By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Glenwood City softball team went 0-3 on the week after losing to Spring Valley last Tuesday and then to Elmwood/Plum City in a double-header last Thursday.
The Toppers were scheduled to play Pepin/Alma on Monday, but severe rain fall cancelled that contest. That game will not be made-up due to regional play starting on Thursday.
Spring Valley Wins
The Toppers’ game against Spring Valley had a much better ending than the first go around, which ended 23-1 in favor of the Cardinals. Last Tuesday night’s game resulted in a loss, but a much closer one as the score was 17-12.
The Toppers had the upper hand in the start of the game as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first and another in the second for a 5-1 lead after two innings.
However, a grand slam, a double and a couple of singles in the third inning quickly allowed the Cardinals to score seven runs for a three point lead of 8-5.
In the first, Megan Samens started at the top of the batting order and was walked. She hit home plate on an RBI from Mikaela Voeltz who doubled on her first at bat.
Kelly Perkins was the next to get on base. Then it was the magic bat of Leslie Ludtke that scored Perkins and herself after she jacked a home run hit over the fence.
The one run in the second was by Samens, who once again started off the inning and was hit home on another RBI by Voeltz.
The Toppers went three straight innings with no runs scored, which allowed the Cardinals to take a lead of 12-5 going into the bottom of inning six.
The Toppers didn’t give up and they were able to get back on the bat in the sixth inning and score five runs to put the game at a mere two-point difference going into the final inning.
Taylor Brittain started the sixth inning with a walk and then Samens followed at the top of the order with a single to right field.
Voeltz walked her way to second as well and then Natalie Gabbert punched one in for an RBI.
Perkins got on base with a walk as well and then Leslie Ludtke again was hot on the bat and hit a two-run double. Brittain, Samens, Voeltz, Gabbert and Perkins all scored in the sixth.
The Cardinals continued to hit well and drop the ball in the gaps however, which gave them their five extra runs in the seventh inning.
The Toppers weren’t able to push the runners on base home and the game ended 17-12. Samens did score for the fourth time and Voeltz for the third for the team’s two final runs.
Aside from having a stellar day batting, Leslie also led the team on defense as the starting pitcher. She saw 35 at bats and delivered three strikeouts, but had six walks and 15 hits.
D-H in Elmwood
The rainy weather this spring kept the Hilltoppers and Elmwood/Plum City team from meeting, which meant a double-header needed to be played. The Wolves won the first game 8-7 and then the second 9-0.
“We came out of the gates swinging and did a great job advancing our runners, but we ended up leaving eight runners on base. The girls fought back to tie it in the top of the fifth, but Elmwood just got on the ball right away in the sixth,” explained Gaustad of the first game.
The Toppers led the game 4-0 in the first inning after Samens, Natalie Gabbert, Perkins and Kenzie Kruse scored.
The Wolves put their first runner across home in the second and then they plugged away with two in the third and four in the fourth.
The Toppers last three runs were scored in the fifth by Gabbert, Leslie Ludtke and Kruse, who had a two RBI double.
Kruse led the team in RBIs with four and Nikki Gabbert, Hannah Ludtke and Perkins each had one.
The bats completely stalled in the second game for the Hilltoppers and the defense allowed the Raiders to score nine unanswered runs before the contest ended in five innings.
The Toppers wrapped up their week of conference play with a game on Tuesday night against Boyceville at home.
They will then play their first game of the Regional Tournament on Thursday, May 22 in Spring Valley at 5:00 p.m.