by Samuel Ripp
The Elk Mound softball team has literally been unbeatable in conference play the past two seasons. The Lady Mounders capped a perfect 13-0 in Dunn-St.Croix action last week with a 14-1 win Tuesday, May 17 in Spring Valley and followed it with a 8-1 home victory against the Eagles of Pepin/Alma on Thursday, May 19.
The victories were the final pieces in the Mounders’ ascent to a second consecutive unblemished Dunn-St. Croix championship – this time as queens of the large conference. This year’s conference run coupled with their 18-0 finish last year gives the Mounders a 31-game win streak in the Dunn-St. Croix.
The Lady Mounders, who finished the regular season on a three-game win streak and with a 21-5 overall record, will look to go deep into the playoffs in the upcoming weeks which got underway Tuesday, May 24. Elk Mound enjoyed a first-round bye in the Division 3 regional field as its top seed. The Mounders will host the winner of the Osseo-Fairchild vs. Glenwood City quarterfinal today (Wednesday, May 25). The regional championship will be played Friday with sectional action to be held next Tuesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 2.
Senior Abbey Olsen took the mound for Elk Mound in the season finale and tossed a great game. Olsen went the full seven innings allowing just a single run, which was not earned, on four hits. She struck out five Eagles’ batters and only issued two walks in the win. With the victory, Olsen moved her record to 15-2 on the year.
Elk Mound did not get off to the fast start they are accustomed as they were held scoreless in the first two innings by Pepin/Alma. But the Mounders finally broke through in the third inning by scoring four runs and did not look back the remainder of the game.
Elk Mound added to their lead the next inning by pushing two more runs across the plate and scored for the third consecutive inning in the fifth by adding another pair of runs.
Pepin/Alma would finally get on the board in the top of the sixth inning, but were only able to score one.
The Lady Mounders tallied ten hits on the afternoon and drew six walks to put runners on base. Collecting hits for Elk Mound were junior Elizabeth Bauer, junior Karie Jo Nigon with two including a triple, junior Lauren Scharlau with a triple, junior Kirstin Dutzle, sophomore Allison Lindquist, freshman Abby Curry, senior Jade Sorenson, and junior Emily Ausman with two doubles.
Out of the eight runs Elk Mound was able to push across the plate, six of them came from RBIs. Adding to their season total included: Karie Jo Nigon with two, Allison Lindquist with two, Jade Sorenson and Emily Ausman.
Lauren Scharlau also showed off her speed on the afternoon as she picked up a stolen base, this was Scharlau’s first stolen base of the season.
The Elk Mound softball team was in action on Tuesday, May 17 in Spring Valley and came home with an impressive 14-1 victory in six innings.
Elk Mound junior Karie Jo Nigon pitched a gem to earn the win in the six-inning game. Nigon allowed one run that was unearned on three hits and struck out three batters. She also walked two.
Elk Mound struck first in the game and built on their lead very quickly. The team scored one in the second to get on the board and followed that up with three in the third inning.
Elk Mound kept pouring it on as they pushed four more runs across the plate in the fourth inning to give them an eight-run lead. The Mounders finished off their scoring in the sixth inning by scoring six to put them up 14.
Spring Valley finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning by plating one runner, but the game would end after six and give Elk Mound the victory.
Elk Mound had 12 hits against Spring Valley. The hits were turned in by: junior Elizabeth Bauer, Karie Jo Nigon with two doubles, senior Abbey Olsen with three including a double, sophomore Allison Lindquist with three including two doubles and a home run, and junior Emily Ausman with three including a double.
Out of the 14 runs that the Lady Mounders were able to push across, ten of them came from RBIs. Adding to their season total included: Karie Jo Nigon with five, Abbey Olsen, Allison Lindquist with two, and Emily Ausman with two.