In a showdown in what could have led to a conference championship, the Elk Mound baseball team traveled to Mondovi a day later then planned due to a pouring rain on the scheduled day, and ended up losing to the Buffaloes 10-4 May 28.
The loss put the Mounders one game back in the loss column in conference play and they needed some help from Spring Valley if they were going to have a chance at defending their conference title. But any hopes for that evaporated when Mondovi beat Spring Valley 6-3 to give them the title outright.
Elk Mound played a non-conference tune up game for regional play when they went to Chippewa Falls to take on McDonell Central for a Friday night game and ended the regular season with a 4-3 win. They will begin regional play Wednesday, June 4 as the number two seed at home against the winner of Stanley-Boyd and Cadott.
Both teams were 9-2 in conference play when the game started but after the Mounders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Buffaloes responded with two runs in their half of the inning. Elk Mound knotted the score with another single run in the second and tacked on a run in the fourth and the seventh but in between, Mondovi came up with four runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth.
The Mounders collected six hits with Dane Lew going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs while Brandon Bohl, Zach Mohr, Cole Tyman and Marcus Klug all had one hit. Bohl took the loss throwing 2 2/3 innings giving up six runs on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Hunter Kohls took over for him and allowed three runs on three hits with a K and a walk and Trey Mohr finished up the game giving up the final run and also had one K and one walk.
ELK MOUND 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 – 4
MONDOVI 2 0 4 3 1 0 X – 0
The game was knotted at one all heading into the top of the fifth before the Mounders came up with a run then added a pair in the sixth for a 4-1 lead. Central put a scare into them when they came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh but Elk Mound managed to hold on for the win.
Klug was the only Mounder with more then one of their eight hits, going 2 for 3 and bringing in three runs. Tyman pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits with three Ks and two free passes while Bohl threw one inning and allowed two runs on two hits with both a walk and a strikeout.
ELK MOUND 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 – 4
McDONELL CENTRAL 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 – 3