By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Glenwood City softball team was scheduled to spend a couple days at home with a game against Colfax on Tuesday and another on Thursday, but severe weather postponed those contests.
The Toppers wrapped up last week with three games on Saturday at the Gilman Tournament. The girls finished 0-3 against Medford, Spencer and Stratford.
There was a day of rest on Sunday before games resumed. This week of play then started with a road game on Monday, May 12 in Elk Mound which ended in a loss.
The Vikings beat the Toppers for the second time this season with an 11-4 final in seven innings.
The Toppers were ahead two runs in the first inning after scoring four runs. However, the bats dried up after that and no runs were scored against the Viking’s pitcher, Lakken Meredeth.
Mikaela Voeltz, Natalie Gabbert, Kelly Perkins and Megan Samens scored for the Toppers in the first. Perkins hit a double for two RBIs and Brooke Wickman also had an RBI.
Leslie Ludtke was walked and made it to third and Nikki Gabbert sat on second before the inning ended with Kenzie Kruse in the batter’s box for the second time in the inning.
The Vikings plugged away with a run scored in the third inning, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and then four in the seventh to finalize the victory.
In Gilman, the Toppers went 0-3 against Medford, Spencer and Stratford. Medford is 7-1 in their Great Northern Conference. Spencer is a second ranked team in their Cloverbelt-East Conference with a 6-0 record and Stratford is a mid ranked team in the Marawood-South Conference.
Against Medford, the Toppers fell behind by eight runs right out of the gate, but they fought back and lost the game by five runs in the 15-10 final.
They scored their first runs in the third inning with Voeltz, Natalie Gabbert, Perkins, Leslie Ludtke and Nikki Gabbert crossing the plate. Perkins had a double for an RBI and Nikki singled to left field for an RBI of her own.
The Toppers had their entire roster bat in the third inning before the third out was had. They scored two more runs in the fourth, but Medford did as well which put the game at 10-7.
Voeltz and Perkins again hit home plate for a second time in the fourth. They would go run-less in the fifth and sixth innings, which allowed Medford to further their lead.
The three final runs on the Topper’s bench were scored in the seventh by Voeltz, Natalie Gabbert and Perkins. They were helped by Nikki who hit a double to center field for two RBI’s.
Against Spencer, the Toppers played seven innings and were shut out 7-0.
“Spencer’s pitcher is by far the best pitcher we have seen all year. She threw hard and was very consistent,” explained coach Pete Gaustad.
The Toppers had just two hits against Tynae Phillips, who is a senior this year on the Spencer team. She had zero errors, zero walks and nine strikeouts against the Toppers.
By the time the third game rolled around, the Toppers appeared to have lost their momentum, which resulted in another shut of 9-0.
“We lacked a punch in our game. lack of communication, not moving on defense and not being being aware of situations hurt us,” explained Gaustad.
The Toppers put down six hits against Stratford’s pitcher, but Voeltz and Perkins were the only two players to advance beyond first base.
“Overall, Perkins did a great job at the plate. She has been on fire here recently,” said Gaustad. “Megan Samens threw hard and did a wonderful job coming in for Leslie. We as a team however needed to move our feet on defense better because too often we let plays happen that should have been outs.”
Elk Mound Wins in Seven
The Toppers went seven long innings against the Elk Mound Mounders on Monday, but the battle was lost by a 13-3 final.
The Mounders put four runs up in the second and then one in the third for a 5-0 lead before the Toppers scored their first run in the fourth.
The Mounders continued to chug along in the batter’s box with one more run in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh for their total of 13.
The Toppers were runless for two straight innings and then in the seventh they were able to finally put two players across home plate.
Perkins was the solo run in the fourth inning after being walked to first. Leslie Ludtke and Nikki Gabbert both singled, which helped put Perkins across home.
Then in the seventh, it was Megan Samens and Brooke Wickman who hit home. Wickman was walked and driven home by Natalie Gabbert and then Samens singled herself to first and was brought home by Perkins.
“We hit the ball well, but when you strand nine runners on base you are not going to be on the right end of the outcome,” explained Gaustad.
The Toppers were home on again Tuesday night with a game against Spring Valley. They will take a break Wednesday night and then will resume play on Thursday with a double-header in Elmwood starting at 4:30 p.m.
They will then turn around and host Pepin/Alma on Monday, May 19 with that contest starting at 5:00 p.m.