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By Amber Hayden
Last week was an extremely busy but highly one successful for the Elk Mound softball squad.
Playing in seven games, including a pair of doubleheaders, in six days, Elk Mound won six of the seven and extended its conference unbeaten streak to 12 games with wins over Colfax, Elmwood/Plum City, Durand and Boyceville. The lone defeat, the Mounders’ first since an 9-8 loss to Bloomer back on April 4, came Saturday, May 4 in Arcadia as the Raiders snapped the local’s 12-game victory run.
The Mounders began with a 3-1 and 4-0 doubleheader home sweep over rival Colfax last Monday, April 29 (see separate story), and then followed up with a 7-0 road win over Elmwood/Plum City on Tuesday, April 30 and another shut out, this one a 4-0 victory at home against Durand, on Thursday, May 2 before dominating Boyceville in a home doubleheaders last Friday, May 3 – 15-1 and 16-4.
The Mounders, 12-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix with a one game lead over Glenwood City, welcomed the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves this past Monday, May 6, before resting until Thursday, May 9, when they travel to Glenwood City for a game with conference championship implications. They will host Mondovi on Friday, May 10 and travel to Altoona on Saturday, May 11 to take part in a triangular against Altoona and Prescott. Elk Mound will wrap up conference and regular season play next Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14 with away games against Pepin/Alma in Pepin and at Durand.
The WIAA regional tournament begins on Thursday, May 16.
Clare Hallum didn’t allow a single run as Elk Mound defeated Elmwood/Plum City in Plum City last Tuesday, April 30, by a score of 7-0.
Hallum earned the win for the Mounders as she went all seven innings giving up four hits while striking out two. Hallum also earned an RBI in the fifth inning when she grounded out to bring in teammate Hailey Blaskowski.
“The weather was again a factor as it was cold and wet,” said coach McKayla Brunner. “But the girls battled a great game and earned a victory in the end to stay on top of the Dunn-St. Croix.”
Hailey Blaskowski led Elk Mound with two hits in four at bats and scored two runs. Blaskowski was credited with an RBI in the fifth inning when she blasted a triple to bring in Sophie Cedarblade.
The Mounders secured the victory five runs in the fourth inning as Hannah Larson and Kallee Rhude earning an RBI a piece. Larson was one-of-three at the plate with a run as well.
“The girls were aggressive on the bases and took advantage where and when we could,” Brunner explained, whose Mounders also took advantage of four Wolves errors.
ELK MOUND 7, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 0
Elk Mound.….….….……0 0 0 5 2 0 0– 7
Elmwood/Plum City.…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Elk Mound (7) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 3-0-0, Sophie Cedarblade 4-0-1, Hailey Blaskowski 4-2-2, Clare Hallum 3-0-0, Morgan Hallum 1-0-0, Abby Curry 3-1-1, Issie Hollister 4-1-1, Morgan Radtke 2-0-1, Hannah Larson 3-1-1, Kallee Rhude 3-0-0. Total 30-5-7.
Elmwood/Plum City (0) AB-H-R: Kali Brathol 3-1-0, Rowan Rupakus 2-0-0, Brooklyn Link 2-1-0, Anna Blanford 3-0-0, Taylin Delong 2-0-0, Mikinzie Ingli 3-0-0, Maggie Glaus 3-0-0, Hannah Baier 3-1-0, Halli Martin 3-0-0. Total 24-3-0.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 7 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 R; EPC — Anna Blanford 7 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 7 R (1 earned).
Clare Hallum and the Mounders returned home Thursday, May 2 to play host to the Durand Panthers in a D-SC contest.
Hallum was able to earn another shut out victory as the Mounders stayed perfect in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 4-0 victory.
Hallum went all seven innings for Elk Mound and struck out eight batters while giving up only three hits. She also scored a run in the first inning off a ground ball by teammate Abby Curry.
Hailey Blaskowski also scored in the first inning to give the Mounders an early 2-0 lead. They also added single runs in the third and fourth innings.
McKenna Diermeier scored in the third inning for Elk Mound when she was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Blaskowski. Diermeier was two-of-two at the plate with a pair of doubles and a RBI and run scored.
Kayli Solberg scored the Mounders final run an inning later when she was walked by Panthers’ pitcher Josie Radle, and able to score when McKenna Diermeier hit a double to left field.
Hallum, Kallee Rhude, Hannah Larson and Orianna Horel had singles for the Mounders.
ELK MOUND 4, DURAND 0
Elk Mound.….….….…2 0 1 1 0 0 X– 4
Durand….….….…..…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Elk Mound (4) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 2-2-1, Sophie Cedarblade 2-0-0, Hailey Blaskowski 2-0-1, Clare Hallum 2-1-1, Abby Curry 3-0-0, Issie Hollister 3-0-0, Kayli Solberg 0-0-1, Morgan Radtke 2-0-0, Hannah Larson 3-1-0, Kallee Rhude 3-1-0, Orianna Horel 1-1-0. Total 30-5-7.
Durand (0) AB-H-R: Hannah Prissel 4-0-0, Leah Sabelko 3-1-0, Madisyn Kilboten 2-1-0, Josie Radle 2-0-0, Jacie Kitchner 3-0-0, Addison Weiss 3-1-0, Nataya Hurlburt 3-0-0, Katelyn Schlosser 2-0-0. Total 25-3-0.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 R; Durand — Josie Radle 6 IP, 6 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 4 R (2 earned).
Boyceville – Game 1
After a hitting slump, the Mounder’s bats came alive once again in a home doubleheader against Boyceville last Friday, May 3.
Elk Mound snared 26 hits in the two games including 16 in a 16-4 victory over the Bulldogs in game one.
The Mounders scored 13 runs in the bottom of the second inning alone after taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Elk Mound added its final run in the fourth. and would end the game 16-4.
All four of Boyceville’s scores came in the top of the second and gave it a short-lived lead of 4-2.
“It was great to see our bats come alive again,” coach Brunner said. “Mid-season slump definitely hit us.”
Hailey Blaskowski led the Mounders’ offense with three hits in four plate appearances and finished with two doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. McKenna Diermeier, Clare Hallum, Sophie Cedarblade, Abby Curry and Hannah Larson also had two hits with Curry and Cedarblade each registering a double.
McKenna Diermeier was in the circle for Elk Mound for the final three innings after Coach Brunner decided to take out pitcher Clare Hallum after two innings. Diermeier is a freshman pitcher and earned eight strikeouts against the Bulldogs.
ELK MOUND 16, BOYCEVILLE 4
Elk Mound.….….….…… 2 13 0 1– 16
Boyceville….….…..….0 4 0 0 0 – 4
Elk Mound (16) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 4-2-2, Sophie Cedarblade 4-2-3, Hailey Blaskowski 4-3-2, Clare Hallum 4-2-2, Abby Curry 3-2-1, Issie Hollister 2-0-0, Orianna Horel 3-2-1, Morgan Radtke 1-1-0, Hannah Larson 2-2-2, Kallee Rhude 2-1-2. Total 29-17-16.
Boyceville (4) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 2-0-1, Amber Retzloff 2-1-0, Ella Holden 3-1-0, Jensine Boesl 1-0-0, Larissa Kruger 1-0-0, Madison Andrews 1-0-0, K. Bygd 2-1-0, Emma Ouellette 2-0-0, Harper Olson 1-0-1, Alyx Bloom 2-0-1, Mya Lagerstrom 1-0-1. Total 18-3-4.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 2 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 4 R (4 earned), McKenna Diermeier 3 IP, 0 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Boyceville — Alyx Bloom 1 IP, 10 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 8 R (7 earned), Ella Holden 3 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 8 R (2 earned).
Boyceville Game 2
In game two of the doubleheader, the Mounders had a big fifth inning that would lock the win in at 15-1 over the Bulldogs.
Leading just 2-1 entering the fifth, Elk Mound scored 13 times in the frame to blow out the Bulldogs.
Clare Hallum was in the circle for Elk Mound and lasted all five innings giving up just two hits and one unearned run, Hallum was also two-of-three at the plate with one RBI.
“All girls played well and contributed both in the field and at the plate,” explained Brunner.
Hailey Blaskowski and Issie Hollister had huge hits for the Mounders as they each brought in three RBIs. Blaskowski and Hollister each scored two runs a piece as well. Blaskowski, Abby Curry and Orianna Horel each had a pair of hits for the Mounders.
Elk Mound totaled ten hits against the Bulldogs in their 26 plate appearances.
ELK MOUND 15, BOYCEVILLE 1
Elk Mound.….….….……1 0 1 0 13– 15
Boyceville….….…..…..1 0 0 0 0– 1
Elk Mound (15) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 1-0-2, Sophie Cedarblade 3-0-1, Hailey Blaskowski 4-2-2, Clare Hallum 3-1-2, Abby Curry 3-2-2, Issie Hollister 2-1-2, Orianna Horel 4-2-1, Hannah Larson 3-1-1, Kallee Rhude 3-1-2. Total 26-10-15.
Boyceville (1) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 1-0-0, Emma Ouellette 2-0-1, Ella Holden 2-0-0, Amber Retzloff 2-1-0, Jensine Boesl 2-0-0, K. Bygd 2-0-0, Alyx Bloom 2-0-0, Mya Lagerstrom 2-0-0, Harper Olson 2-1-0. Total 17-2-1.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 R (0 earned); Boyceville — Ella Holden 5 IP, 10 H, 4 K, 8 BB, 15 R (8 earned).
The Elk Mound Mounders traveled to Arcadia on Saturday morning, May 4, and were unable to score a couple extra runs in the 4-2 loss.
Sophie Cedarblade and Orianna Horel were the only two Mounders to score on Saturday morning. Cedarblade was also one-of-four and Horel was unable to get a hit against Arcadia.
Earning an RBI for Elk Mound was Hanna Larson who had two hits in her three at bats.
Aracadia edged Elk Mound seven to six in the hit department.
McKenna Diermeier was in the circle for two innings and gave up just one hit while striking out three batters. Diermeier was also two-of-four at the plate. Clare Hallum took the loss after ptiching the first four innings.
ELK MOUND 2, ARCADIA 4
Elk Mound.….….….……0 1 0 0 0 0 1– 2
Arcadia.….….….…..…..1 0 2 0 1 0 X– 4
Elk Mound (2) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 4-2-0, Sophie Cedarblade 4-1-1, Hailey Blaskowski 3-0-0, Clare Hallum 4-0-0, Abby Curry 2-0-1, Issie Hollister 3-0-0, Orianna Horel 1-0-1, Hannah Larson 3-2-0, Kallee Rhude3-0-0. Total 27-6-2.
Arcadia (4) AB-H-R: A. Suchla 4-1-2, C. Halvorsen 2-1-1, L. Sendelbach 4-1-0, H. Suchla 2-1-0, M. Anderson 3-0-0, A. Pronschinski 3-0-0, H. Sonsalla 3-1-0, R. Haines 3-0-0, T. Pronschinski 3-2-0. Total 27-7-4.
Pitching: Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 4 IP, 6 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 4 R (1 earned), McKenna Diermeier 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Arcadia — A. Suchla 7 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 2 R (1 earned).