ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound softball team jumped to perfect 3-0 start as it defeated a trio of Dunn-St. Croix squads to open the 2018 season on a high note.
Although it was just the first week of competition for the Lady Mounders, they appeared to be hitting on all cylinders – offense defense and pitching.
Elk Mound scored 46 runs, collected 38 hits in those trio of contests and saw pitcher Clare Hallum pick up three consecutive victories including a perfect, no-hit performance in Spring Valley last Thursday.
The Lady Mounders opened the regular season with a 11-4 win at home over Plum City last Tuesday, April 24 before traveling to Spring Valley to deliver a 20-0, three-inning beat down on the Cardinals in which Hallum did not allow a hit or walk and struck out six on 98 pitches.
Returning home the following afternoon to open Dunn-St. Croix Conference play, Elk Mound pummeled Elmwood 15-3 in the April 27 game.
A hectic schedule awaits the Mounders this coming week. After hosting Amery Monday, they traveled to Alma for a D-SC contest against Pepin/Alma. The Ladies then return home Thursday to welcome Glenwood City before hitting the road on Friday to play another conference game in Mondovi. Durand will come to town on Tuesday, May 8.
Elk Mound got off to a bit of a shaky start in its home and season opener last Tuesday, April 24 against Plum City.
The Blue Devils scored four runs in the top of the opening inning on a pair of hits including a double, two Mounders’ errors and a walk.
But Elk Mound jumped back into the contest in the bottom half of the inning on Allison Lindquist’s three-run home run. Sophie Cedarblade and Clare Hallum had both singled prior to Lindquist’s bases-clearing shot.
Hallum settled in on the mound after the first. She pitched six consecutive scoreless innings and allowed just two more hits and struck out six in an 11-4 Mounders win.
After scoring a run in second and third innings, the Lady Mounder plated five runs in the fourth on eight straight hits including a leadoff double by Cedarblade.
Hallum, Abby Curry and Orianna Horel each finished the game with three hits with Hallum and Curry adding three RBIs.
Morgan Radtke, Hailey Blaskowski, Lindquist and Cedarblade each had a pair of hits as Elk Mound collected 18 hits to Plum City’s five.
Elk Mound had its offense in high gear when it visited Spring Valley April 26.
The Mounders softball squad lit up the host Cardinals for 20 runs on just eight hits but drew a dozen walks and went on to claim a 20-0 shut out in three innings.
The Cardinal hitters could not get their bats on Clare Hallum’s throws. The Mounders’ hurler did not allowed a hit or walk in 21 at bats by the Cardinals to earn a perfect game victory. She finished with four strike outs.
Offensively, Elk Mound put runs on the board in all three innings. Leading 7-0 after two frames, the Mounders scored 13 times in the top of the third to bring the contest to an end.
Allison Lindquist went 3-for-4 in the game with a triple and double, Abby Curry had two hits with a double and Morgan Radtke’s hit went for a double.
Elmwood put an early scare into the Mounders when the pair played in Elk Mound last Friday.
The Raiders got their leadoff hitter on base and then hit a double off the Mounders’ pitching ace Clare Hallum allowing the visitors to take a 1-0 advantage in the top half of the opening inning.
“Wow, Elmwood came out swing!” said Samantha Stelter, Elk Mound’s head coach.
“They hit extremely aggressive and really caught us off guard.”
Elk Mound got hits from Madysen Borofka, Sophie Cedarblade and Allison Lindquist in their half of the first which brought home a run to tie the game.
But Elmwood came up with another double and coupled with a single a few at bats later, added a run to go back in front 2-1.
“It took a couple innings to settle in and find our game but once we did our offense really took over,” added Stelter. “On the defensive end, I talked with Clare in the 2nd inning about a couple adjustments and her and Allison worked together to really keep Elmwood off balance after that.”
After surrendering four hits and two runs in the first two innings, Hallum gave up just three hits and a run the rest of the way to help her Lady Mounders pocket a 15-3, five-inning win.
In the third, Elk Mound took the lead for good when Lindquist doubled, Morgan Radtke tripled and Hallum and Orianna Horel each added singles as the Mounders scored five times.
Radtke would triple again in the fourth frame and Hallum added a pair of singles to help Elk Mound tack on nine more runs.
Elmwood scored its final run in the top of the fifth before Hallum retired the side and ended the game.
Lindquist finished with three hits including a double, Radtke had a pair of hits – both triples, and Christa Sweeney and Hallum finished with two hits each.