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Lady Hilltoppers finish 0-2 after the week of conference play

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City softball team was scheduled to play a slew of games last week with contests on the road Monday and Tuesday and then a game on Thursday at home, which was postponed due to rain. They ended the long week with a loss to Colfax on Friday.

Rough start to the week

Tuesday night’s game was a brutal one for the Lady Toppers as they lost to Spring Valley 23-1, which resulted in a five inning game due to the ten-run rule.

“Our hitters just struggled to find their timing with the Spring Valley pitcher. We were not very patient,” explained coach Pete Gaustad.

Alison VonHaden was the pitcher for the Cardinals and her slower speed was extremely effective against the Topper’s batting roster. She had six strikeouts and allowed three walks, six hits and the run.

The one run she did allow came in the fifth inning after Mikaela Voeltz hit a single and then advanced to third on a double by Natalie Gabbert. Voeltz was hit home on an RBI by Kelly Perkins.

The Cardinals on the other hand scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second, nine in the third and seven in the fourth to total their 23 run finish.

Starting on the mound for the Toppers was Leslie Ludtke, who allowed six hits and 11 runs. Megan Samens relieved her and allowed six hits and ten runs before Carlee Strong finished with two runs and one hit allowed.

Vikings win at home 

The Toppers had a break on Wednesday and then they were scheduled to play against Elmwood/Plum City on Thursday (April 24), but the rain postponed that contest.

The Toppers were then scheduled to be at home the following evening, but the location was changed to Colfax. That contest did not end in the Topper’s favor as they lost 10-6.

“We gave them five outs in the first and we paid for it,” explained coach Gaustad. “Giving up six runs is tough to dig out of during a game, but we fought back and played great after that.”

The Vikings held their six run lead over the Toppers for four straight innings due to neither team scoring in the second, third and fourth.

The Toppers saw their first runner cross home plate in the fifth inning then with Hannah Ludtke scoring on an RBI from Voeltz after she hit a single to left field.

Perkins started at bat for the team in the sixth inning and she singled as well. Her aggressive base running put her on home plate with the help of an RBI by Samens.

The Toppers put two runners across the plate between the fifth and sixth innings and the Vikings scored four of their own for a 10-2 score going into the seventh.

The Toppers had their best at-bat in the final inning with Voeltz, Natalie Gabbert, Perkins and Samens each getting walked by Lakken Meredith and then scoring.

Leslie Ludtke and Nikki Gabbert each took a bite out of the ball before the inning ended.

Meredith walked seven Hilltopper batters in 33 at-bats. She allowed the six runs, but had seven strikeouts as well.

Leslie Ludtke pitched seven innings for the Toppers with a total of 37 at-bats, one strikeout, 11 walks and the ten runs.

On the schedule, the Toppers were slated to host Durand on Monday (April 28) and then Boyceville on Thursday (May 1). If the weather allows, they will then hit the road on Friday to play against Pepin/Alma.