By Kelsie Hoitomt
EAU CLAIRE – The Glenwood City softball team lost a heartbreaker of a game to the Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Lancers last Wednesday, May 28 as it ended 2-0 in the Regional contest.
The Toppers had a total of six hits in their 30 at bats and they left eight runners on base including four at third base.
Megan Samens had a single in the first inning and she advanced to third. Natalie Gabbert had two hits with a both being a single in the fifth and seventh innings that put her on third.
Leslie Ludtke also had a hit in the fifth inning. Her sister Hannah singled in the fifth as well and then Becca Jensen had the other hit, which came in the second and got her to second base.
The Toppers batted against senior, Rebecca Kazemba who allowed the six hits and just four walks and had five strikeouts.
Leslie Ludtke finished on the mound for the Toppers. She had the two runs on eight hits and allowed only three walks and have five strikeouts as well.
The two runs for the Lancers came in the first inning with one by Johanna Meyer and then in the fifth with the final by Rachel Schaser.
The Toppers finished 3-12 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and were 4-13 overall after beating the Spring Valley Cardinals in the first Regional game.
“We had our opportunities and fought hard,” said coach Pete Gaustad of the Regional loss. “There are not enough words to describe how proud I am of these girls. Our season was not what we had hoped for, but we pulled it together to finish strong.”
The Lancers were the number one seed after finishing 7-3 in their Dairyland Conference behind Blaire-Taylor and Cochrane-Fountain City, who was number one with a 12-1 record.
The Lancers went on to play the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves, who beat the Boyceville Bulldogs in their second Regional contest.