The Elk Mound baseball team continued their dominance over Colfax in baseball action when they came to town May 22 for a make up double header May 22. The games were played (finally) under blue skies with temperatures around 65 degrees with the end result being a 9-1 opening game win followed by an 18-3 thrashing in the second game, both in the Mounders favor. The wins kept Elk Mound in a tie for the conference lead with Mondovi.
With their leading pitcher on the mound, Brandon Bohl who already had five wins on the year for Elk Mound, the Vikings knew it would be an uphill battle trying to put together enough hits to score runs. That turned out to be the case as Bohl scattered four hits and struck out eight Vikings while walking only two in the seven inning game, while his teammates were getting plenty of hits to score runs for him, starting in the first inning. Dane Lew singled, Trey Mohr walked and Cole Tyman spanked a double to bring them both in. Alex Hollister drew another walk and after moving around the bases, ended up scoring on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.
Bohl whiffed all three Colfax batters in the second inning and the Mounders added a pair of runs in the third when Lew and Mohr both singled and came home on a base hit from Alex Hollister for a 5-0 lead. They finished off their scoring in the fourth with Tyman coming up with the big blast of the game when he smacked a three run homerun to bring Lew and Mohr in to up the lead to 8-0 and after Ryan Conlin reached on a fielder’s choice, he moved around on a wild pitch and a walk then came home on a ground ball out to make it 9-0.
Colfax pitcher Ethin Keikhafer settled down at this point and held the Mounders scoreless the final two innings, and the Vikings broke up the shutout with a run in the seventh when Zach Meyer reached on a Mounder error and came home on a double off the bat of Jacob Steinke.
Tyman and Lew both had two hits for the Mounders with Tyman bringing in five runs while Hollister had a pair of RBIs. Kiekhafer absorbed the loss for Colfax, giving up seven hits while walking eight batters and throwing two wild pitches.
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
ELK MOUND 3 2 0 4 0 0 X – 9
Things were looking up for the Vikings when starting pitcher Logan Mittelstadt put the Mounders down in order in the top of the first, while his teammates found some pop in their bats with three straight hits by Nate Leibfried, Jarrod Rudi and Kiekhafer to load the bases in their half of the inning. Sawyer DeMoe brought a run in with a fielder’s choice and Nolan Prince sent a smash down the third base line for another RBI. But with bases loaded, Tyman, now on the mound for Elk Mound, struck out a batter and forced a ground out to end the inning.
Mittelstadt had control problems in the second however, walking Hollister and giving up a single to Zach Mohr. But after a fly ball out and a pop up to first, it appeared he may have regained some control. But that wasn’t the case as he hit both Jon Storing and Bohl with a pitch which opened the flood gates for Elk Mound as Lew knotted the score with a base hit, Trey Mohr walked and Tyman brought in two more runs on a single. Hollister drew a walk, Zach Mohr singled and with two outs, Storing and Bohl both came home to give the Mounders a 7-2 lead.
Things quieted down a bit offensively for both teams with Elk Mound holding an 8-3 lead after four innings but the Vikings, on their second pitcher, used two more pitchers and the Mounders tacked on four runs in the fifth and six in the sixth for the final lopsided score.
Zach Mohr, Tyman, Marcus Klug and Lew all finished with a pair of hits with Tyman again doing a lot of damage with four RBIs while Lew brought three runs in. Tyman took the win, giving up six hits with three Ks and one walk, while Mittelstadt absorbed the loss as he allowed seven runs on just three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Leibfried, Rudi and Brett Prince all saw action on the mound and combined to give up 11 runs with eight walks.
ELK MOUND 0 7 1 0 4 6 – 18
COLFAX 2 0 0 1 0 0 – 3