Playing on mostly dry fields twice last week, the Elk Mound softball team lost a nail biter 9-8 to Pepin -Alma on Tuesday, April 15 then came back to defeat Glenwood City two days later on their home field 6-3. Elk Mound’s record is now 3-1 for the year.
The Mounders played from behind most of the game as they fell behind 2-1 after the first inning and after committing three errors that gave the Eagles extra outs, were down 7-4 heading into the sixth. They put together a big inning however, batting around and scoring four runs to go up 8-7. Abbey Olson reached on a fielder’s choice, Mckenna Borofka singled and Lexi DeLong brought a run in with a double. Lizzie Schreiber banged a single and with two outs, Katie Johnson and Morgan Polden both smacked base hits to bring in a run each.
Pepin-Alma regained the lead at 9-8 in the bottom of the inning on two hits, a passed ball and a Mounder error. The Mounders had a chance to come back again in the top of the seventh when Borofka reached second base with two outs on a P-A error and a passed ball but a fly out ended the threat.
“The girls played well and showed a lot of heart to battle back,” Elk Mound coach Dylan Pronschinske said. “We hit the ball well against the best pitcher we have seen so far this year. We were able to put together a few productive innings after we adjusted to hitting the outside pitch. We have some things to work on defensively but we are improving every game.”
DeLong, Dayna Kotecki and Johnson all rapped a pair of hits with Kotecki bringing in three runs while Schreiber crossed the plate three times. Kotecki gave up 11 hits from the mound and struck out eight batters while walking just two in the loss.
Elk Mound 1 0 2 1 0 4 0 – 8
Pepin-Alma 2 0 3 2 0 2 X – 9
The game was scheduled to be played in Glenwood City but the Mounders apparently had a dryer field after a couple of inches of snow fell in the area the day before.
After loading the bases in both the first and second innings, Elk Mound couldn’t come up with a key base hit to bring any runs in. The Hilltoppers took a 3-0 lead before the Mounders put a run up in the fourth when Kotecki brought Borofka in on a single. They came up with another big sixth inning when they erupted for five runs as Borofka, DeLong, Schreiber, Kotecki and Krystal Nigon all came home with Schreiber bringing two runs in on a double while Morgan McDougall and Katie Benson smacked back to back RBI singles. After Kotecki got the first two batters out in the seventh, a double and a Mounder error put Topper runners on first and third before a ground out ended the game.
Borofka, Schreiber, Kotecki and Benson all finished the game with two hits while Schreiber had a pair of RBI. Kotecki whiffed six batters, walked three and gave up six hits to earn the win.
Glenwood City 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 – 3
Elk Mound 0 0 0 1 0 4 X – 6