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Elk Mound Millers split pair of one-run games

The Elk Mound Millers 17U American Legion Baseball team split a pair of one run games during the past week, losing 4-3 to Alma-Pepin and defeating Baldwin 8-7.

The Millers are back in action with home games vs. Chippewa Falls and Mondovi this week.

Alma-Pepin

The Millers traveled to Alma for a game on July 6th and came away on the short end of a 4-3 decision to the Eagles.

The Millers would open the scoring in the top of the first when Mason Yarrington walked and advanced to third on another pair of walks. He eventually scored when Braedon Borek drew a two out walk to force in the run, but the inning ended when the next batter popped up to the Pitcher.

Alma-Pepin would counter with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second. Two of the first three Eagles’ batters reached based and scored on a looping double to right field. They scored their third run of the inning on a bases loaded walk, but a pop-out to first base ended the inning.

Elk Mound would battle back with single runs in fourth and fifth innings, but could not come up with a two-out base hit to add to their tally.

Alma-Pepin would score the game winning run in the top of the sixth on a lead-off double and a pair of errors. The Millers got runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but the next two batters flew out to right and struck out to end the game.

Ashton Greenwell started for the Millers and gave up three runs over two innings while walking three and striking out two. Yarrington pitched the final four innings, giving up two hits while striking out two and walking none. The only run he gave up was unearned.

“Mason pitched really well and deserved a better fate”, said Millers Manager Don Stuckert. “We had traffic on the bases all day, but just couldn’t come up with the timely hit”.

Baldwin

The Millers hosted the Baldwin Buzz at the Village Park in Elk Mound on Thursday, July 7th and came away with a come from behind 8-7 win.

Baldwin built a 6-3 lead after 5 and a half innings with a three run second and single tallies in the first, third and sixth. The Millers countered with a single run in the first and adding two runs in the fourth on a fielding error and a Jace Peterson ground out setting the stage for the Milers’ big sixth inning. 

The rally started with a one-out walk to Damien Joachim, followed by a base hit up the middle for Mason Books and a walk to Jace Peterson. Aaron Dostal followed with a base hit to score Joachim and Mason Yarrington drew a bases loaded walk to score Books. Kade Anderson followed with a liner to right center that scored Peterson and Dostal and sent Yarrington to third. He would score two pitches later on a balk.

The Buzz would score one run and have the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, but Braedon Borek would induce a short fly to left and strike out the final batter to seal the win.

Mitch Medin started on the mound and work five innings for the Millers. He allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three. Borek pitched the last two innings, giving up two earned runs while walking one and striking out one.

“Borek struggled a little bit with his control, but made some big pitches in the top of the seventh”, said Stuckert. “He’s got good stuff and he showed some of that tonight”.

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