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by Marlys Kruger
Both the Elk Mound and Colfax softball teams completed Dunn-St. Croix Conference play with the Mounders taking a pair of games from the Vikings May 16 and 17.
The wins gave the Mounders a tie for the conference championship with Mondovi as both teams finished with a record of 13-1.
Overall, Elk Mound is currently 15-3 while Colfax is 7-8.
Elk Mound played that same Mondovi team in a Division 3 regional semifinal playoff Tuesday, May 24 while Colfax will have hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser that same day in a Division 4 regional semifinal contest.
Elk Mound 15, Colfax 0
In the game played at Colfax on Monday, May 16, the Vikings could not muster any offense off Mounder hurler McKenna Diermeier as she held the Vikings to just one hit. Elk Mound slammed 13 hits and drew eight free passes off Colfax pitcher Mallory Field to help them finish the contest in five innings.
The Mounders scored three runs in the first inning then added two in the third, four in the fourth then put the game away with six runs in the fifth inning.
Issie Hollister batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Diermeier was also 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and crossed home plate twice while Morgyn Hallum banged a couple of hits while scoring twice and bringing in a run. Ellie Schiszik added a hit and brought in two runs and scored twice, Laura Garnett smacked a double and picked up two RBIs, Kallee Rhude contributed with a pair of RBIs and a run scored while Hannah Larson came all the way around to score three times.
Hannah Peterson broke up the no-hitter for Colfax with a single as Diermeier struck out 13 Vikings and walked two.
Elk Mound 17, Colfax 3
The game played the next day in Elk Mound played out pretty much the same but the Vikings managed to score a few runs off Diermeier this go around.
The Mounders scored right off the bat again with four runs in the first, this time off Colfax pitcher Alexis Schindler. They added a pair in the second but the Vikings picked up all three of their runs in the third to close the gap at 6-3.
The Mounders made quick work of things when they poured on nine runs in the bottom of the fourth, then shut the Vikings down in the top of the fifth to finish in five innings again.
Diermeier went the distance, allowing three hits with ten Ks and four free passes. Schindler struggled with her control as she gave up seven hits and 14 walks with just one strikeout.
Diermeier led the hitting brigade with two hits including a home run and a double and scored four times, and Hallum knocked in three runs. Schiszik went 2-for-3 with a trio of RBIs and came home once, Chloe Dummer drew three free passes and scored twice and Jaidynn Sarauer picked up a hit, came home twice and collected an RBI.
Jada Anderson had two of the three Viking hits and scored once, Paige Jensen banged out a hit and brought in a pair of runs while Field brought in a run.