By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — It was a stunning week for Elk Mound’s baseball team.
After beating rival Colfax earlier in the week, the Mounders earned two more wins in the D-SC beating Durand and D-SC co-leader Boyceville. All the wins came at home.
With the wins, the Mounders have moved into fourth place in the conference with a record of 5-3 and is 5-4 overall.
The Mounders dispatched the Vikings 8-1 (see separate story) on Monday April 29 and followed it with a 4-1 win against Durand on Thursday, May 2, for a conference sweep of the Panthers.
Elk Mound then shocked Boyceville and the rest of the Dunn-St. Croix by shutting out the first-place Bulldogs 3-0 the following evening, May 3, as Blaze Todd gave up only five hits to hard-hitting Boyceville.
The Mounders wrapped up a four-game homestand this past Monday, May 6 when Elmwood/Plum City was in town. Elk Mound will be in Glenwood City this Thursday, May 9, for a doubleheader against the Hilltoppers. Elk Mound will return home to host Mondovi on Friday, May 10. The Mounders will be in Pepin to face Pepin/Alma next Monday, May 13 and for rematch against the Bulldogs in Boyceville on Tuesday, May 14.
For the first time in a long time, the Mounders were able to sweep the Durand Panthers during the regular season, said head coach Paul Andrea.
The Mounders had previously won 8-2 back on April 9 and followed it up with a 4-1 win on Thursday evening, May 2.
“James Javanovich pitched a great seven innings and kept his pitch count just under the 100 maximum allowed,” said Andrea.
Javanovich threw 97 pitches for Elk Mound and gave up only five hits and four walks while getting three strikeouts.
Brothers Nate and Brett Lew both went one-of-three at the plate and had one run a piece, Brett also had one RBI for the Mounders and Nate was walked once.
Ethan Kaanta and Cole Steinhorst also scored one run a piece for Elk Mound, Kaanta had a walk while Steinhorst went two-of-three at the plate.
“Our bats came through just enough tonight but we will have to swing them much better against a very good Boyceville team who is in first place,” Andrea explained.
ELK MOUND 4, DURAND 1
Elk Mound.….….….…1 0 2 0 0 1 0– 4
Durand….….….…..…..1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1
Elk Mound (7) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 3-1-0, Ben Heath 3-1-0, Ryan Bohl 2-0-0, Nate Lew 3-1-1, Cole Steinhorst 3-2-1, Brett Lew 3-1-1, Aidan Balts 2-0-0, Blaze Todd 3-0-0, Ethan Kaanta 2-0-1. Total 24-6-4.
Pitching: Elk Mound— James Javanovich 7 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 1 R (1 earned).
For the Elk Mound Mounders, last Friday’s home win over the Boyceville Bulldogs was sweet as they gave the first-place team another loss in the Dunn-St. Croix conference by a score of 3-0.
The game began with a run from Nate Lew when he was walked in by Cole Steinhorst. Lew was one-of-four at the plate with a run and Steinhorst was zero-for-one with two walks and an RBI.
Ethan Kaanta also was credited with an RBI and was one-of-four against the Bulldogs’ pitcher Walker Retz.
Also scoring for the Mounders was James Javanovich and Andrew Williams, Javanovich had one hit in his three at bats and Williams scored when he was brought in as a pinch runner for Elk Mound.
Blaze Todd scattering five Boyceville hits and did not allow a run in seven innings of work on the mound to earn a big win.
ELK MOUND 3, BOYCEVILLE 0
Elk Mound.….….….……0 0 0 0 0 0 0– 0
Boyceville….….…..…..1 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 3
Elk Mound (7) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 2-0-0, Andrew Williams 0-0-1, Ryan Bohl 3-1-0, Nate Lew 4-1-1, James Javanovich 3-1-1, Cole Steinhorst 1-0-0, Brett Lew 2-0-0, Blaze Todd 3-0-0, Ethan Kaanta 4-1-0, Cole Baskin 3-1-0. Total 25-5-3.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Blaze Todd 7 IP, 5 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 R.