The beginning of the week went pretty well for the Elk Mound softball team as they breezed through three conference games, starting off with a 12-0 win at Elmwood May 4, then pounded defending conference champion Pepin-Alma 16-6 a day later, and took a 6-1 win at Glenwood City May 7. But playing outside of the conference proved to be a little more difficult when they played a pair of Saturday games, losing 3-1 to Augusta and 4-2 to McDonell Central.
The Mounder bats were ringing early and often as they took advantage of nine Raider errors to jump to a 4-0 lead after an inning and 10-0 at the end of two. Tacking on two more in the fourth with pitcher Dayna Kotecki shutting the Raiders down, the game ended in five innings by the 10 run rule.
Elizabeth Schreiber, Kari Jo Nigon and Lexi DeLong all had a pair of hits for the Mounders with Nigon collecting three RBIs and DeLong having two while Abbey Olson brought in a pair of runs with a double. Kotecki threw a four hitter against a team who have been playing some pretty decent ball as of late. Kotecki struck out six and walked one for the win.
“We did a great job all night of putting the ball in play and hitting it hard,” coach Dylan Pronschinske said. “We forced them to make tough plays and they weren’t able to.”
ELK MOUND 4 6 0 2 0 – 12
ELMWOOD 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
The Mounders saw their first batter reach base on an Eagles error and after a sacrifice bunt for the first out, Elk Mound scored six runs before the second out was recorded. With seven hits and a pair of walks, the Mounders held a 9-0 lead at the end of one inning of play. After Pepin-Alma came up with a run in the second and five in the top of the fourth on five hits, two free passes and two Mounder errors, it looked like it might be a game with the Mounders up 10-6 but Elk Mound quickly made sure the game was in their pocket when they responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning and a final one in the sixth for the 10 run win.
Kotecki earned another win giving up nine hits with four Ks and a pair of walks and helped herself with a pair of hits. The Mounders finished with 15 hits in the game as Lauren Scharlau led the way with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, Schreiber brought in three runs and DeLong and Emily Ausman both had two RBIs.
PEPIN-ALMA 0 1 0 5 0 0 – 6
ELK MOUND 9 0 1 5 0 1 – 16
From their two previous games the Mounders learned it helps to get an early lead which they did yet again with four runs in the top of the first. Delong started things with a one out double but didn’t stay on base long when Schreiber slammed her tenth home run of the season. Kotecki singled and after an infield error by the Hilltoppers, Kotecki and Nigon both eventually scored on a ground ball out. Elk Mound rode a 4-1 lead until the fourth when Sorenson singled, moved to second on a Morgan Polden bunt, advanced to third on a ground ball out off the bat of Scharlau and came home on Olson’s two base hit. Olson crossed the plate after Delong smacked her second hit of the game and the 6-1 lead was all Kotecki needed as she put the Toppers down in order in the fifth inning. Lightning was spotted around the area and after a delay, the rain came down in buckets, ending the contest early.
Kotecki, Sorenson and Delong were all 2 for 3 for the day while Schreiber collected two RBIs on her home run. Kotecki threw a four hitter with six Ks and two walks.
ELK MOUND 4 0 0 2 0 – 6
GLENWOOD CITY 0 0 1 0 0 – 1
After taking another early lead at 1-0, the Beavers came back with a pair in the bottom of the first which proved to be all they needed. They held the Mounders scoreless the rest of the way and tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to halt there winning streak.
Nigon batted 2 for 4 in the fame while Schreiber had the only RBI with a double. Kotecki absorbed the loss, allowing nine hits with five strikeouts and no free passes.
ELK MOUND 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1
AUGUSTA 2 0 0 0 1 0 X – 3
The Macks were 10-3 at the start of the game and were in second place in the Cloverbelt West Conference. This game it took until the second inning for the Mounders to put a run up and they held the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth when the Macks came up with four off Kotecki. Elk Mound added a single run in the fifth but that was all they could muster the rest of the way.
Olson smacked the ball for three hits while Polden had one hit with an RBI. For the second straight game, Kotecki did not allow a walk, but gave up six hits with four Ks.
ELK MOUND 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 2
MCDONELL 0 0 0 4 0 0 X – 4