Elk Mound hurler Dayna Kotecki may have set a school record with 17 strikeouts in a 13-4 Mounder win over Plum City at home April 7, then went on to pitch the Mounders to another big win, 16-4 over Elmwood at home again three days later. (Elmwood and Plum City chose not to combine teams this year).
The Mounders trailed in the game 1-0 after the first inning and 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. They became more patient at the plate in the sixth inning and drew three straight walks off the Blue Devil pitcher who then plunked the next two batters to allow the Mounders to tie it up and pull ahead. Kotecki came up with a big two run double and Morgan McDougall smacked an RBI single to add to the lead and before the inning was over, Elk Mound had blown it open for a 13-4 advantage. Kotecki then took care of business on the mound to finish off the win.
“Our hitters had a hard time adjusting to the speed of the Plum City pitcher,” coach Dylan Pronschinske said. “But they were finally able to keep their weight back and have some good at bats in the sixth inning. It was cold and rainy which made it difficult to field the ball and make good throws so Dayna’s 17 strikeouts was huge for us,” he added.
Kotecki knocked out three hits with a pair of RBIs, Abbey Olson slugged two hits and brought in two runs, McDougall also had two hits with an RBI, Lexi DeLong brought in three runners and Lauren Scharlau scored three times.
PLUM CITY 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 — 4
ELK MOUND 0 2 0 1 0 10 X — 13
Elk Mound again fell behind 1-0 after half an inning but came up with two runs in the bottom of the first. It was all uphill from there as they scored eight times in the second and continued to pound the ball and score runs in the next two innings which ended the game early. Kotecki scattered eight hits and struck out only two Raiders while walking four to pick up another win. The Mounders clubbed 17 hits all told with Elizabeth Schreiber going 3 for 3 with four RBIs, Olson finished 4 for 4 with an RBI while Jade Sorenson, Morgan Polden, Kari Jo Nigon and McDougal were all 2 for 3 with Sorenson and McDougall both bringing in two runners and Polden and Nigon each bringing one in.
ELMWOOD 1 1 1 1 0 — 4
ELK MOUND 2 8 4 2 X — 16