CUMBERLAND — After winning a pair of regional games by pretty convincing margins, the Mounder baseball team ran into a buzz saw when they traveled to Cumberland to face the Durand Panthers in a Division 3 sectional semi-final game June 8.
After defeating the Panthers 8-1 way back in April, the Mounders came up against a much improved team who had won 11 of their past 14 games, and ended up being knocked out 11-1 in six innings. The loss ended the Mounders’ season with a 17-5 record and with Durand entering the Large Dunn-St. Croix Conference in place of St. Croix Central next year, it looks like the competition may be pretty tough for all concerned in the next few years.
Knowing they had to win the first game to get to the finals, Elk Mound had Brandon Bohl with his 11-2 record on the mound while Durand put their ace Hunter Black out there. The Mounders staked an early 1-0 lead off Black in the top of the first when Cole Tyman brought Trey Mohr in on a sacrifice fly but Durand tied it up in the second, added a go ahead run in the third then took a 6-1 lead after four innings. The Mounders had been coming up with a big inning offensively in several of their wins this year but the bats were silenced in this game as they collected only two hits in the contest. Durand tagged Bohl and reliever Mohr for five more runs in the sixth to end the game early.
Alex Hollister and Hunter Adleman had the only hits for the Mounders while Bohl was dealt the loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Mohr gave up three runs with three hits and a pair of Ks and walks each.
“We were just inexperienced for being on the big stage,” Mounder coach Paul Andrea said. “We did not get it done in all phases of the game but the kids got a taste of what it will be like next year.The Mounders have made it to sectionals five of the last seven years and three of those years we lost to the eventual state champion. We will be back in 2016,” he added.
NOTE: Durand lost the sectional final game to Chequamegon 4-2, but Spring Valley, the Small D-SC Conference champions moved on to the D 4 state tournament with wins over Greenwood and Shell Lake.
ELK MOUND 1 0 0 0 0 0 – 1
DURAND 0 1 1 4 0 5 – 11