Elk Mound's Clare Hallum did more than her share of work on the hill this season. In fact, Hallum pitched every inning of all 17 games this season, leading the Mounders to a 12-4 season and tying for second in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference (DSC) with Boyceville and Glenwood City at 7-2.
Hallum's grueling efforts on the mound landed her Player of the Year in the DSC — shared with Durand's Hannah Prissel — and a first team all-conference selection.
Hallum recorded 86 total strike outs over the course of the season, including one shut out and four games that featured only one run for the opposing team. Hallum threw 950 strikes and 465 balls on a total of 1,417 total pitches. She surrendered 47 runs on the season on 88 hits.
At the plate, Hallum collected 19 hits on 53 at bats for a batting average of .358. She hit 16 singles, two doubles, one triple and had 20 RBIs. She was struck out just twice all season.
Joining Hallum as a first team selection for Elk Mound was junior Abby Curry, who finished the 2018 season with a batting average of .420. She connected for one home run, two triples, six doubles, 12 singles and brought in 18 runs. In the field, Curry had seven putouts on 11 chances, had one assist and recorded three errors for a fielding percentage of .727.
Boyceville's Tyra Kostman and Colfax's Jozie Buchanan, both sophomores, also earned first team selections. Kostman pitched for the Bulldogs in 14 games to end the season with a 10-4 win-loss record. She tossed 77 strike outs and allowed 17 walks. On offense, Kostman connected for 16 hits, including 12 singles, four doubles and 10 RBIs. She finished with a batting average of .372. The Bulldogs' season came to an end in the opening round of regional play against Augusta.
Buchanan earned her first team pick for both her efforts at bat for the Vikings. She led at the plate with a batting average of .392, recording 20 hits on 51 at bats and 14 RBIs. She was sat down just four times and had seven walks. Buchanan pitched a total of 53 innings over the course of 10 games, striking out 40 batters.
Second team and honorable mention picks
Two Elk Mound and one Boyceville players were selected to the DSC all-conference second team: Allison Lindquist and Sophie Cedarblade of Elk Mound and Marissa Dormanen of Boyceville.
Lindquist led on offense for the Mounders with a batting average of .436. She recorded 24 hits on 55 at bats, including one home run, three triples, six doubles, 14 singles and 20 RBIs. She was struck out three times all season.
Cedarblade connected 19 times, hitting 15 singles, three doubles and one triple for a batting average of .388. In the field, Cedarblade had 18 putouts on 21 total chances, including one double play for a fielding percentage of .905.
Dormanen led the way for Boyceville on offense with a batting average of .392. She had 20 total hits, including 12 singles, eight doubles and brought in 10 runners. In the field, Dormanen took care of first base where she recorded 75 putouts on 84 total chances, had nine assists and zero errors to finish the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Boyceville's Kylie Krueger and McKenna Weber, Colfax's Kaitlyn Field and Elk Mound's Hailey Blaskowski earned honorable mention for their efforts.