Loss puts Elmwood behind in league standings
Winning two out of three games should have equaled a successful week for Elmwood.
But the one loss the Raiders had was a big one, 7-5 to St. Croix Central May 11 at Elmwood.
It put EHS a game behind the Panthers in the conference standings. This win, plus a 3-2 triumph over Glenwood City Friday, clinched a share of the D-SC title.
For Elmwood to grab a share, they have to hope beyond hope that a 1-14 Boyceville squad can upset SCC on Monday (although the Bulldogs have been playing well as of late).
The Raiders held a 4-0 lead after three and half innings but Central tied the score with four runs in the fourth and three plated three more in the sixth to overtake Elmwood again.
Elmwood lost despite outhitting the Panthers 10-6. Three players had two hits, Mary Laube, Erika Wolf and Renee Lehmann. Wolf and Lehmann both had two RBIs, Wolf also hit a triple.
Staying in contention
Despite the loss to the No. 6 ranked Panthers, Elmwood had to win its other two games last to stay in contention for the league title. And they had to win them on the road.
EHS edged Colfax 4-3 last Tuesday. Steph Callow put Elmwood on the board with a three-run single in the fifth. Wolf hit an RBI double in the seventh. She also was the winning pitcher.
Elmwood beat Mondovi 7-3 Friday. The Raiders had 10 hits, nearly half of them by Wolf as she went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, two RBIs and a double. Amanda Brunner was 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Kelsey Leach tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts to get the win.
Take a break
Spring Valley-Plum City played its last regular season contest Thursday at Elk Mound. The Cardinals have a week off before taking on Whitehall in the first round of the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament.
If any team needs a break its SV-PC. Since beating the Mounders at home a month ago, the Cards have compiled a 3-10 record, 1-9 in the league.
This time around SV-PC was edged by the Mounders 8-7. EM plated two runs in the sixth to reverse a 6-5 deficit. Then pitcher Kayla Kurtzhals went right through the Cardinal's batting order 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to get the win. The top two batters in Elk Mound's line-up, Nicki Linberg and Jenna Anderson both hit the RBIs that put the Mounders in front. Linberg finished with two hits and three runs.
Spring Valley-PC lost despite outhitting the home team 8-4. Aarynn Deutsch led the Cards with two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run single in the sixth. Molly Freund drove in two runs.
At the beginning of last week Spring Valley-Plum City lost 8-4 at home to Colfax. SV-PC again hit the ball well but not for impact. Kimmy Keehr was 3-for-4 for the Cards, including a three-run homer in the third that put her team ahead 3-0. Larissa Feuerhelm had two hits but the rest were scattered and none for extra bases. The Cards led 4-1 in the fifth when the Vikings plated five runs to themselves ahead for good. Laura Mau hit a three-run triple for Colfax but Vikes' benefitted most from 10 walks. Colfax won despite only getting three hits.
SV-PC followed that effort the very next day with a 19-9 loss at Mondovi in five innings. The Buffaloes plated nine runs in the second to take a 10-run margin of advantage at 12-2 which they held onto to end the contest early. Again, too many walks killed the Cards as they tallied 14 of them. But Mondovi also had eight hits led by Meghan Laursen and Renee Patterson, each with three. Lauresen had five RBIs and Patterson hit two doubles. Deutsch hit a two-run single.