It appeared the Elk Mound baseball team was taking batting practice when they smacked 14 hits in a five inning 21-2 win over Mondovi on the road April 20, then simply kept the bats rolling while using the arm of Brandon Bohl to win another shortened game at home over St. Croix Central 12-0 three days later. The Mounders are now 7-0 and sit atop of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference all by themselves at 5-0.
It was a relatively close game with the Mounders leading just 5-2 after three innings and after a mild explosion which produced six runs in the fourth, a major explosion followed as they came up with 10 runs, including a grand slam by Cole Tyman, in the fifth to finish things off. Besides the 14 hits, the Mounders drew 11 walks in the game.
Brandon Bohl went 3 for 3 at the plate with five RBIs, Tyman, who has 11 RBIs in the past three conference games, was for 4 for 4 with four RBIs, Alex Hollister ended the day 3 for 4 and crossed homeplate four times, Carter Pritchard had a pair of doubles and three RBIs, Ryan Conlin smacked a double and brought in a pair of runs and Hunter Adleman also brought in two runs.
Tyman went the distance, allowing seven hits, striking out seven Buffalo batters and issuing just one free pass.
ELK MOUND 3 1 1 6 10 — 21
MONDOVI 0 1 1 0 0 — 2
St. Croix Central
With the Panthers being the only other team without a conference loss when they entered the Mounders home field, folks were expecting a close game but that idea was soon put to rest as Elk Mound scored early and often. Starting with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Mounders tacked on two in the second and put the game away with five in the third. They added two more for good measure in the fourth and with Bohl in total control on the mound, the game ended in five innings once again. The Panthers didn’t help themselves by walking seven Mounder batters and committing a couple of fielding errors.
“All phases of our game (pitching, hitting and defense) are very impressive right now,” Mounder coach Paul Andrea said. “A few of our guys have not really gotten it going yet. They are a great group of guys to work with,” he added.
Hollister finished 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs, Bohl helped his cause by knocking in two runs, Tyman also brought a pair of Mounders home with a double and Grant Kjellberg scored three times. Bohl scattered three hits, whiffed seven Panthers and walked one.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
ELK MOUND 0 3 2 5 2 — 12