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Despite losing its first game of the season in a split with defending WIAA Division 4 state champion Boyceville last week, Elk Mound increased its lead in the Dunn-St. Croix baseball standings to two games thanks to a lopsided win over Glenwood City coupled with the Bulldogs’ shutout loss to Mondovi last Thursday.
Elk Mound trailed 7-4 in Boyceville last Monday, May 9 when a severe thunderstorm caused play to be suspended in the fifth inning.
The game resumed Friday, May 13 when Boyceville traveled to Elk Mound’s Village Park to complete the first contest and play a second. No one scored in the final three innings as game one went to the Bulldogs 7-4. But in the night cap, the Mounders jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings and finished with an 11-4 win.
The previous day, Elk Mound hosted Glenwood City in what turned out to be a 10-0, five-inning win for the Mounders.
Elk Mound improved to 10-1 in D-SC play with a two-game lead over second-place Boyceville and three in hand over Spring Valley.
Three of the Mounders’ five remaining regular-season games will come against conference competition.
The Mounders in Colfax this past Monday and with a win could earn a share of the conference championship. They traveled to Bloomer on Tuesday and go to Mondovi on Thursday. The Mounders, 11-1 overall, host Regis and Colfax next Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, respectively, to close out the regular season. Playoffs begin May 26.
Boyceville – Game 1
The host Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the first for the early advantage when the teams met last Monday, May 9 for the first time this season.
Elk Mound responded with four runs of its own in the top half of the second as it collected four base hits, a walk and made the most of a Bulldog error.
But, Boyceville added three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-4 lead.
The game was suspended in the fifth and completed four days later in Elk Mound.
When the game resumed Friday, May 13, neither team could score in the final three innings, making that 7-4 score a final as Boyceville saddled Elk Mound with its first loss of the season.
Avery Kaanta suffered the pitching loss giving up seven runs on eight hits in the first three innings on the mound, walking a pair and tallying two strikeouts. Kaden Russo came on in relief in the fourth and threw three innings of scoreless ball giving up just a hit with four Ks and two walks.
Elk Mound finished with eight hits compared to nine for Boyceville. Carter Vieth finished 3-for-4 for Elk Mound with an RBI and Ethan Johnson had two hits in four plate appearances.
Boyceville – Game 2
In the second game played May 13 in Elk Mound, the host Mounders scored multiple runs in three of the first four innings for a 7-0 lead. They would go on to win 11-4 to earn a split with the Bulldogs.
Elk Mound scored a pair of runs in the first and fourth innings and three more in the third.
Boyceville finally broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth only to have Elk Mound answer with a four spot in the bottom half of the frame to make it 11-3.
When Boyceville, who committed four errors in the game, was only able to score once more in its final at bat, the Mounders prevailed 11-4.
Elk Mound held a nine to four advantage in hits as Kamron Diermeier, Carter Vieth and Avery Kaanta each tallied a pair of hits which included a double off the bats of Kaanta and Vieth. Kaanta scored three times along with Diermeier. Kaanta also had three RBIs as did Jerome Delikowski.
Kaden Russo took the pitching victory as he went four innings giving up a hit and no runs while striking out seven and walking a pair. Avery Kaanta went an inning and two-thirds surrendering three runs on a pair of hits, with two Ks and two base on balls. Kamron Diermeier threw an inning and a third giving up one run on a hit and had a strikeout and surrendered a walk.
Scoreless through the first two innings, Elk Mound scored three runs in the third and fourth innings and another four runs in the fifth to earn a 10-0 win over visiting Glenwood City last Thursday, May 12.
Joseph Javanovich threw all five innings for the Mounders allowing just two hits for the shutout victory. He had five strike outs and a walk.
Avery Kaanta and Jerome Delikowski each had a pair of hits with one of Delikowski’s going for a double finishing with three RBIs. Ethan Johnson also had a double and three RBIs for the Mounders.
Overall, Elk Mound finished with nine hits.