EM baseball team off to slow start

Dropping their first two games of the year is not exactly what the Elk Mound baseball team is accustomed to but that’s how the defending conference and regional champs began the 2014 campaign. Playing both games on the road due to a wet field, the Mounders lost 16-12 to Pepin-Alma on April 10, then lost the next day 9-4 against Fall Creek.

Pepin-Alma

Elk Mound held a slim 2-1 lead after an inning of play but the Eagles had a big six run third inning to take an 8-2 lead. The Mounders exploded for seven runs in the fourth but apparently neither team could shut down the other team’s offense as Pepin-Alma came back with six runs in the sixth for a 16-9 lead. The Mounders came back with three runs in their half of the sixth to get closer but ran out of gas and couldn’t get any more runs home the rest of the way.

Jon Storing and Dane Lew led the Mounders from the plate with two hits each and Storing brought in three runs while Lew knocked in a pair. Hunter Kohls also collected a pair of RBIs. Trey Mohr, Kohls and Brandon Bohl split time on the mound and combined to give up 18 hits with four Ks and three walks. Only seven of the Eagle runs were earned as the Mounders had trouble on the defensive side of the field.

Pepin-Alma   1  1  6  2  0  6  0 – 16
Elk Mound    2  0  0  7  0  3  0 – 12

Fall Creek

The Mounders’ bats were silenced as they collected just five hits in the contest. Lew had two of the hits and Alex Hollister brought in a pair of runs as they were down 9-0 before they came up with three runs in the fifth inning. They tacked on a single run in the sixth but that’s all the runs the team  could muster. Mohr and Lew, both freshmen worked the mound and gave up seven walks and five strikeouts.

“We hadn’t had a practice on a field before our first game,” Elk Mound coach Paul Andrea said. “Mohr and Lew showed their youth in their first varsity action and it hurts when we don’t have older guys with experience. We need to avoid the big inning which is what hurt us in both games.”

Fall Creek   2  0  2  0  5  0  0 – 9
Elk Mound  2  0  0  7  0  3  0 – 12