by Samuel Ripp
Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Elk Mound girls’ softball team.
The Lady Mounders saw their eight-game win streak come to an abrupt end when Bloomer visited May 13 and left with a 15-7 win. The Blackhawks also knocked the Mounders out of last year’s WIAA Division 3 regional playoffs.
The loss, Elk Mound’s first in two weeks since a 3-0 defeat to Division 2 state-power Baldwin-Woodville back on April 29, was the Mounders lone setback in the four games it played last week.
Prior to the Bloomer loss, Elk Mound had earned three wins that week, including a pair of tight conference wins.
Elk Mound kicked off the week with an important and close 4-3 home win over second place Durand On Monday, May 9.
The Mounders followed that up with another victory at home the next day, May 10, as they beat Independence/Gilmanton 13-3 with a nine-run fifth in a non-conference contest.
The win streak reached eight games a few days later when Elk Mound won a wild and high-scoring affair at Mondovi Thursday, May 12 by a score of 20-16.
Elk Mound, a perfect 10-0 in conference play and 18-5 overall, holds a game-and-a-half lead over Durand in the large Dunn-St. Croix standings with just three games – all in conference – left in the regular season.
The Mounders hosted rival Colfax Monday and were at Spring Valley yesterday (Tuesday, May 17). They finished the regular season slate at home against Pepin/Alma Thursday, May 19.
Regionals begin Tuesday, May 24.
In its fourth game in five days, the Lady Mounders’ softball team hosted Bloomer Friday, May 13. Elk Mound could not handle the Bloomer bats in a 15-7 loss as its eight-game win streak ended.
Elk Mound was senior Abbey Olsen took the pitching loss as she went all seven innings on the mound. Olsen could not find the right pitches on the mound as the Bloomer bats were all over her. Olsen allowed 15 runs, 11 of which were earned, on 16 hits. She gave up a pair of home runs and three walks and finished with six strikeouts.
Elk Mound did not help Olsen or its cause on defense as it committed four errors in the game.
Elk Mound was unable to get off to its typical fast start. Instead, Bloomer scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Bloomer added two more runs in the third to extend it’s lead.
Trailing 6-0, the Lady Mounders finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored seven runs to take a one-run lead. It was Elk Mound’s only scoring inning of the game.
The Lady Blackhawks knotted the game up in the fifth inning by pushing a run across home plate. Bloomer took control in the sixth and seventh innings by scoring two in the sixth and six runs in the seventh to end the game.
Elk Mound collected nine hits and drew four walks in the game. Senior Jade Sorenson had three hits in the game, junior Karie Jo Nigon had a pair including a double, junior Emily Ausman had two and Abbey Olsen and freshman Abby Curry had one each.
Out of the seven runs Elk Mound was able to score, only four of them came from RBIs. Adding to their season total were sophomore Madysen Borofka, junior Lauren Scharlau, Abbey Olsen, and Emily Ausman.
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 the teams combined for 36 runs in back-and-forth game.
Elk Mound jumped out to the early three-run lead.
Mondovi answered back with one in the bottom half of the inning until the Lady Mounders put another three spot in the scorebook in the second to go up 6-1.
Mondovi scored another run in the bottom half of the inning only to see Elk Mound put up four runs in the third for a 10-2 lead.
The Lady Buffaloes were quick to respond, pushing seven runs across in the bottom of the third to make it only a one-run lead for Elk Mound.
But in the fourth inning Elk Mound put another four spot on the score board and one in the fifth to widen its lead to 15-10. The Buffaloes responded 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, Elk Mound plated three more runs for a 20-11 lead and make a home-team rally seem nearly impossible. But Mondovi would not go quietly as they made a game out of it and scored five in the bottom of the seventh only to fall four runs short.
Senior Abbey Olsen who pitched a complete game, picked up the win. Olsen allowed 16 runs on 16 hits, eight of the runs were earned. She walked five batters and struck out six.
The Lady Mounders pounded out 14 hits. Collecting hits for the Mounders were 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.
Nigon had three RBIs, Scharlau had a sac fly for one, Lindquist and Ausman tallied three each, Sorenson also had three including a sac fly, and Curry had one.
Karie Jo Nigon recorded two stolen bases on the afternoon.
It took the Elk Mound softball team just five inning to beat Independence/Gilmanton 13-3 Tuesday, May 10.
Elk Mound started out with junior Karie Jo Nigon on the mound for the first three innings of play and then switched it up in the fourth with senior Abbey Olsen coming in to take over for the rest of the game. Nigon allowed two runs in the short time she was out there on five hits. She also struck out three in three innings.
Independence/Gilmanton struck first in the game, which is unusual for the Lady Mounders to be trailing early. The Indees pushed two across in the second inning to grab the early lead.
Elk Mound took a run back in the third after Karie Jo Nigon tripled and scored on junior Emily Ausman single.
Elk Mound grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fourth after it scored three in the inning on two hits and a walk.
Independence/Gilmanton tried to fight back in the fifth, but managed just one run in the inning to make it 4-3.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Mounders would shut the door and end it in five as they scored nine runs. They had six hits in the inning and reached base two more times on errors. Knocking in the two runs that put them up ten was sophomore Madysen Borofka with a single down the left field line.
The Lady Mounders collected nine hits on the afternoon and the girls that added to their season total were: Abbey Olsen with two, Karie Jo Nigon with two including a triple, junior Emily Ausman, sophomore Allison Lindquist, freshman Abby Curry, junior Elizabeth Bauer, and Madysen Borofka.
Out of the thirteen runs that the Lady Mounders scored, nine of them came off of RBIs. Picking up RBIs on the afternoon included: Karie Jo Nigon with three, Emily Ausman with two, Allison Lindquist, senior Jade Sorenson, and Madysen Borofka with two.
A four-run sixth inning lifted Elk Mound to a 4-3 win over Durand at home Monday, May 9 and a sweep of the regular-season series with the Panthers.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Durand took a 1-0 lead. The Panthers added a run in the sixth to go ahead two to nothing.
Durand’s 2-run lead did not hold though as Elk Mound scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the sixth for its own two-run lead.
Durand made one final push to tie the game in the seventh, but managed to score just one run as the Mounders held on for the victory.
Elk Mound senior Abbey Olsen threw a complete game for the win, allowing all three runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits. She struck out eight Panthers while only issuing one walk.
Elk Mound did not draw any walks during the game. Collecting the six hits were: junior Elizabeth Bauer, sophomore Madysen Borofka, junior Karie Jo Nigon with a triple, Olsen with two, and junior Emily Ausman.