Playing two consecutive conference games made for two more wins for the Elk Mound softball team as they won 11-2 at home against Boyceville May 11, then completely destroyed St. Croix Central on the road 27-0 a day later. After their game against Colfax was postponed until this Friday due to bad weather, the Mounders won a pair of games against Arcadia Saturday morning, 6-1 the first game and 10-3 in the second one. Elk Mound is now 14-0 in conference play with four games left and 19-3 overall.
The Mounders used a six run third inning to build a 7-0 lead and the game was never in doubt as Dayna Kotecki gave up only three hits and had just one blip when she allowed two runs in the sixth. But the Mounders came back with three more in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Elizabeth Schreiber continues to belt the ball hard as she had another homerun and collected four RBIs in the game, Kari Jo Nigon was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Abbey Olson wen 3 for 3 with an RBI and Emily Ausman and Morgan Polden both smacked a double. Kotecki struck out nine Bulldogs and walked a pair to gain another win.
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 2
ELK MOUND 1 0 6 1 0 3 X — 11
St. Croix Central
The Panthers were 6-6 in conference play so they must have been in total shock when the Mounders blew the game open right away when they came up with 24 runs in the first three innings. After being shut down in the fourth they tacked on two more in the fifth to end the game early.
Schreiber slammed a pair of balls over the fence and had a total of six RBIs in the game while Jade Sorenson and Olson got into the long ball action with a tater of their own. Kotecki brought in four runs and Ausman and Delong both had a trio of RBIs. Kotecki threw a two hitter with 5 Ks and nary a free pass.
ELK MOUND 4 10 11 0 2 — 27
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
They may not have scored as many runs as they did in their two previous games but an early run in the first and three more in the third gave Kotecki and Company enough of a lead to pull out a win. They added single runs in the fourth and seventh and Arcadia broke the shutout with their only run in the seventh.
Sorenson had a big game at the plate going 3 for 3 with a pair of two baggers while Ausman, Olson and Lauren Scharlau all knocked a run in. Delong and Schreiber both were credited with a stolen base and Kotecki picked up the win by scattering four hits with three Ks and again no walks in five innings. Olson finished up on the mound and gave up three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
ELK MOUND 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 — 6
ARCADIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1
The Mounders started a little slow, falling behind 2-1 after a full inning of play but erased the deficit rather quickly with four runs in the second inning. With another run in the third and four more in the fifth, they held a 10-3 lead and that’s just how the game ended.
Olson had her most productive game of the season offensively as she batted 4 for 4 which included two doubles and a home run to bring five Mounders home. Delong was 2 for 3 while Polden, Kotecki, Sorenson and Schreiber all collected an RBI. Workhorse Kotecki gave up a few more hits this game with eight, but control issues from earlier in the season seemed to have disappeared as she once again did not walk any batters in six innings and struck out two to gain another win.
ELK MOUND 1 4 1 0 4 0 0 — 10
ARCADIA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 3