By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Topper softball team had one game last week prior to Easter vacation, which was held in Elk Mound. They are now in the midst of a hectic week with four games in five days.
The Lady Toppers started this week’s play off with a game in Mondovi on Monday, April 21, which ended in a big win of 8-2 over the Buffaloes.
Loss to Mounders
The Toppers were scheduled to host Elk Mound last Thursday (April 17), but due to wet weather conditions, the location was changed.
The Mounders were a tough competitor last season with a second place finish in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, but the Toppers gave them a run for their money for five straight innings.
The Toppers were up 3-1 going into the sixth, but the infamous one bad inning struck and the Mounders grabbed a hold of the ball and scored five runs.
Kenzie Kruse hit a double to left field in the seventh inning, which got her to third base and then Mikaela Voeltz reached first.
However, with two outs already hanging over their heads, the Toppers were sent back to the dugout with no runs scored so the game ended 6-3.
Voeltz scored two of the Toppers’ three runs with one in the first inning and another in the third. Taylor Brittain scored the other run after being walked in third.
GLENWOOD CITY 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
ELK MOUND 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Road win in Mondovi
After losing to the Mounders by one bad inning, the Toppers had a bitter taste in their mouth which they washed away when they stomped the Buffaloes, 8-2.
Kruse was at the top of the batting order again and she was the first Topper to cross home plate in the first inning on an RBI by Nikki Gabbert.
The second inning was a wash between both teams with zero runs being scored. Then things heated up in the third inning with the Toppers scoring six runs.
Kruse hit home plate for a second time and following her was Kelly Perkins, Megan Samens, Leslie Ludtke, Gabbert and Hannah Ludtke.
The Buffaloes stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third and scored just one run by Jacquelyn Laursen, which put the score at 7-1.
The Toppers maintained their six point lead throughout the fourth and fifth innings and zero runs were scored by either team.
Then finally in the sixth inning, the Toppers put Voeltz across home on an RBI by Gabbert.
The Buffaloes followed suit with a run scored by Samantha Wulff in the bottom of the sixth. However, no more runs were scored in the seventh inning and the Toppers were victorious 8-2.
“We played a full game last night,” said coach Pete Gaustad. “In previous games we would get into jams and then the wheels would come off. Last night we got out of them and we also cut down on our number of errors, which took pressure off the pitcher.”
Kruse finished with two runs, Voeltz had one run and two RBIs, Natalie Gabbert had two RBIs, Perkins had one run, Samens had one run, Leslie Ludtke had one run, Nikki Gabbert had one run and two RBIs and Hannah Ludtke had one run.
On the schedule for the week, the Toppers played in Spring Valley on Tuesday (April 22) and then they had the day off Wednesday before returning to the field to host Elmwood/Plum City on Thursday (April 24).
They finished their streak of games with another contest at home on Friday against Colfax. Each of the games is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.
GLENWOOD CITY 1 0 6 0 0 1 0
MONDOVI 0 0 1 0 0 1 0