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After losing three of its previous four contests including two in a May 1 triangular at Prescott, the Elk Mound softball squad rebounded to take wins in three straight games last week before dropping a pair in Arcadia.
Two of those victories came in Dunn-St. Croix contests. The Lady Mounders blanked the Cardinals of Spring Valley 15-0 in a five-inning May 3 affair in Elk Mound and followed that up by squeezing past host Durand 4-2 three days later.
Elk Mound then traveled to Amery for a non-conference match-up on Friday, May 7 where it dispatched the Warriors 11-0 thanks to a six-run sixth inning.
The following day, Saturday, May 8, the Mounders went south to take part in a tournament at Arcadia where they lost a pair – 8-7 to Blair-Tayolor and 10-5 to the host Raiders.
Elk Mound is now 5-5 overall and are currently in a three-way tie for second in conference with a 3-1 record.
Elk Mound faced conference leader Elmwood/Plum City Monday, May 10 in Elmwood and will host Boyceville on Thursday. Then next Monday, May 17, the Mounders will be in Glenwood City to take on the reigning D-SC champion Hilltoppers.
Elk Mound showed an opportunistic offense when it hosted winless Spring Valley May 3.
The Mounders made the most of their six hits and the nine walks given to them by Cardinal pitching to score 11 runs in the first two innings in an eventual 15-0, five-innings whitewashing of the Red Birds.
Elk Mound collected five runs in the bottom of the first frame, six more in the second, and then brought the game to an end in the fourth with four more runs by rule, which states that a game is over if a team is leading by 15 runs or more after three innings of play.
McKenna Diermeier and Kailee Rhude each had a pair of hits with one of Rhude’s smacks going for a double. Rhude also had four RBIs with Diermeier, Kira Conlin, and Hannah Larson contributing a pair of RBIs. Conlin and Stella Rhude had other Mounder hits.
Issie Hollister threw all four innings to get the win striking out seven, walking just one, and scattering five Valley hits.
Three runs in the first two frames including a pair of runs in the second innings proved the difference in the Lady Mounders 4-2 victory over host Durand in a conference game played at the old Arkansaw Elementary School last Thursday, May 6.
Ahead 3-1, Elk Mound pushed an insurance run across home plate in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-1 ball game.
Durand scored once in its final at bat in the seventh but it was too little to late as Elk Mound held on for the two-run win.
Unfortunately, there was no statistical information or other details available when the Messenger went to press Monday afternoon.
Elk Mound capped its week the way it began with a shut-out victory.
In a Friday, May 7 non-conference contest in Amery, the Mounders built a 5-0 lead after four frames over the Warriors before scoring six times in the sixth to earn the 11-0 road win.
Elk Mound scored twice in the first and third innings and another run in the fourth for the 5-0 advantage. It remained that way until the sixth when the Mounders scored six times to take a commanding 11-0 lead. When Amery was unable to score in the bottom half of the inning, the game ended.
The Lady Mounders collected nine hits to the Warriors’ six with Kailee Rhude leading the Elk Mound hit parade once again as she finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Hannah Larson collected two hits in four at-bats with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Ella Audorff smacked a 3-run homer and finished with four RBIs.
Larson along with McKenna Diermeier, Kailee, and Stella Rhude each had a stolen base.
Issie Hollister took the mound win whiffing six, walking two, and allowing six hits in six innings of work.
Elk Mound saw its three-game winning streak snapped with a pair of losses in the Arcadia Invite May 8.
Despite outhitting Blair-Taylor 11 to seven in the opening game, the Wildcats prevailed in a tight 8-7 decision thanks in part to four Mounder errors.
Blair-Taylor led 3-2 going into the fifth inning but Elk Mound plated five runs to take a 7-3 advantage only to see the Wildcats score three in the bottom half of the inning and two more in their final at bat in the seventh to rally for the one-run victory.
McKenna Deirmeier, Kira Conlin, and Stella Rhude had a pair of hits each and Hannah Larson hit a solo home run. Conlin finished with three RBIs.
Issie Hollister started on the mound and went four innings striking out three and walking four for no decisions. Deirmeier came on in relief in the fifth and suffered the loss as she surrendered five runs on four hits including two home runs and a pair of base on balls.
In the second game of the day, Elk Mound started fast, grabbing a 4-0 lead over Arcadia in the first inning.
But the Raiders took three back in their half of the third and blow open the game with six runs in the fourth to grab their first lead of the contest at 9-4. Elk Mound added its final run in the fifth and Arcadia responded with one in the sixth to account for the final 10-5 tally.
Both teams finished with nine hits, with Issie Hollister, Stella Rhude (a double), and Chloe Dummer each collecting a pair.The Raiders committing four errors to the Mounders’ one.
Diermeier again suffered the pitching loss as she started and went four innings surrendering nine runs on seven hits and five walks with a pair of strike outs.
With a number of players absent or ineligible, Elk Mound struggled to put runs on the board when it played in the Prescott Triangular Saturday, May 1.
In its two games against host Prescott, and Altoona, the Mounders scored just one run. That single score came in a 15-1 opening loss to Altoona. The Cardinals then shut out the Mounders 11-0 in the second contest.
Against Altoona, McKenna Diermeier surrendered 13 hits to the Lady Railroaders while the Mounders defense suffered a half dozen errors in the 14-run set
Diermeier, Hannah Larson, and Ella Audorff each had a hit for the Mounders in the contest.
Much like their game against Altoona, Elk Mound had four more errors and gave up nine hits resulting in an 11-0 loss to Prescott. The Mounders’ five hits in that game were singles by Issie Hollister, McKenzie Woodard, McKenna Diermeier, Hannah Larson, and Kailee Rhude.