Playing for first year coach Dylan Pronschinske, the Elk Mound girls didn’t waste any time getting him his first win with an 18-8 victory at home over Spring Valley April 10 on their home field. They managed to tack on his second win as well by breaking open a scoreless game against Mondovi in the fifth inning and taking a 9-0 win the next day, again on their home field.
After spotting the Cardinals a 3-0 lead after a half inning of play, the Mounders got their own bats going as they had six runners cross the plate in their half of the first. They held a slim 7-5 lead until the bottom of the fifth when they added three runs, but the Cardinals countered with their own three runs in the sixth, keeping the Mounders lead at 10-8. But it was like a volcano erupting as Elk Mound poured on eight more runs in the sixth to put the game away and Dayna Kotecki picked up her first win of the season on the mound by shutting Spring Valley down in the seventh.
Spring Valley 3 2 0 0 0 3 0 – 8
Elk Mound 6 0 1 0 3 8 X – 18
It was a pitcher’s duel for five innings between Kotecki and the Buffaloes Jacquelyn Laursen before the Mounders came through with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Katie Benson started the inning off with a base hit to short right field and Abbie Olson followed with a solid single through the infield. After a force out at third on a ground out, Lexi Delong smashed a ball down the first base line for an RBI and Lizzie Schrieiber knocked two more runs in with a triple to the outfield fence. Kotecki drew a walk and stole second, and Katie Johnson took another walk to load the bases. After a strikeout, Emily Ausman and Benson, batting for the second time in the inning, both drew walks to bring in a run each. Mondovi changed pitchers at that point and a groundout ended the inning with Elk Mound leading 5-0.
Base hits by Makenna Borofka, DeLong and Kotecki filled the bases in the sixth, allowing Johnson to bring in a pair of runs with a double, and with two outs. Ausman finished the game off with a two run blast. Kotecki put the game away as she put the Buffaloes down in order in the seventh, with her eighth strikeout of the game becoming the third out.
“It took us a while to get our bats going in this game,” coach Pronschinske said after the second win.” But so far our hitting and pitching is looking strong.”
Mondovi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Elk Mound 0 0 0 0 5 4 X – 9