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By Amber Hayden
It was a busy but successful week for the Elk Mound softball team as it took on three teams in a matter of five days and swept their way to a clean 4-0 mark.
The Mounders book-ended the five-day foray with lopsided victories over Spring Valley, taking a rain-soaked 21-6 win at home last Monday, April 22 and a 20-1 road win over the Cardinals this past Friday, April 26.
Elk Mound’s Tuesday, April 23 home game with Pepin/Alma was a quick one for the Mounders as they gained a 16-1 win over the Eagles in three innings. Mounders’ pitcher Clare Hallum was tough in the circle and at the plate as she went three-of-three at the plate and gave up only one run.
In the closest game of the week, Elk Mound traveled to Somerset to take on the Spartans and still managed to blank the Spartans 9-0. Hallum was back in the circle for the Mounders and gave up just three hits and struck out five Spartan batters.
The Mounders, 5-0 in the D-SC and 7-1 overall, welcomed D-SC rival Colfax to their field for a double header this past Monday, April 29 and were in Plum City yesterday to take on the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. The start of May brings several back-to-back games for Elk Mound. This Thursday, May 2 the ladies welcome Durand, on Friday, May 3 they will be at Boyceville for a double header. Then on Saturday, May 4, Elk Mound will travel to Arcadia. Elk Mound is back at home next Monday, May 6 for another game against Elmwood/Plum City.
The rain and cold had little affect on the Elk Mound Mounders Monday, April 22, as they battled through it all to take a 21-6 victory over Spring Valley.
“Once again the weather was not in our favor, but the girls truly showed their competitive side and love for the game to play in any condition,” said Elk Mound coach McKayla Brunner.
The first inning belonged to the Mounders as they put up 16 of their 21 runs off of several walks and one big hit from junior Kayli Solberg.
Solberg brought in two runs when she hit it to center field for a triple. She finished the night one-for-two with three runs and two RBIs.
Spring Valley went through three pitchers – Kristine Miller, Kenzie White and Brenna Schreiber – in the first inning after Elk Mound had walked home three of their 16 runs. White and Schreiber hit four batters in the first inning including Hannah Larson, Issie Hollister, Hailey Blaskowski and Abby Curry.
Issie Hollister led things off in the circle for Elk Mound and threw three and a third innings striking out six Cardinal batters and giving up only two hits, Hollister also walked once in the first inning, scored three runs and brought in two RBIs.
Senior Morgan Radtke and freshmen Hannah Larson were the only others to garner a hit off of Spring Valley. Radtke wrapped it up with three runs, a walk and two RBIs while Larson had two runs, an RBI and one walk.
“As the season is now getting into full swing and back to back games, I’m excited to see what the girls will bring each night,” Brunner said.
ELK MOUND 21, SPRING VALLEY 6
Elk Mound….….….….……16 0 0 5– 21
Spring Valley.….….….…..1 0 1 4 – 6
Elk Mound (21) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 1-0-2, Sophie Cedarblade 1-0-2, Kayli Solberg 2-1-3, Issie Hollister 1-0-3, Hailey Blaskowski 1-0-2, Kallee Rhude 2-0-1, Abby Curry 1-0-3, Morgan Radtke 2-1-3, Hannah Larson 2-1-2. Total 13-3-21.
Spring Valley (6) AB-H-R: Kristine Miller 1-0-2, Taylor Hofacker 3-1-2, Kate Franzen 2-1-1, Quinn Anderson 2-1-1, Brenna Schreiber 1-0-0, Paige Peabody 1-0-0, Jasmine Ortner 1-0-0, Kenzie White 2-0-0, Mickayla Mattison 2-0-0, Karli Thorson 2-0-0. Total 17-3-6.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Issie Hollister 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 6 K, 6 BB, 5 R (3 earned), McKenna Diermeier 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 R (0 earned). Spring Valley — Kristine Miller 0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 3 R (3 earned), Kenzie White 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 9 BB, 10 R (9 earned), Brenna Schreiber 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 8 R (7 earned).
It was a solid home performance for the Mounders last Tuesday, April 23 against the defending conference champion Pepin/Alma squad. Elk Mound struck early and ended the game after three innings for the 16-1 win.
Clare Hallum went all three innings with a pitch count of just 23. The junior hurler gave up only two hits and one earned run to the Eagles. She was also spot on from the plate as she went three-for-three and scored three runs against Pepin/Alma and managed to knock in two RBIs.
Also scoring three runs a piece for Elk Mound were Sophie Cedarblade and McKenna Diermeier. The pair had two hits each. Cedarblade finished with three RBIs and Diermeier had two.
Abby Curry was walked on base once after being hit by a pitch, and scored twice for the Mounders along with two hits and an RBI.
Issie Hollister, Morgan Radtke, Hailey Blaskowski, and Kallee Rhude all scored in the three inning victory for the Mounders.
ELK MOUND 16, PEPIN/ALMA 1
Elk Mound.….….….……9 2 5– 16
Pepin/Alma.….….….…..0 1 0 – 1
Elk Mound (16) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 2-2-3, Sophie Cedarblade 3-2-3, Hailey Blaskowski 3-1-1, Clare Hallum 3-3-3, Abby Curry 2-1-2, Issie Hollister 3-2-2, Morgan Radtke 2-1-1, Hannah Larson 3-1-0, Kallee Rhude 3-2-1. Total 24-15-16.
Pepin/Alma (1) AB-H-R: Katrina Dangzinger 2-0-0, Maci Luff 2-0-0, Kylie Brunner 1-0-0, Emma Brecka 1-0-0, Alyssa Kosidowski 1-1-1, Addison Olson 1-0-0, Hailey Johnson 1-1-0, Julia Rud 1-0-0, Erin Seifert 1-0-0. Total 11-2-1.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 7 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 1 R (1 earned)
The Mounders’ softball team has been on a roll since a one-run loss to Bloomer back on April 4. Once again Elk Mound took the fight to their opponent and walked away with a win 9-0 over the Somerset Spartans last Thursday, April 25.
Clare Hallum was in the circle for Elk Mound through all seven innings against the Spartans and gave up only three hits and no runs while striking out five batters. Hallum also earned a run for the Mounders and one hit.
Issie Hollister and Morgan Radtke were able to get two runs against Spartans’ pitcher, Ring. Hollister was two-of-four from the plate with two runs and Radtke had two runs and one strikeout.
Kallee Rhude finished with two hits and scored a run.
ELK MOUND 9, SOMERSET 0
Elk Mound.….….……0 4 2 0 3 0 0– 9
Somerset.….….….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Elk Mound (9) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 3-1-1, Sophie Cedarblade 4-1-0, Hailey Blaskowski 4-2-0, Clare Hallum 4-1-1, Abby Curry 4-1-1, Issie Hollister 4-2-2, Morgan Radtke 4-0-2, Kallee Rhude 3-2-1, Orianna Horel 1-0-0. Total 34-11-9.
Somerset (0) AB-H-R: Leccia 4-1-0, Trautmiller 3-0-0, Hammer 2-0-0, Ring 3-1-0, Leonard 3-1-0, Weeks 2-0-0, Rivard 2-0-0, Dornself 3-0-0, Atkins 3-0-0. Total 25-3-0.
Elk Mound— Clare Hallum 7 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 0 R; Somerset— Ring 7 IP, 11 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 9 R (2 earned)
The second meeting of the Cardinals and Mounders in five days ended in almost identical fashion. Elk Mound put up 20 runs to the Cardinals 1 last Friday for its second three-inning win of the week.
Spring Valley’s pitchers Brenna Schreiber and Paige Peabody struggled to shut down Elk Mound as the Mounders were walked on base six times and had 12 hits in the three inning game.
McKenna Diermeier, Hailey Blaskowski and Sophie Cedarblade all garnered three runs a piece against Spring Valley. Diermeier was two-of-three at the plate with a walk, Cedarblade was zero-of-two with one walk and an RBI and Blaskowski was two-of-two with an RBI and a walk.
Stepping up to bring in four RBIs a piece were teammates Clare Hallum and Kallee Rhude, Hallum had two runs for Elk Mound and Rhude had two hits and a run.
ELK MOUND 20, SPRING VALLEY 1
Elk Mound….….….….……14 6 0– 20
Spring Valley.….….….………0 0 1 – 1
Elk Mound (20) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 3-2-3, Sophie Cedarblade 2-0-3, Hailey Blaskowski 2-2-3, Marian Lee 1-0-0, Clare Hallum 3-2-2, Abby Curry 2-0-2, Ari Pinder 1-0-0, Issie Hollister 1-1-2, Morgan Radtke 3-2-2, Hannah Larson 2-1-2, Kallee Rhude 3-2-1, Orianna Horel 1-0-0. Total 24-12-20.
Spring Valley (1) AB-H-R: Taylor Hofacker 2-1-0, Kate Franzen 2-0-0, Quinn Anderson1-0-0, Leigha Prudlow 1-0-0, , Brenna Schreiber 1-0-0, Paige Peabody 0-0-1, Mickayla Mattison 1-0-0, Karli Thorson 1-0-0. Total 11-2-1.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Sophie Cedarblade 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 R (1 earned); Spring Valley — Brenna Schreiber 2 IP, 11 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 14 R (6 earned), Paige Peabody 0 IP, 1 H , 0 K, 5 BB, 6 R (6 earned), Kristine Miller 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R.