A pair of players, Kaity (formerly Katie) Johnson and Mckenna Borofka have completed their high school softball careers for Elk Mound after being a part of some successful seasons. Kaity played in two games as a freshman then became a three year varsity player, two for coach Kari Kallio and one for Dylan Pronschinske while Borofka played in one game as a sophomore then became a varsity player full time the past two seasons.
Kaity played in 70 games in her high school years, scored 44 runs with 46 hits including 10 doubles, a triple and a homerun. She knocked in 32 runs and swiped 15 bases. As a senior she batted .338, crossed home plate 16 times, was second on the team in doubles with eight and also second in stolen bases with 10. She collected 26 hits and drew 12 walks while bringing in 21 runs. She played a solid third base and had 36 assists with 13 put outs this year with a .766 fielding percentage. Kaity had a hand in the Mounders reaching two sectional finals, both played against Grantsburg as a sophomore and junior as the team came up one game short of a state berth in both games. The team finished second in the conference all three of her years and had a combined record of 40-9 in conference play and 51-22 overall. She was named a Second team All Conference player as a senior.
“Kaity will leave some big shoes to fill at third base,” coach Pronschinske said. “She was a multi-year starter at that position and had the range and quickness to make plays that most third baseman couldn’t make. She was also a huge asset offensively as our number five batter in the lineup this year.”
Mckenna, the team’s second baseman and leadoff batter led the Mounders in hits with 35 and in runs scored with 31 as a senior, slamming six two baggers and a pair of triples for a .385 batting average which was second on the team. In 45 career games, she totaled 38 runs, 42 hits with seven doubles and 26 RBIs with four stolen bases. Her consistency in the infield gave her a .926 fielding percentage with 44 assists and 31 put outs this year. She also played in the sectional final as a junior and was chosen to the First Team All Conference team this year.
“Mckenna will be dearly missed for her leadership and work ethic,” Pronschinske said. “I have never seen a girl work as hard on a daily basis. She was a solid leadoff hitter batter that sparked our offense. She always managed to put the ball in play and get on base. In 100 plate appearances this year, she only struck out eight times,” he added.