Despite the lingering snow, Elk Mound’s softball team was able to begin the 2013 season on Thursday with a red-hot performance at the newly-built West St. Paul Dome in West St. Paul., Minn. Originally scheduled to play a Dunn-St. Croix Conference game with Mondovi on Thursday, field conditions played the ultimate role in allowing the Mounders to take on Menomonie at the neutral site and defeat the Mustangs, 6-4.
The Mounders got off to a fast start, building a 5-0 lead in the first two-and-a-half innings. But the Mustangs charged back, scoring all four of their runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to 2 runs. Neither team crossed home plate after the fourth inning.
Elk Mound senior Becca Kopp’s bat was a weapon of mass destruction as she hit 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles. Katie Bergh added a 2-for-3, 2 RBI outing for the Mounders. Winning pitcher Dayna Kotecki struck out four batters, walked three and allowed three earned runs in seven innings. Kotecki also hit 1-for-4 and tacked on an RBI. Maddy Polden hit 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Elk Mound outhit Menomonie, 10-7.
Elk Mound coach (and MHS alum) Kari Kallio said, “It was an awesome experience,” noting the incredible size of the dome and exciting environment as each team brought a handful of dedicated fans.
Menomonie statistics were not available.
Elk Mound 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 – 6
Menomonie 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 4