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Mounders bounce pair of Bulldogs to advance to sectionals

After a slow start, the Elk Mound baseball team turned a 3-0 deficit into a 13-3 rout over the Boyceville Bulldogs in a regional semi-final game June 4. The win advanced them to the regional championship game against the Bulldogs from Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and after falling behind yet again, the Mounders recovered to win 7-1 to win the regional championship, which allowed them to move on to the sectional meet in Cumberland Tuesday, June 9 where they faced Durand.

Boyceville

Boyceville defeated the Mounders earlier in the season which gave them one of their three conference losses. This game was delayed a day due to rain and a muddy field, and the Bulldogs came to Elk Mound ready to play. They jumped on starting pitcher Trey Mohr in the top of the first with a couple of base hits combined with two Elk Mound errors for a 3-0 lead. Elk Mound went down in order in their half of the inning but came up with two runs in the second when Alex Hollister drew a walk, Brandon Bohl banged a single, and with two outs, Ryan Conlin brought them both in on a base hit. Carter Pritchard came up with a single but both he and Conlin were left on the basepaths after a groundout.

Mohr fanned two of the three batters he faced in the third and fielded a ground ball in between and from there on out was in control of the game. The Mounders knotted it up in the third when Dane Lew reached on an infield error and while successfully stealing second, was allowed to advance to third when the Boyceville infielder fell on top of him. Cole Tyman then brought him home on a single to left.

As the Mounders so often do, they erupted with seven runs in the fourth, starting with Hunter Adleman drawing a four pitch walk off Boyceville starter Hunter Anderson. Adleman swiped second and moved to third on Jon Storing’s single to right, Ryan Conlin drew another walk and Pritchard sent a solid shot over shortstop to bring two runners in. Mohr bunted and no play was made on him, loading the bases up, and Lew brought in a pair of runs with a base hit up the middle. Hollister doubled to the left field fence to bring another run in, resulting in a pitching change for the Bulldogs. Tyler Stroo unleashed a wild pitch which allowed a runner to come home and Bohl grounded to third for an out but the Mounders tallied their seventh run of the inning on the play, putting them up 10-3.

Mohr gave up a two out double in the fifth but a ground ball out ended the inning. Storing led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and came home on Conlin’s base hit and after a groundout, Mohr took a free pass and the Bulldogs changed pitchers again, and Brett Boda was greeted with an RBI double to the fence by Tyman for a 12-3 lead.

Mohr again struck out the first and third batter with a ground ball out in between in the sixth, and the Mounders ended things early when Bohl and Adleman were hit by a pitch, Storing walked and Conlin collected his fourth RBI rather easily as he drew another walk.

“Anytime you fall behind 3-0 in a game that is one and done, your hearts get beating a little faster,” Elk Mound coach Paul Andrea, who collected his 200th coaching win with this game said. “But our kids stayed calm and Trey handled himself very well after a shaky first inning. We are fortunate to have two number one pitchers (Bohl and Mohr) and we need that when it comes to tournament time.”

Conlin finished 2 for 2 at the plate with four RBIs, Pritchard and Storing were both 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and Lew brought in a couple of runs with a hit. Mohl allowed just four hits with six strikeouts and no walks for the win.

BOYCEVILLE    3  0  0  0  0  0 –3
ELK MOUND   0  2  1  7  2  1 –13

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser

The C-W Bulldogs had defeated Colfax in a game played in a steady rain two days earlier so no doubt they were enjoying the bright sunny day in which the game was played on the Mounder’s field. They pulled out to a 1-0 lead off Mounder hurler Brandon Bohl on a couple of walks, a base hit and an infield error in the top of the first but this time Elk Mound responded right away as they knotted the score in their half of the inning when Lew walked, stole second and came in on Hollister’s base hit.

The Mounders used another big inning to begin pulling away in the third when Tyman, with two outs, started things off with a single to right. Hollister followed with another solid base hit and Bohl drew a walk to load the bases. Adleman sent a hard ground ball to the shortstop and a wild throw to first resulted in Tyman and Hollister scoring. Storing knocked a base hit to left and  the throw from the outfielder landed in the middle of the infield which brought Bohl and Adleman in with Storing ending up on third. Conlin sent a fly ball to deep left field but it was flagged down to end the inning with the Mounders up 5-1.

C-W threatened in the fourth on an infield hit and a free pass by Bohl with two outs, but a fly ball to Adleman in right field left both runners stranded. The Mounders tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth after loading the bases on base hits from Pritchard and Lew and a free pass to Bohl, then Hollister picked up an RBI on a ground out. Their final run came in the sixth when Mohr smacked a single, stole second, moved to third on Lew’s ground ball out and came home on a wild pitch. It was lights out for C-W as Mohr put them down in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, fanning four of the nine batters he faced including the final two to end the game.

“Bohl’s pitch count was getting up there early in the game and that always worries us a little bit,” Andrea said. “But once our defense settled down he was dialed in and finding his spots. We were the team to beat as the number one seed and we had to prove we earned it. Giving up just the one run in the first wasn’t as big a hole to dig out of like the Boyceville game, but with four sophomores in the lineup for us, I was proud of how the team stuck together and made things happen offensively and defensively,” he added.

Bohl scattered three hits, whiffed seven Bulldogs and walked four to pick up his 11th win of the season. Hollister was 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, Storing also brought two runs in and Adleman had the only extra base hit with a double.

CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER  1  0  0  0  0  0  0 – 1
ELK MOUND                             1  0  4  1   0  1   X – 7