After beating Colfax by just one run the first time they played this year, the Elk Mound baseball team took care of business the second time around by scoring early and riding the arm of Brandon Bohl as they won 6-0 in a Monday afternoon game played under cold and windy conditions in Colfax May 18. But three days later, the Mounders’ bats were silenced as they were shutout 3-0 by Pepin-Alma while the Vikings trounced the Glenwood City Hilltoppers 12-2.
Bohl walked five Vikings throughout the contest but held them hitless until the seventh inning when Zach Meyer singled to lead off the inning. By that time the Mounders had their six runs and Bohl put the next three Vikings down on a strikeout and a pair of routine outs.
Trey Mohr and Dane Lew started things off with fly balls that landed in the outfield for base hits and Cole Tyman banged a solid single off Colfax pitcher Logan Mittelstadt to bring both runners home. With no outs, Mittelstadt found his groove and forced a fly ball out and whiffed the next two Mounders to end the inning. Bohl was a little inconsistent in the second inning as he alternated three strikeouts with a pair of walks, leaving two Vikings stranded on the basepaths. Elk Mound added a run in their half of the inning when Grant Kjellberg reached on a Colfax error, moved up on a walk to Mohr and was plated on a basehit by Lew.
Nate Leibfried worked Bohl for a one out walk in the third but was erased on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jeremiah Wait. Wait stole second but didn’t get any further when Bohl fielded a ground ball and threw to first for the third out. Sawyer DeMoe drew another one out walk in the fourth and Bohl took care of business again as he fielded another grounder for an out and struck out the next Viking.
“We were facing a good pitcher and we couldn’t get the job done,” Colfax coach Tim Wilson said.
Hunter Adleman started things off in the bottom of the fourth by taking a walk, stealing second and scoring on a base hit by Carter Pritchard. Kjellberg battled Mittelstadt and ended up walking, and after a pair of fly ball outs, Tyman came up with yet another clutch hit as his double to the fence brought in another run for the Mounders, putting them up 5-0. A ground ball to second ended the inning with Tyman on second. The Vikings failed to take advantage of another one out walk drawn by Brett Johnson in the sixth and with DeMoe now on the mound for them, Elk Mound added a final run when Pritchard came home after singling and scoring on another hit by Tyman. DeMoe put the Mounders down in order in the sixth and as mentioned before, Bohl lost his no hitter but finished off the shutout, collecting 10 strikeouts in the contest.
“Brandon had a few blips there when he walked some batters but he was able to battle back and shut down some pretty good Colfax hitters,” Elk Mound coach Paul Andrea said. “I wasn’t even aware he had a no hitter going until I heard the Colfax kids cheering when they got their hit in the seventh.”
Tyman finished 3 for 4 to lead the Mounder offense with four RBI while Lew was 2 for 2 with one RBI and Pritchard went 2 for 3 with the other RBI.
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
ELK MOUND 2 1 0 2 0 1 X – 6
It was the Mounders’ turn to be held hitless as P-A hurler Sam Mueller kept them off the scoreboard by whiffing 10 batters along the way. Elk Mound drew five free passes in the game but couldn’t bring anyone in, and defensively they had four errors in the contest.
Mohr allowed seven hits, struck out seven batters and walked four to absorb the loss. Although P-A is in the Small Dunn-St. Croix Conference, the loss counts as a conference loss for the Mounders and they are now one game back of St. Croix Central at 9-3. Both teams have one more conference game to play.
“You have to be consistent at the plate all season long to win a conference championship,” Andrea said. “And we are far from that. Although we beat Central both games, they deserve to win the conference. I hope our team can bounce back after this loss,” he added.
ELK MOUND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
PEPIN-ALMA 1 0 0 2 0 0 X – 3
The Vikings bounced back quite nicely from their loss to Elk Mound as DeMoe pitched a three hitter and whiffed 10 Toppers while walking only four batters for the win. Nate Leibfried started the game with a bang, smacking a triple and was quickly plated by Jarrod Rudi’s triple for a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Johnson reached on an error, Leibfried singled, Wait walked, Rudi doubled and DeMoe smacked a homerun before an out was recorded and Colfax was up 6-0. Leibfried, Wait and Rudi all came home in the fourth and the top of the order did more damage in the sixth when Wait, Rudi and DeMoe all scored with Wait banging a single, Rudi adding another two base hit, DeMoe reached on an error and Trevor Olson spanked a double.
Rudi finished 4 for 4 on the night with five RBI, Leibfried was 2 for 3 with three RBI, Olson brought in two runs and DeMoe was 2 for 4 with three RBI.
COLFAX 1 0 5 3 0 3 – 12
GLENWOOD CITY 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0