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A trio of conference games last week resulted in three more wins for the Elk Mound baseball team.
The Mounders remained unbeaten as it moved to 6-0 in Dunn-St. Croix and overall play with victories over Mondovi, Durand and Spring Valley.
In a contest played at Elk Mound’s Village Park April 25, the Mounders collected a dozen hits in a 6 to 1 win over Mondovi.
The following day, Elk Mound hit the road for a game in Durand and it thoroughly dominated the Panthers racking up another 11 hits in a 14-0 shut out in five innings.
The Mounders capped the week with a 9-5 come-from-behind road victory over conference-contender Spring Valley last Thursday, April 28.
Those wins give the Mounders a one-game edge over Boyceville, who they play next Monday, May 9, and a two-game lead on Spring Valley. Before that, however, Elk Mound hosted Durand this past Monday and then welcomes Elmwood/Plum City this Thursday, May 5. The team also has a non-conference game slated for Friday at Stanley-Boyd.
A three-run second inning is all Elk Mound needed when it hosted Mondovi in a Dunn-St. Croix baseball battle last Monday, April 25.
But, the Mounders would add a few more runs for good measure, tacking on a run in the third and two more in the sixth to secure a 6-1 win.
Kaden Russo started on the mound and went four and two-thirds innings to pick up the win for the Mounders. He gave up three of Mondovi’s four hits and its only run while striking out nine and walking just three. Avery Kaanta threw the final two and a third innings surrendering just a hit and no runs and finished with three Ks.
Jerome Delikowski led the Mounders offensive attack with three hits including two doubles in as many plate appearances and scored twice. Kaanta, Carter Vieth and Ethan Johnson each had a pair of hits. Both of Kaanta’s went for doubles while Vieth and Johnson each finished with a two bagger.
Mondovi scored its only run in the top of the fifth.
Five-run first and second innings propelled the Mounders to 14-0, five-inning shut of host Durand April 26.
Elk Mound completed its scoring with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Delikowski, Vieth and Johnson all hit doubles for a second straight day to lead the Mounder offense which finished with 11 hits. Johnson was a perfect 3-for-3 batting with four RBIs, Vieth went 2-for-2 with four runs scored and two RBIs while Delikowski scored three times and tallied an RBI. Also picking up a hit for the Mounders were Ryan Bartig (2 RBIs), Joseph Javanovich, Kamron Diermeier (stolen base), Kaden Russo, and Avery Kaanta.
Kaanta and Javanovich combined for the three-hit shut out. Kaanta started and went three and a third with six strike outs and no walks to get the win. Javanovich threw the final two and a third surrendering just one hit and getting two Panthers to strike out.
After three scoreless innings of play, host Spring Valley pushed five runs across home plate in the bottom of the fourth in the April 28 contest.
It looked as though that would be more than enough in the key D-SC showdown as Spring Valley maintained that advantage through five innings.
But in the top of the sixth, Elk Mound exploded for seven runs and tacked on two more in the seventh to rally for the 9-5 win.
Carter Vieth, Avery Kaanta and Jerome Delikowski each finished with a pair of hits and a run scored. Vieth cranked a home run and had a pair of RBIs. The Mounders also took advantage of seven Cardinal walks and four errors.
Kaden Russo started on the pitching hill for the Mounders and went three and two-third innings giving up five runs, all earned, on three hits with eight Ks and five walks. He gave turned the ball over to Avery Kaanta in the fourth who threw the final three and a third to earn the win after allowing just three hits and no runs with four strike outs and a walk to pick up the victory.