The Elk Mound baseball team started the week off with a bang, starting with a 12-0 win at Plum City, Monday May 4. Things didn’t go very well when they traveled to Boyceville for a conference game on Thursday, as they lost 2-1 to the Bulldogs, but they finished off the week with a 5-2 win at Prescott a day later. Elk Mound is a game behind St. Croix Central in the conference standings and played at Central May 12.
Brandon Bohl threw a three hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks in the shortened game due to the 10 run rule. Elk Mound took control early with six runs in the first and added runs in the second, fourth and fifth. Jon Storing led the Mounders at the plate batting 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Alex Hollister and Dane Lew were both 2 for 4 with Hollister bringing a run in. Elk Mound collected 12 hits as a team and took advantage of seven walks by the Plum City pitchers.
ELK MOUND 6 2 0 1 3 – 12
PLUM CITY 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
To say the loss was an upset may be an understatement as the Mounders had beat the Bulldogs earlier in the season 8-0. Elk Mound was 7-1 in conference play when the game started and Boyceville was 3-5 but were on a three game winning streak.
Boyceville scored a single run in the first on a base hit combined with a couple of infield errors on the Mounders and they added another run in the second when Luke Knudtson hit a leadoff home run. The Mounders struggled early against Boyceville pitcher James Palmer, who was coming off a 2-0 win over Colfax, and although they finally started making contact off his offspeed pitches, they were hitting it right at the Boyceville fielders. Elk Mound had a runner on second midway through the game and a solid shot looked like it may get over the shortstop’s head, but instead it was snared and the runner was doubled off second.
The Mounders finally put a run up in the seventh when Bohl singled and eventually came home on a ground ball out. Palmer and his defense then finished off the game.
Mohr threw a three hitter with six strikeouts and just one walk and retired the last nine batters he faced. Storing, Lew and Bohl all had one of the three Mounder hits in the game.
ELK MOUND 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
BOYCEVILLE 1 1 0 0 0 0 X – 2
The Cardinals have been a powerhouse in the Middle Border Conference the past few years but the Mounders showed their ability to bounce back from a loss with the win. Elk Mound took a 5-0 lead after the top of the fourth and although Mounder pitcher Bohl got into some trouble by giving up single runs in the fourth and fifth, he managed to get out of the innings and he finished strong, striking out three of the six batters he faced in the last two innings.
Hunter Adleman led the Mounders with a 2 for 3 performance at the plate and Cole Tyman was 2 for 4 with a double. The Mounders spread the RBIs around as Lew, Adleman, Hollister, Mohr and Tyman all had one. Bohl scattered four hits with five Ks and three walks for the win.
ELK MOUND 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 – 5
PRESCOTT 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 2