive errors. The Panthers also had problems with uncertainty on the basepaths.

St. Croix Central 10, Colfax 2



Ramberg cf 4-0-2, Cody p 2-2-0, Ullom 1b 3-3-2, Retherford c 2-2-0, Pizzi lf 4-3-1, Starck 3b 4-0-2, Reyzer 2b 3-0-0, Sarnstrom rf 3-0-0, Fedie ss 3-0-0. Totals 28-10-7.


Knutson c 4-0-0, Varnes 2b 4-0-1, Lorenzen 3b 3-1-1, Robertson ss 3-0-0, Mousel p 2-0-0, Berge rf 3-1-1, Albrecht 1b 3-0-0, Parsons dh 3-0-2, Dietsche lf 0-0-0, Berres cf 3-0-0. Totals 28-2-5.

2B-Ramberg. RBI-Pizzi 3, Starck 3, Reyzer.

St. Croix Central 403 000 3=10

Colfax 000 110 0=2


St. Croix Central

Cody (W) 7 5 2 1 1 7

Prescott 12, St. Croix Central 7



Erickson rf 4-1-1, Herold 3b 2-3-1, Ross cf 4-2-2, Schommer c 4-2-1, Block 1b 5-1-2, Tobias ss 4-0-0, Huebreck dh 3-1-1, Krech lf 5-1-4, Magnan 2b 4-0-1, Kele ph 1-1-1. Totals 36-12-14.


Ramberg cf 4-1-2, Cody ss 4-2-0, Ullom 1b 3-2-2, Retherford c 2-1-0, Myer ph 1-1-0, Pizzi rf 3-0-1, Starck 3b 3-0-0, Belisle ph 1-0-0, Reyzer ph 3-0-0, Hartung ph 1-0-0, Sarnstrom lf 1-0-0, Brown lf 2-0-0, Fedie 2b 2-0-0, Katner p 0-0-0. Totals 32-7-5.

2B-Ullom. RBI-Pizzi 3, Belisle, Hartung.

Prescott 310 304 1=12

St. Croix Central 103 100 2=7


St. Croix Central

Reyzer (L) 5 9 7 6 3 2

Ramberg 1 3 4 1 1 2

Katner 1 2 1 0 0 1

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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