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St. Croix Central baseball season gets underway

The St. Croix Central baseball team was able to get its season started Monday and the Panthers faced one of the best opponents possible in their season opener.

The Panthers faced Ellsworth on Monday, playing at Ellsworth’s second home field in Hager City. Ellsworth, the two-time defending WIAA Division 2 sectional champion, was able to score an 11-1 win.

Central’s baseball team was extremely young in 2013 and the Panthers are hoping to show considerable improvement this season. The season didn’t start well, with Ellsworth scoring eight runs against the Panthers in the first inning of Monday’s game. After that, Central was able to play competitive ball.

Central put together a couple nice threats late in the game. In the fourth inning, they got runners to second and third with one out, but couldn’t get a run home. In the fifth inning, the Panthers loaded the bases with one out. Senior Logan Nelson singled home freshman Owen Schwechler for the team’s first run of the season, but the Panthers couldn’t get any more out of his golden opportunity.

SCC coach Jason Koele said situational hitting, like the opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings, will be something the team works to improve during upcoming practices.

The Panthers are scheduled to play their first home game of the season this Thursday, with Spring Valley as the visitor. The Panthers will hit the road next Monday for a game at Alma-Pepin.

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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