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Elk Mound holds on for win over Colfax

ELK MOUND — The Colfax baseball team gave the undefeated Elk Mound team almost more than they could handle when they traveled to the newly renovated Lion’s Park field in Elk Mound April 27. Although it may not have been the slickest game fielding wise or pitching wise the Mounders have played this year, they took advantage of some Colfax misques and stranded 11 Vikings on the basepaths, then came up with enough hits to produce runs and take a 5-4 win, putting their record at 8-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play. Colfax dropped its record to 3-2 in conference and 5-3 overall.

Colfax took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Nate Leibfried reached base on an infield error, moved to second on a basehit by Jarrod Rudi and scored on Trevor Olson’s two out single. Colfax left two runners on base after Mounder starting pitcher Brandon Bohl whiffed the next batter, his second one of the inning.

Trey Mohr started things off offensively for Elk Mound with a single through the infield off Colfax pitcher Logan Mittelstadt and Grant Kjellberg banged another single up the middle. A pop up to Mittlestadt and a force out at third gave the Mounders two outs before Carter Pritchard drew a four pitch walk to load the bases. A routine fly ball to right field was dropped by the Colfax fielder allowing the Mounders to score two runs, but a ground out ended the inning with two runners on base.

After Bohl walked the leadoff batter in the second, he struck out two with a ground ball out in between to leave another Viking stranded. Ethen Kjellberg reached base on another Colfax error, moved up on Mohr’s basehit and came home on Grant Kjellberg’s line drive hit to right. Cole Tyman followed with a fly ball out, allowing Mohr to score on a tag up for a 4-1 Elk Mound lead after two innings.

The Vikings loaded the bases in the third but failed to get a run in as Bohl struck one out then forced a pop up and a fly ball out to get out of the jam. Mittlestadt countered, getting three of the four Mounders he faced in the bottom of the inning out with a walk in the middle that did him no harm. Colfax cut the Mounder’s lead in half in the fourth when Mason Harmon reached on an infield single, moved up on Brett Johnson’s base hit over first base and scored on Jeremiah Wait’s single. With runners on first and third, Bohl, along with his defense came through again as a pop up and strikeout ended the inning. The Mounders left a runner on third in their half of the inning after Mohr walked, stole second and moved up on a ground ball out, but Mittelstadt bore down and whiffed a batter and caught a pop up to end the threat.

Olson came up with a leadoff single in the fifth for the Vikings and advanced to second on a liner to right by Mittelstadt after Bohl struck out a batter in between. Bohl added another K to his stats then forced a ground ball out leaving two more Vikings on base.

Looking for some insurance runs, the Mounders tacked one on in their half of the fifth when Dane Lew reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on a blast to the fence for a double by Jon Storing. Mittelstadt left Storing on second with another strikeout for the third out.

Colfax got two runs back in the sixth off new Mounder pitcher Mohr when Leibfried doubled to center and moved to third when Wait beat out a ground ball to second base. Wait stole second and both runners came home on Rudi’s base hit. But this time it was Mohr’s turn to buckle down as he put the next three Vikings down to leave Rudi stranded.

“Bohl had thrown 100 pitches which is a lot for him,” Elk Mound coach Paul Andrea said. “Colfax was forcing him to throw more than he usually does and we didn’t want to wear his arm out.”

Mittelstadt put the Mounders down in order in the bottom of the inning and Mohr followed suit in the seventh as all three Colfax batters grounded out.

“We just left too many runners out there,” Colfax coach Tim Wilson said. “I thought we played a decent game defensively and Logan threw his best game of the year. But Elk Mound got the runs they needed to earn the win.”

Mohr and Grant Kjellberg both finished 2 for 3 at the plate for the Mounders while Wait, Rudi and Olson were all 2 for 4 for the Vikings. Bohl earned the win allowing eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks while Mittelsadt absorbed the tough loss, giving up six hits with four Ks and four free passes.

COLFAX               1 0 0 1 0 2 0 – 4
ELK MOUND   2 2 0 0 1 0 X – 5