After losing the conference championship to Boyceville last year, the Elk Mound baseball team made sure the Bulldogs knew who was in charge this year as they won both ends of a double header in Boyceville 11-2 and 18-1 May 10. The games were originally scheduled as separate games and had been postponed a couple of times due to weather conditions, forcing the double header.
The Mounders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and although Elk Mound hurler Garett Phillips gave up two runs to the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning, he was in control the rest of the game. Phillips surrendered just five hits in the five innings he pitched, striking out eight batters and not walking any. He helped his own cause, batting 4 for 4 with an RBI and his teammates gave him plenty of support as they scored three more times in the second inning and put the game away with five more in the third.
Alec Winter cracked a home-run and a single to pick up two RBI while Dan Bachman, Hunter Kohls and Hunter Dicus all had a pair of hits in the win. Kohls and Dicus both added two RBI.
Elk Mound 2 3 5 0 1 – 11
Boyceville 2 0 0 0 0 – 2
There was no doubt about the outcome of this game as the Mounders scored early and often, starting with three runs in the first and increasing their run total by one in each of the next three innings. Winter and Bachman led the hitting barrage, both going 3 for 3 with Bachman bringing in four runs. Dicus did him one better however, knocking in five runs on two hits while Nick Heit was 2 for 2 with three RBI. As a team, Elk Mound slammed 15 hits including five doubles off the young Bulldog pitching staff.
Dicus picked up the win, throwing the first three innings and not allowing any hits or walks while whiffing six Bulldogs and Nate Spehle pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit and the only run.
Boyceville 0 0 0 1 0 – 1
Elk Mound 3 4 5 6 X – 18