By Cara L. Dempski
The Elk Mound girls bounced back and forth between home games and road games last week as they prepared for the final week of regular season play.
The Mounders started at home against the Bulldogs May 8, taking care of the Boyceville team in six and one-half innings for a 14-5 win. They headed to Durand the following night for a match-up with the Panthers.
[emember_protected] The game against the Panthers was less of a contest than the Mounders’ earlier home game that resulted in a 10-8 win in extra innings. On May 9, Elk Mound took care of Durand in the regulation seven innings for an 11-4 win that kept them at the top of the Dunn-St. Croix.
The team hosted Colfax May 11 before heading to Elmwood the evening of May 12. The Mounders blasted past the Raiders 12-7 to stay perfect in the Dunn-St. Croix.
The Lady Mounders, who have secured their third consecutive D-SC softball title, are 15-0 in conference and 19-4 overall.
Elk Mound traveled to Mondovi May 15, and hosted Plum City May 16. They will go to Spring Valley May 18 before taking a break for graduation May 19.
Elk Mound was again ranked as an honorable mention in the May 8 Division 3 Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association poll.
While the Mounders started their scoring drive early in their May 8 game against Boyceville, it took the Bulldogs until the fifth to get on the board.
The result was a 14-5 victory that left Elk Mound at the top of the Dunn-St. Croix with a record of 12-0 with just over one week to go in the 2017 regular season.
First base player Lauren Scharlau and catcher Allison Lindquist were the first two Mounders to score, running across the plate in bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Rookie pitcher Clare Hallum hurled just eight pitches in the top of the second to get outs off Bulldog batters Kayla Hoff, McKenna Weber and Tyra Kostman.
Elk Mound put six more runs on the scoreboard in the second to lead 8-0 as both teams moved toward the third. Hallum again took care of Boyceville in three to set her team up for another scoring attempt.
This time, the Bulldogs held the Mounders in check, and both teams went to the fourth with Elk Mound still ahead 8-0. Elk Mound’s pitcher took four batters to get to three outs, but the Mounders held the Bulldogs scoreless as they stepped up to bat once again.
The Mounders pounded in five more runners in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase their lead to 13-0 with the Bulldogs ready to step up to the plate in the top of the fifth.
Weber struck out swinging to earn Boyceville’s first out of the fifth, but then the Bulldog bats ignited for a five-run inning that was capped by Madysn Riek’s deep drive over the fence for a home run to cut Elk Mound’s lead to 13-5.
The Mounders scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 14-5, and then held the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn the W.
Lindquist led the Elk Mound offense with a trio of RBIs and three doubles while Karie Jo Nigon sent home four runners. Sophomore Morgan Radtke batted in a pair of runners, and Emily Ausman and Kirstin Dutzle each accounted for one RBI. Scharlau logged a double in the game.
Hallum pitched seven innings against the Bulldogs, allowing five runs and striking out five batters.
BOYCEVILLE 5, ELK MOUND 14
Boyceville…………….0 0 0 0 5 0 0 — 5
Elk Mound………….2 6 0 5 0 1 0 — 14
The Mounders traveled to Arkansaw May 9 for their second meeting of the season with the Durand Panthers, and walked away later that evening after a decisive 11-4 win to go 2-0 against the Panthers in 2017.
The Elk Mound bats did not get going until the second inning, when the Mounders drove in a pair of runs to go up 2-0. They sent home three in the third and two more in the top of the fourth to take a 7-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
The Panthers put themselves on the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the inning to head into the fifth with a 7-4 score.
The Mounder hitters stayed alive with three more runs in the top of the fifth before holding Durand scoreless in the bottom half for a 10-4 lead. The Panthers could not score any more runners, but Elk Mound scored one more in the seventh to cop the win and stay undefeated in the D-SC.
Junior Madysen Borofka led the Mounder offense with a trio of RBIs and a pair of doubles. Sophie Cedarblade and Allison Lindquist each picked up a pair of RBIs and Lindquist logged a double. Lauren Scharlau and Karie Jo Nigon sent one batter home apiece, while Nigon recorded a double. Hailey Blaskowski is credited with a pair of doubles.
Clare Hallum continued her strong first season in the circle by striking out five and allowing four runs.
ELK MOUND 11, DURAND 4
Elk Mound……………0 2 3 2 3 0 1 — 11
Durand………………..0 0 0 4 0 0 0 — 4
Elk Mound did it again May 12 when it blew past the Raiders 12-7 to stay perfect in the Dunn-St. Croix.
The Mounders got on the board right away with three runs in the first inning, but Elmwood responded in the bottom half with two runs of their own, allowed Elk Mound a one-run lead as both teams headed into the second.
Elk Mound then scored another two runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead while holding the Raiders scoreless in the second and third. The orange and black scored a run in the fourth and again in the fifth while shutting the Elmwood squad out both innings to take a 7-2 lead into the sixth.
The Raider defense began to figure things out and blanked the Mounders in the top of the sixth before sending in three runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut Elk Mound’s lead to 7-5 as both teams moved into the final inning.
The Mounders reeled in another five runs to move ahead to 12-5, but the Raiders tacked up another two runs before getting their third out and ending the game trailing 12-7.
Karie Jo Nigon sent in three runners in the game, while Lauren Scharlau batted around two and logged a pair of singles. Clare Hallum and Emily Ausman recorded a pair of RBIs each and one double apiece, Allison Lindquist logged two runs batted in, and Hailey Blaskowski took an RBI and a double.
Nigon hurled 68 pitches in six innings, earning one strike out and giving up eight hits and five runs. Hallum pitched an inning, giving up a trio of hits and a pair of runs.
ELK MOUND 12, ELMWOOD 7
Elk Mound………….3 2 0 1 1 0 5 — 12
Elmwood……………2 0 0 0 0 3 2 — 7 [/emember_protected]