Elk Mound baseball loses to Mondovi, defeats Bloomer and Spring Valley
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After winning 7-5 on the road at Mondovi April 21, the Elk Mound baseball team was looking for the regular-season sweep and sole possession of the Dunn-St. Croix lead when it hosted the Buffaloes at Village Park last Monday, May 15.
Both squads entered the game with just a single loss in conference play and a share of first place.
Unfortunately, the Mounders lost their second straight conference contest as the Buffaloes pulled out an 8-5 win on Elk Mound’s home diamond to take a one-game lead atop the standings.
Elk Mound rebounded with lopsided road wins over Bloomer and Spring Valley.
Just a day after losing the heartbreaking decision to Mondovi, the Mounders traveled to Bloomer where they scored 11 runs in the final two frames to pull away for a 12-4 victory. Two days later, Elk Mound knocked out host Spring Valley 17-5 in five innings despite collecting just five hits in the May 18 contest.
Elk Mound, 11-2 in league play and 13-6 overall, closed out the regular and conference seasons with a home game versus Elmwood-Plum City this past Monday, May 22. The Mounders, who drew a number 5 seed, will host 12th seeded Stanley-Boyd this Thursday, May 25 in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal game. The winner will advance to the regional semifinal next Tuesday, May 30.
In a game marked by errors on both sides, Mondovi out-slugged host Elk Mound 10 to 7 and claimed an 8 to 5 road win at Village Park Monday, May 15.
The win gave the Buffaloes sole possession of first place in the Dunn-St. Croix baseball race.
Elk Mound committed four errors in the loss while Mondovi finished with three.
Kaden Russo and Jake Osborne led the Mounder offense with a pair of hits with Russo collecting two RBIs. Ryan Bartig, Kamron Diermeier and Carter Vieth each had a hit.
Jarod Falkner had two hits including a double and Andrew Rud added a pair of hits and RBIs for the Buffaloes.
Kamron Diermeier threw four innings for Elk Mound. He took the loss after surrendering five runs on as many hits with five free passes and three strike outs. Lucas Johnson threw three innings for the Mounders giving up three runs on three hits with four Ks.
The Buffaloes’ Porter Bauer pitched four innings and got the win after allowing just two runs on three hits with a walk and a strike out.
Elk Mound trailed 3-1 after five innings of play in a non-conference contest at Bloomer Tuesday, May 16.
But, the Mounders bombed the Blackhawks for 11 runs in the final two frames to pull away for a 12-4 win.
Both teams scored a run in the third inning and host Bloomer added a pair in the bottom of the fourth to take a two-run lead.
The contest stayed that way until the top of the sixth when the Mounder bats came alive and produced six runs as Elk Mound retook the lead at 7-3.
Bloomer got a run back in its half of the sixth but Elk Mound tacked on five more scores in the seventh inning for the 12-4 victory.
With the late offensive surge, the Mounders finished with 11 hits compared to seven for the Blackhawks.
Carter Garnett led the way at the plate as he finished 3-for-5 for Elk Mound, Victor Noller was 2-for-2 with a double and five RBIs. Carter Vieth also secured a pair of hits for the Mounders including a double for a pair of RBIs. Ryan Bartig and Jake Osborne also had two RBIs.
Noller started on the pitching mound for Elk Mound and went three innings but did not get a decision. He gave up three runs and six hits. Carter Garnett relieved Noller in the fourth and threw four solid innings allowing just a single run on one hit, striking out five and walking three to earn the win.
The Cardinals had seven hits to the Mounders’ five when the squads met in Spring Valley Thursday, May 18.
Elk Mound, however, prevailed on the scoreboard as they clipped the Spring Valley Cardinals 17-5 in five innings thanks in large measure to the 14 walks that four different Cardinal pitchers surrendered. Meanwhile, Lucas Johnson threw all five frames for Elk Mound to earn the victory. He allowed seven hits for five runs and struck out seven and issued just a trio of free passes.
Five different Mounders accounted for the team’s hits. Kaden Russo smashed a triple, Lucas Johnson belted a double and Jake Osborne, Kamron Diermeier and Carter Vieth each finished with a single. Vieth and Johnson both tallied three RBIs while Diermeier and Russo had two each.