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By Amber Hayden
The Elk Mound baseball team has tried to string together a few wins this season with little success.
After blanking Pepin/Alma 7-0 at home last Tuesday, April 23, the Mounders dropped both games in last Friday’s double header in Spring Valley, losing to the Cardinals 2-10 in the first game and 4-10 in the evening finale.
The first game of the week for Elk Mound would be at home against Pepin/Alma and the Mounders were able to take a “W” by a score of 7-0 against the Eagles. Blaze Todd got the win for Elk Mound as he threw all seven innings and gave up no walks.
Elk Mound traveled to Spring Valley on Friday, April 26, to take part in a double header after the Monday night game against the Cardinals had been canceled. It was a tough outing for the Mounders as they came up short in both games, giving up ten runs per game to the Cardinals.
Currently 2-3 in conference play and 2-4 overall, the Mounders kicked off this week hosting Colfax this past Monday, April 29, and then will continue their four-game home stand against Durand this Friday May 2. Elk Mound is at home for two more games with Boyceville visiting on Friday, May 3 and Elmwood/Plum City next Monday, May 6.
The Mounders fought their way to a win last Tuesday evening, April 23, against the Pepin/Alma Eagles as they took the victory 7-0.
Blaze Todd earned the win on the mound as he gave up only four hits in the seven inning game, Todd was also two-of-four from the plate and was able to bring in three RBIs on his two hits.
Also gaining RBIs against the Eagles were teammates Nate Lew and Chase Rhude. Lew was one-of-three from the plate with two RBIs and a run while Rhude was one-of-four with a run.
Ethan Kaanta was walked on base for each of his plate appearances against Pepin/Alma and was able to score a run.
Stepping up to earn a run for Elk Mound were teammates Ryan Bohl and James Javanovich, each of them had one run. Bohl also had a hit and a walk while Javanovich had a walk and one strikeout.
ELK MOUND 7, PEPIN/ALMA 0
Elk Mound.….….….……0 0 2 5 0 0 0– 7
Pepin/Alma.….….….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Elk Mound (7) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 4-1-1, Brett Rosenthal 1-0-0, Ben Heath 1-0-0, Andrew Williams 3-1-1, Ryan Bohl 3-1-1, James Javanovich 1-0-1, Nate Lew 3-1-1, Cole Steinhorst 1-0-1, Brett Lew 4-1-1, Blaze Todd 4-2-0, Ethan Kaanta 0-0-1. Total 25-6-7.
Pepin/Alma (0) AB-H-R: Jordan Pearson 3-1-0, Dawson Alme 3-0-0, Roman Engstrand 3-0-0, Schuyler Vaicius 2-0-0, Ethan Brecka 3-1-0, Thomas Milton 3-1-0, Sam Erickson 2-0-0, Colton Brecka 2-1-0. Total 21-4-0.
Elk Mound — Blaze Todd 7 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Pepin/Alma — Jordan Pearson 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 R (0 earned), Roman Engstrand 5 IP, 8 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 4 R, Thomas Milton 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 R (1 earned).
Spring Valley–Game 1
The Mounders had a tough go of things in last Friday’s double header against the Cardinals in Spring Valley.
Elk Mound collected only six hits to Spring Valley’s 15 in the 10-2 loss in the game one opener.
Blaze Todd was back on the mound for Elk Mound and took the loss as he gave up 8 runs and 10 hits. Todd did manage to strikeout four Cardinal batters in his two and one-third innings pitched.
Mounders teammates Brett Lew and Aidan Balts were the only two batters to gain runs against the Cardinals in the fourth inning, Lew and Balts each had one hit as well.
Cole Steinhorst and Cole Baskin each earned an RBI for Elk Mound as well.
ELK MOUND 2, SPRING VALLEY 10
Elk Mound….….….….……0 0 0 2 0 0 0– 2
Spring Valley.….….….…..0 2 6 0 2 0 0 – 10
Elk Mound (2) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 3-1-0, Ben Heath 1-1-0, Andrew Williams 1-0-0, Ryan Bohl 2-0-0, Nate Lew 3-0-0, Cole Steinhorst 2-0-0, Brett Lew 3-1-1, Aidan Balts 2-1-1, Blaze Todd 1-0-0, Ethan Kaanta 2-1-0, Cole Baskin 1-1-0. Total 21-6-2.
Spring Valley (10) AB-H-R: Carter Deppa 4-3-3, Aaron Borgerding 3-2-1, Michael 4-3-1, Santana Schlegel 3-0-0, Nolan Stans 4-3-1, Connor Ducklow 4-2-1, Jon Fogarty 3-2-2, Brayden Wolf 1-0-1, Brady Bednarek 2-0-0, Luke Walkky 1-0-0. Total 29-15-10.
Elk Mound— Cole Steinhorst 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 R (2 earned), Blaze Todd 2 1/3 IP, 10 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 8 R (4 earned); Spring Valley— Michael Bauer 5 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 R (2 earned).
Spring Valley–Game 2
Elk Mound was a bit more proactive in the second game on Friday, April 26, as they were able to gain four runs to the Cardinals ten.
James Javanovich took to the mound for Elk Mound and struck out two batters while walking three and giving up one home run, Javanovich was one-of-two at the plate with a run as well.
There were three RBIs for Elk Mound from Brett Lew, Blaze Todd and Nate Lew. Todd was one-of-three at the plate while the Lew brothers had three hits, one walk and one run between them.
Chase Rhude and Andrew Williams were the only other Mounders who scored. Rhude had a run and a walk against the Cardinals and Williams had one run.
Aiden Balts and Ben Heath were able to get walks from Cardinals’ pitcher Aaron Borgerding, but were unable to score.
ELK MOUND 4, SPRING VALLEY 10
Elk Mound….….….….……2 1 1 0 0 0 0– 4
Spring Valley.….….….…..3 0 4 3 0 0 0– 10
Elk Mound (4) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 2-0-1, Brett Rosenthal 2-0-0, Ben Heath 2-0-0, Andrew Williams 0-0-1, Ryan Bohl 3-0-0, James Javanovich 2-1-1, Nate Lew 3-2-1, Cole Steinhorst 1-0-0, Brett Lew 2-2-0, Aidan Balts 1-0-0, Blaze Todd 3-1-0. Total 21-6-4.
Spring Valley (10) AB-H-R: Carter Deppa 4-2-1, Aaron Borgerding 3-0-1, Michael Bauer 0-0-2, Logan Dicus 0-0-1, Santana Schlegel 2-1-1, Nolan Stans 2-1-1, Connor Ducklow 2-1-1, Jon Fogarty 2-0-1, Brayden Wolf 3-2-1, Charlie Maier 2-2-0. Total 26-9-10.
Pitching: Elk Mound — James Javanovich 4 IP, 9 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 10 R (8 earned); Spring Valley — Aaron Borgerding 5 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 4 R (3 earned).