A four-way fight for Middle Border Conference baseball title

Heading into’s Friday’s round of games, there are four teams tied at the top of the Middle Border Conference baseball standings.
New Richmond, Prescott and Somerset were all tabbed as contenders in a highly-discussed off-season. The surprise contender is Amery, which has snuck up on everyone to have a 5-2 record.
There was good reason for the anticipation heading into the season. All three of the pre-season favorites brought back a deep pool of talent.
New Richmond had seniors at every starting position in its opening game and the Tigers a dozen seniors who can be put into the lineup. That’s a rare problem for second-year Tiger coach Chad Fehrman to have.
The Tigers have been solid so far, but not spectacular. In their losses it was their defense and communication which fell apart, not what you would expect from a senior-rich team.
Prescott is led by coach Jeff Ryan, who has one of the finest winning percentages of any high school baseball coach in the state. Prescott isn’t overpowering, but the Cards excel at pouncing on an opponent’s mistakes and turning them into big innings. There are very few opponents who play better fundamental ball than Prescott’s boys do.
Somerset is the gunslinger of the bunch. The Spartans are led by senior left-handed pitchers Jared Dettmann and Sean Conrad. When they are at the top of their game, they can be dominating. Dettmann has already signed a tender to play at the University of Connecticut and there are pro scouts at many of his starts.
The Spartans are a feast-or-famine team. When they look great, they could beat the Minnesota Twins. When they falter, nothing seems to pull them out of the funk until the game is over.
Amery has been sneaking up on the pack in the MBC. The Warriors finally got everyone’s attention when they shocked Prescott 11-1 on May 2. Amery’s boys played together all last season, so they can handle the pressure of the varsity level. The test remains for the Warriors. Will they be able to stay with the leaders now that they’ll be seeing more ace pitchers in the second half of the season.
Most of the MBC teams wrap up their conference schedule with games on Thursday, May 19. That gives us two weeks where there will be plenty of drama in deciding the MBC champion.