After winning all three of their games last week, the Elk Mound baseball team found themselves in a tie for the Large Dunn-St. Croix Conference lead with Mondovi with a 7-2 record. After blasting Boyceville 11-1 on May 12, they squared off against Mondovi a day later and pulled out a 3-2 win, then ended the week with an extra inning win over St. Croix Central 8-7.
Elk Mound took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Hunter Kohls singled and stole second base, moved to third on a Ryan Conlin single and both runners came home on a Boyceville infield error. They tacked on two more runs in the fourth when Brandon Bohl drew a walk and moved up on Conlin’s basehit. Conlin was out on second on a fielders choice and Bohl and Marcus Klug crossed the plate on a Dane Lew single.
Boyceville had the bases loaded in the fourth inning but a slick double play starting with a ground ball to Lew at shortstop who threw to second baseman Conlin who relayed to Bohl at first ended the threat. The Mounders put the game away with four runs in the fifth when Mohr drew an opening walk and went to third on a bad throw by the catcher, then scored on another Bulldog error off the bat of Cole Tyman. Jon Storing drew a base on balls as did Kohls to load the bases and Tyman came home on another fielders choice. Conlin then smacked a two RBI single to make the score 8-0. The game ended in the sixth inning after the first three Elk Mound batters all had free passes and Storing doubled to bring two runners in. Kohls then banged a single to knock Tyman in for the 10 run lead.
Conlin finished 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs, Storing was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Kohls also had a couple of hits in three at bats to bring a run in. Tyman was the winning pitcher, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
ELK MOUND 0 2 0 2 4 3 – 11
Playing on their home field, the Mounders were down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth but came up with a pair of runs to knot the score on a double by Alex Hollister. After Conlin led off the seventh inning with a single, he advanced to third and came home with the winning run on an infield single by Trey Mohr.
Mohr and Alex Hollister were both 2 for 3 in the game while Conlin was 1 for 3. Bohl continued his mastery on the mound, throwing a six hitter with 11 Ks and just two walks.
“This was a big win for our young team and showed them they are capable of beating and competing with anyone if they keep their focus for seven full innings,” Elk Mound coach Paul Andrea said.
MONDOVI 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 – 2
ELK MOUND 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 – 3
St. Croix Central
The Mounders were behind 3-2 and 6-3 before they came up with three fourth inning runs for a 6-6 tie. Central came up with a run in the next inning however and held the lead until the bottom of the seventh. Hollister led off with a single and moved up on a Storing single, then ended up scoring on a Panther error off the bat of Bohl to knot the game up. In the bottom of the ninth Hollister was the man of the hour again as he started the inning off with another single. Storing then reached on a fielder’s choice and Central intentionally walked Conlin to load the bases, and with a drawn in infield, Bohl sent a shot to the third baseman who couldn’t make a play, allowing Hollister to come home with the winning run.
Mohr and Hollister were both 3 for 5 in the hitting department with Hollister bringing in two runs. Tyman was 2 for 3 with a trio of RBIs and Bohl was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Tyman started on the mound and gave up six runs then gave way to Mohr who gave up one run. Kohls picked up the win giving up just one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in the final two innings.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 – 7
ELK MOUND 2 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 – 8