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By Amber Hayden
It was an exciting week for the Mounder ladies as they were finally able to play a pair of Dunn-St. Croix softball games. Even better, Elk Mound came up the winner against both a tough Glenwood City squad and the Mondovi Buffaloes.
Elk Mound junior pitching ace Clare Hallum gave up seven hits to Glenwood City in last Tuesday’s, April 16, home game but allowed the first-place Hilltoppers just a single run as she out dueled GC senior standout Maggie Wallin and helped lead the Mounders to a 4-1 victory in their first conference contest.
The Mounders traveled to Mondovi Thursday, April 18 for their second game of the week. Elk Mound’s offense connected well with the Mondovi pitching as they finished with ten hits to beat the Buffaloes of Mondovi, 12-2, in five innings.
With the most recent victories, Elk Mound is off to a 2-0 start in conference play and 3-1 overall.
Weather permitting, the Mounders were to open this week’s schedule with home games against Spring Valley on Monday, April 22 and Pepin/Alma Tuesday, April 23. They have a Thursday, April 25 non-conference tilt in Somerset and will be in Spring Valley this Friday. Elk Mound will make a brief stop at home next Monday, April 29 to host a double header against the rival Colfax Vikings before heading back out on the road to play Elnmwood/Plum City in Plum City on Tuesday, April 29.
The Lady Mounders may not have had a big score against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers, but it was enough to hand the first-place Toppers their first conference loss by a score of 4-1.
“The game last night was a great start to the conference season,” said Mounders’ acting head coach McKayla Brunner. “We were skeptical going in as Glenwood City had four conference games under their belt and we had none and frankly haven’t played a game in two weeks.”
Elk Mound pitcher Clare Hallum surrendered seven hits to the Hilltoppers but allowed just one run as she picked up the seven-inning win. She struck out a pair of GC batters and walked four.
Her Glenwood City counterpart wasn’t as fortunate. Senior Maggie Wallin allowed just four Mounder hits but Elk Mound made the most of them, scoring four runs including three in the decisive third inning.
Elk Mound took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning when McKenna Diermeier reached on a bunt, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Hailey Blaskowski.
Diermeier scored again in the third along with Hallum and Sophie Cedarblade as the Lady Mounders took a 4-0 lead.
A strong Mounders’ defense kept the Hilltoppers from scoring until the fourth inning when Maggie Wallin tripled and then scored Glenwood City’s only run on a RBI sacrifice fly.
“The bottom of the third we added to the scoreboard,” said Brunner. “It’s always nice to get a lead early and that is what they’ve continued to do.”
Besides Diermeier and Blaskowski, Elk Mound also got singles from Hallum, Cedarblade and Morgan Radtke.
“My compliments go to our defense as we remained scoreless for the last three innings and that’s a lot of game left,” Brunner explained. “We couldn’t adjust at the plate, so they did their job and then some in the field to make up for it. All in all, a great team win and we’re looking forward to getting more games in.”
ELK MOUND 4, GLENWOOD CITY 1
Elk Mound….….….….……1 0 3 0 0 0 0– 4
Glenwood City.….….….…..0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1
Elk Mound (4)
AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 1-1-2, Sophie Cedarblade 3-1-1, Hailey Blaskowski 3-1-0, Clare Hallum 3-1-1, Abby Curry 2-0-0, Issie Hollister 1-0-0, Morgan Radtke 3-1-0, Alyssa Lauer 2-0-0, Kayli Solberg 1-0-0, Orianna Horel 3-0-0. Total 23-5-4.
Glenwood City (1)
AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 4-1-0, Bella Lawson 3-0-0, Kaitlin Lee 3-0-0, Delanie Fayerweather 4-2-0, Maggie Wallin 4-2-1, Logan Hoitomt 3-0-0, Anna Brigham 2-0-0, Kendall Schutz 3-2-0, Ashlee Peterson 2-1-0. Total 28-8-1.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 7 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 1 R (1 earned); Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 6 IP, 5 H, 10 K, 4 BB, 4 R (3 earned).
The Elk Mound ladies once again played a great defense, but coach McKayla Brunner complimented the hitters who had 10 hits in five innings for a 12-2 Mounders’ win over Mondovi.
“We saw two different pitchers, one who moved the ball well around the plate and another who provided great speed,” Brunner explained.
Neither of which were a factor in the game as the Lady Mounders were hot with the bats throughout the game and scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth and six in the fifth and final inning.
Clare Hallum led the Mounders on defense and offense.
The junior allowed the Buffaloes to score just twice on three hits and finished with five strike outs. Hallum also went 3-for-3 at the plate including a double and two runs scored and a whopping six RBIs.
Sophie Cedarblade was also perfect in her at bats, going 2-for-2 and three runs scored.
“Hailey Blaskowski and Abby Curry both had great hits too as well as base hits coming from underclassmen Orianna Horel and Hannah Larson,” Brunner stated.
Blaskowski put up a sacrifice in the third to help score a run for the Mounders and after being walked in the fifth, was able to score a run, as for Curry she had one hit against the Buffaloes in the fourth to help move the runners around the bases.
Underclassmen Orianna Horel went one-of-three and was walked on base once, with her lone hit in the game she brought in two RBI and scored two runs as well.
ELK MOUND 12, MONDOVI 2
Elk Mound….….….….……0 0 2 4 6– 12
Mondovi….….….….….…..1 0 0 1 0 – 2
Elk Mound (12)
AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 3-1-3, Clare Hallum 3-3-2, Sophie Cedarblade 2-2-3, Issie Hollister 3-1-1, Hailey Blaskowski 3-0-1, Kallee Rhude 3-1-0, Abby Curry 4-1-0, Morgan Radtke 3-0-0, Hannah Larson 1-0-0, Orianna Horel 3-1-2. Total 28-10-12.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum (W) 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 R. Mondovi — Abby Johnson 2 IP, 6H, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K; Rian Evans (L) 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K.