by Samuel Ripp
MONDOVI — The Elk Mound softball team traveled to Mondovi on Thursday, May 12 to take on the Lady Buffaloes and came home with a high scoring victory. The Lady Mounders won 20-16 to keep their record perfect in the conference.
If you like offense, this was the game to be at as they combined for 36 runs on the afternoon and a back and fourth game.
Elk Mound jumped out to the early three run lead as they have done so many times this season. Mondovi would answer back by scoring one in the bottom half of the inning, until the Lady Mounders put another three spot in the scorebook to go up 6-1. Mondovi was hanging around as they scored one more run in the bottom half of the inning to keep them in their sights. Elk Mound put up another crooked number in the third, by scoring four more to get them to ten runs after only three innings. The Lady Buffaloes would respond in a hurry by pushing seven runs across in the bottom of the third to make it only a one run lead for Elk Mound. Each team would score one in the fourth inning to keep it a one run game, but Elk Mound put another four spot on the scoreboard to widen their lead a little bit. The Buffaloes could only respond with one in the bottom half. The sixth inning was the first and only inning that only one team scored in and it was the Lady Mounders adding two more runs. In the seventh, they would plate three more runners to make it look impossible for a comeback leading by nine. Mondovi would not go quietly as they made a game out of it and scored five in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally fell short.
Pitching for Elk Mound was senior Abbey Olsen who pitched a complete game and picked up the win on the afternoon. Olsen allowed sixteen runs with eight of them being earned on sixteen hits. She walked five batters and struck out six.
The Lady Mounders pounded out fourteen hits on the afternoon and collecting hits included: junior Elizabeth Bauer with two, junior Karie Jo Nigon with three, junior Lauren Scharlau, Abbey Olsen, sophomore Allison Lindquist with three including a double, freshman Abby Curry, senior Jade Sorenson, and junior Emily Ausman with two.
Out of the twenty runs the Lady Mounders scored, fourteen of them resulted in an RBI from a teammate. Collecting RBIs on the afternoon included: Nigon with three, Scharlau with a sac fly, Lindquist with three, Curry, Sorenson with three including a sac fly, and Ausman with three.
Karie Jo Nigon was also flying around the bases as she recorded two stolen bases on the afternoon.
Elk Mound only has four games remaining in the regular season and will be at home against Colfax on Monday, May 16 in a conference game. They currently lead the Dunn-St. Croix – Large standing by a game and a half over Durand with only a few games remaining.