Mounders pull off big win over Prescott

PRESCOTT — By the way the Elk Mound baseball team started the long awaited 2013 season, it could be a pretty good one for them.

The Mounders went into extra innings to take an 11-5 win over the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, the Prescott Cardinals. The game was played on the Cardinals home field April 26.

Garett Phillips started things off with a bang, slamming a homerun in the Mounder’s first at bat of the year. Dan Bachman added a two run double in the second inning to help his team take a 5-0 lead, but the Cardinals picked up four runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth with a tough hop ground ball, some walks and some hit batters by the Elk Mound pitchers. The score was tied at 5-5 at the end of seven innings.

The Mounders made six runs in the eighth inning, however, with Bachman coming up big again with a two run hit. With Nate Spehle on the mound, the Prescott batters were shut down at the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

Hunter Dicus added a 3 for 5 performance at the plate. Nick Heit was 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI. Phillips was 2 for 5 with two RBI and crossed the plate twice, and Seth Kruger, Hunter Kohls and Alec Winter all scored twice.

Phillips started on the mound, going four innings and allowing four runs on three hits, with a couple of strikeouts and three walks. Kohls earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits with six Ks and three walks.

“Prescott is the defending D3 state champion and I was proud of the guys for beating them on their home field,” Coach Paul Andrea said.

“Phillips and Spehle both battled through early season control problems and fatigue in the first time outside of the gym this year. There were some mistakes made but they can be corrected by getting reps on an actual field. Since the number of games has been cut down with weather issues, every game is going to be important and valuable,” he added.

The Mounders are scheduled to host Colfax in a double header Thursday, May 2, at the Lions Field at 4:30 p.m.

Elk Mound 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 –11

Prescott 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0  5