After finishing in second place behind Pepin-Alma for the past three seasons, the Elk Mound softball team made sure they were not going to end up anywhere but at the top of the conference this season as they won three games against conference foes starting with an 8-3 win over Mondovi May 18. They added another win against Spring Valley 11-1 a day later, then in their last conference game ever against St. Croix Central, they pounded the Panthers 13-0. The wins gave them a 17-0 conference record with a make up game against Colfax left (see story elsewhere in The Messenger).
The Buffaloes gave the Mounders a pretty good test as the Mounders usual potent offense was held scoreless the first four innings. Mondovi went up 1-0 at the end of four innings before Elk Mound tied it up in the top of the fifth then pulled ahead 2-1 in the sixth. The wake up call finally came in from coach Pronschinke, resulting in a six run explosion in the seventh for a 8-1 lead, and after Mondovi scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, Elk Mound hurler Dayna Kotecki put the fire out to finish off the win.
Jade Sorenson batted 2 for 4 on the day with a double and an RBI while Morgan Polden, Lauren Scharlau and Elizabeth Schreiber all knocked in a run. Kotecki gave up eight hits with six Ks and two walks to earn the win.
ELK MOUND 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 –8
MONDOVI 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 –3
The Cardinals have taken their lumps this season with nary a win in 18 games so it was no surprise when the Mounders jumped on them early. Pulling out to an 8-0 lead before Spring Valley had a chance to bat proved to be more then enough runs to keep Elk Mound undefeated in conference play.After adding two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth, Kotecki shut the door in the bottom of the inning to end it early by the 10 run rule.
Scharlau went 3 for 4 at the plate with a round tripper and four RBI, Olson finished 3 for 4 with an RBI, Lexi Delong slammed a pair of doubles and brought in two runs while Polden also came up with a pair of RBI. Kotecki scattered five hits, striking out six Cardinals and did not issue any free passes.
ELK MOUND 8 0 0 2 0 1–11
SPRING VALLEY 1 0 0 0 0 0 –1
St. Croix Central
Kotecki threw a five inning no- hitter with six strikeouts and no free passes as the Mounders used another big inning to put the game away. After leading 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth on their home field, nine runners crossed the plate, and after Kotecki mowed the Panthers down in the fifth, it turned out to be yet another game shortened by the 10 run rule.
Schreiber slammed her 14th round tripper of the season, bringing in a pair of RBI which gives her an amazing 51 for the season. Olson slammed her own tater and added a double with four RBI, Delong went 2 for 4 with a double and Ausman smacked a double and brought a run in.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
ELK MOUND 0 1 3 9 X — 13