by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
A pair of former Elk River softball shortstops had solid seasons in Division I this spring, one at the outset of her career, Kayti Hanson, and the other at the conclusion of hers, Dannie Skrove.
Hanson, freshman second baseman for Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, batted .273 (38-for-139) and got on base 41 more times with 30 walks and 11 times hit-by-pitch for a .439 on-base-percentage.
She notched 30 runs, 14 RBI and six steals, and defensively handled 203 chances with just eight errors (.961). She helped sharpen a strong, improving team as the Mastadons had a 45-14 record.
Skrove, senior outfielder for the Minnesota Gophers, became a .300 hitter for the first time in her college career, batting .308 this season (20-for-65) with 13 runs, a homer and 11 RBI. An outfielder, she missed 21 games with a hand injury.
The Gophers had their best season during her four-year tenure there, 31-22 overall and 10-14 in conference.
Skrove started every game but one during her first three seasons with the Gophers. Her hitting improved each year — .165, .202, .248 and finally .308.
Along with teammate Alissa Koch, Skrove has joined a team in the Netherlands on May 30. They are blogging about their experiences on gophersports.com.
Skrove, a Zimmerman resident who transferred to ERHS, started four years at shortstop for the Elks. Hanson played alongside her at second base in eighth and ninth grade, then took over the shortstop slot for three years, including the Elks state championship season of 2009.