By Kelsie Hoitomt
HAMMOND/BOYCEVILLE – The Glenwood City softball team played their first two games of the season this past week with the kick off against St. Croix Central last Thursday, April 10. No break was had as they were back on the road the next evening to play against Boyceville.
The Toppers finished 1-1 after they beat the Panthers by one shear points in a 11-10 final, but they turned around and were hit hard by the Bulldogs, 17-7.
First win of the season
The Toppers came out swinging hard right from the get-go against the Panthers with a 6-2 lead after the second inning.
One run was scored in the first inning by Kenzie Kruse and then five in the second with Kruse, Mikaela Voeltz, Megan Samens, Natalie Gabbert and Taylor Brittain crossing home.
Samens blasted the ball into the outfield in the second for a three-run homer, which was the Toppers’ biggest inning of the game.
Kruse crossed home plate for the third time in the third inning and Brittain for her second, which put the Toppers up 8-2.
The Panthers did score one run themselves in the third and then an additional one run in the fourth and fifth for 10-5 score going into the sixth inning.
The Toppers put up their final run of the game in the top of the sixth inning with Hannah Ludtke hitting home base after teammate Natalie Gabbert helped hit her in.
The game became all defensive for the Hilltoppers after the Panthers went on a tear in the sixth inning. They scored four runs to close to score gap to 11-9.
The Toppers were scoreless in the top of the seventh, which gave the Panthers a chance to win. They had two singles to start the inning and put the Toppers on edge.
However, a quick decision by pitcher Leslie Ludtke saved the game. Leslie threw the ball to Nikki Gabbert who was at third base and she caught the throw and tagged out Vermeesch of SCC for the final out of the game and the Toppers were victorious.
From the top of the roster, Kruse finished with three runs and one RBI, Voeltz had one run and two RBIs, Samens had one run and three RBIs, Kelly Perkins had one home-run and one RBI, Hannah Ludtke had one run, Natalie Gabbert had two runs and one RBI and Taylor Brittain had two runs.
GLENWOOD CITY 1 5 2 1 1 1 X
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 2 1 1 1 4 1
Defeated in Boyceville
The game started the same for the Toppers while playing against the Bulldogs last Friday, however the ending was quite different.
The Toppers had some big hits against Bulldog pitcher Kennedy Hellmann, including a two-run home run by Kenzie Kruse in the second, which put the Toppers up 4-0.
The game changed drastically in the third inning as the Bulldogs stepped into the batter’s box and gave Leslie Ludtke a run for her money. They posted ten runs in the third inning alone for a 10-4 lead going into the fourth.
The Bulldogs continued their assault in the third inning with seven additional runs scored against the Toppers’ one.
With the 15 run rule in effect, the Toppers scored two final runs in the fifth inning from Nikki Gabbert and Hannah Ludtke and then the game ended 17-7.
“We hit the ball very well, but it was always right at a Boyceville player. If we cut our errors down we are in better shape,” said coach Pete Gaustad.
Kruse and Nikki Gabbert each finished with two runs and Voeltz, Hannah Ludtke and Natalie Gabbert each had one.
GLENWOOD CITY 2 2 0 1 2
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 1 0 7 X