The Elk Mound softball kept their perfect conference record intact with three wins last week, then played a pair of games in Fall Creek Saturday. The Mounders defeated Mondovi 12-4 April 27 at home, pounded Plum City 18-1 on the road a day later and slammed Spring Valley in a five inning contest at home 10-0 April 30. Playing a pair of games in Fall Creek May 2, Elk Mound lost their first game of the season 5-3 against Immanuel Lutheran, then bounced back for a 9-0 win over Fall Creek.
It was a relatively close game early on with the score tied at 4-4 after two and a half innings of play. But the Mounders came up with four runs in the bottom of the third and added a pair of runs in each of the next two innings while shutting the Buffaloes down to finish off the win.
Lauren Scharlau led the Mounders offensively with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, bringing in a trio of runs. Morgan Polden and Dayna Kotecki were both 2 for 4 while Emily Ausman smacked a double. Kotecki earned the win on the mound, throwing five innings and allowing four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Abbey Olson went the last two innings and did not give up a hit, whiffing two batters and walking two.
MONDOVI 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 – 4
ELK MOUND 2 2 4 2 2 2 X – 12
The Mounders took an early 4-0 lead after a half inning of play and upped the lead to 6-1 heading into the sixth. They added three runs in that inning then blew the game open with nine in the seventh for the lopsided win.
Elizabeth Schreiber continued to show off her power with a pair of homeruns and collecting four RBIs, Polden was 3 for 5 with a two bagger and two RBIs, Jade Sorenson went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, Tamara Huffman saw some varsity action, batting 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Allison Lindquist also came off the bench and brought in a trio of runs. Kotecki pitched all seven innings and gave up just four hits with eight strikeouts and two free passes.
ELK MOUND 4 1 0 1 0 3 9 – 18
PLUM CITY 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 1
Pounding out 14 hits to go with seven Cardinal errors made it a short day for both teams as the Mounders scored in all five innings starting with four runs in the first. That would be all Kotecki would need as she shut Spring Valley out by throwing a one hitter with three Ks and no free passes. Schreiber smacked another conference leading home run, finishing 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, Ausman was 3 for 3 with two runs coming in, Polden was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs and Lexi DeLong smacked two hits in four at bates with two more RBIs.
SPRING VALLEY 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
ELK MOUND 4 1 2 2 1 – 10
While the Mounders are ranked eighth in D3 in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coached Association poll, the Lancers are ranked tenth in the D4 poll, making the contest a pretty even matchup. The Mounders led 2-0 after three innings of play but Kotecki began to struggle on the mound in the fourth and gave up a run. Olson took over and after getting the first out of the inning, the Mounders committed back to back errors to put Lancers on second and third. A two out single brought both runners in leaving the Mounders down 3-2. The fielding woes continued as they started the fifth inning off with two more errors allowing the Lancers to add two more runs. Kotecki resumed the pitching duties in the sixth inning and shut the Lancers down the rest of the way. She threw five and two thirds innings total, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk, while Olson was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs which were all unearned, with two hits, two Ks and two walks in an inning and a third. All told, the Mounders, who had played a solid defense in their three previous games, had eight errors in this game.
“We hit the ball well but couldn’t come up with timely hits with runners on,” coach Dylan Pronschinske said. “We left eight runners on base in the first six innings.”
Schreiber certainly did her part offensively, slamming two more taters but both were solo shots. DeLong was 2 for 4 with a double, Sorenson also smacked a double and Scharlau added one RBI.
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 – 5
ELK MOUND 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 – 3
The Mounders responded to the loss against the Lancers by playing errorless ball and coming up with seven hits while drawing seven walks as Kotecki pitched another gem. Giving up just two hits and whiffing 10 Cricket batters without issuing any free passes, Kotecki picked up the victory.
“Dayna did a good job of hitting her spots and keeping the Fall Creek batters off balance,” Pronschinske said. “I was proud of how the girls responded after playing their worst game of the year.”
Olson went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and an RBI while swiping a pair of bases. Schreiber slammed an RBI triple in the sixth and DeLong was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
ELK MOUND 1 2 0 2 1 1 2 – 9
FALL CREEK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0