Elk Mound baseball loses first D-SC contest, finishes week at 3-2
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With five baseball games on their docket last week, the Mounders needed to be at their best.
Unfortunately, a sporadic offense coupled with defensive errors led to Elk Mound’s first conference loss on the baseball diamond and a 3-2 finish by week’s end.
The upstart Hilltoppers threw an early scare into the Mounders when they traveled to Glenwood City last Monday, May 8. Despite clinging to 1-0 through five innings of play and collecting just six hits, Elk Mound hurlers Victor Noller and Lucas Johnson collaborated on a no-hitter as the Mounders eventually went on to post a 5-0 victory.
Three days later, Elk Mound held off rival Colfax for a 13-9 home win (see other story). But the following day, Friday, May 12, Durand-Arkansaw came to Village Park and saddled the Mounders with their first conference loss, a 4-1 final.
Playing in the Prescott Tournament on Saturday, May 13, Elk Mound split its two contests. The Mounders were shut out by St. Croix Falls in the opener but pummeled Ashland 16-2 in the second game.
While the Elk Mound offense was having trouble getting hits and producing runs last Monday in Glenwood City, starting pitcher Victor Noller had his teammates’ collective back.
Noller threw five scoreless innings without allowing a hit and struckout nine Topper batters with just a single walk to earn the victory in a 5-0 Mounders’ shut out. Lucas Johnson did not allow a run or hit in an inning of relief pitching and finished with a K.
The Mounders, who finished with a half dozen hits in the game, broke a scoreless deadlock in the top half of the fourth with a run.
Elk Mound pushed four across in the sixth for the 5-0 win.
Kamron Diermeier led the Mounders with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and stole three bases. Kaden Russo had a double with an RBI and Ryan Bartig had a hit with a pair of RBIs.
Elk Mound was only able to produce five hits and a single run when they hosted the Durand-Arkansaw Panthers Friday, May 12.
Durand-Arkansaw took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second and doubled that advantage to 4-0 with two more runs in the fourth frame.
Elk Mound’s only run came in the bottom of the fifth when Carter Garnett crossed home plate following a Kamron Diermeier single for the team’s only RBI.
Garnett finished 2-for-3 batting and Lucas Johnson added a double for his only hit.
Diermeier suffered the pitching loss as he surrender four of the Panthers five hits and all four of their runs. He struck out two and walked one in four innings on the mound. Carter Vieth threw the final three innings allowing just a hit with a strikeout and a walk.
It was a disappointing start to the Prescott tournament for the Elk Mound baseball team on Saturday, May 13 as they suffered a 10-0 defeat at the hands of the St. Croix Falls Saints.
The Saints were dominant, outhitting the Mounders 11 to three.
St. Croix Falls got on the scoreboard first, scoring a run in the third inning. The Saints then extended their lead in the fourth and sixth innings, scoring four runs in each. They added their final run in the seventh inning.
Elk Mound’s Brayden Borek suffered the loss as he gave up five runs on six hits in three and a third innings of work on the mound. He recorded two strikeouts but also issued two walks. Peyton Vieth took over for the remaining three and two thirds innings and surrendered another five runs on five hits while walking three batters.
It was a tough loss for the Mounders, but they still had another game to play in the tournament. They regrouped and came back strong in their next game, securing an impressive 16-2 victory over Ashland.
Elk Mound was on fire during their game against Ashland. The game was a five-inning contest, and Elk Mound dominated from start to finish, winning 16-2.
Elk Mound’s offense was unstoppable, racking up 14 hits throughout the game. They got off to a good start, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. But it was the third and fourth innings where they really took control, scoring 11 runs and four runs respectively.
Kamron Diermeier was outstanding at the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring four runs while also driving in two RBIs. Ryan Bartig also had an impressive game, hitting a triple and driving in five RBIs while scoring three runs. Kaden Russo contributed with two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Carter Vieth had a double and three RBIs while going 2-for-2. Peyton Vieth and Lucas Johnson also had two hits apiece, with Johnson driving in two RBIs.
On the pitching side, Victor Noller started and threw three and two-third innings, giving up four hits and both Oredocker runs, while recording three strikeouts and no walks. He earned the mound win for the team. Peyton Vieth pitched the final inning and a third, keeping Ashland scoreless and hitless without recording a strikeout or walk.