GLENWOOD CITY — How a team responds following a tough loss can say a lot.
After suffering a heartbreaking one-run loss in Boyceville last Tuesday, April 28, the Glenwood City softball team responded with a pair of gritty one-run victories.
Playing a doubleheader in Hammond against St. Croix Central Thursday, April 30, the Hilltoppers prevailed 3-2 in the opener and were deadlocked at 14 when the night cap was suspended due to darkness after nine innings.
Then on Monday, May 4, Glenwood topped Colfax 12-11 in a high scoring game at the City Memorial Field in Glenwood City.
The wins helped the Hilltoppers improve to 6-4 in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.
Glenwood City will have several opportunities to add more wins this week. The Toppers played in Mondovi yesterday, host conference leader Elk Mound on Thursday, May 7 and will be on the road for an invite in Gilman this Saturday, May 9 and at Spring Valley next Monday, May 11.
Beat SCC (Game 1)
Leslie Ludtke surrendered just three hits in game one as the Toppers nipped the Panthers 3-2.
Ludtke struck out nine and walked just one but the Hilltoppers, who collected ten hits, found runs to be at a premium.
Natalie Gabbert gave Glenwood City a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning.
St. Croix Central scored once in its half of the first to bring the game back to even.
The game remained tied until the fourth, that’s when Marissa Arthur tripled and scored to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
The Hilltoppers tied it in the sixth when Nikki Gabbert reached on an error and later scored.
In the top of the seventh, another Panther error allowed Mikaela Voeltz to get on base and eventually score the game-winning run.
Leslie Ludtke earned the pitching victory while Abby Harrington took the defeat.
Nikki and Natalie Gabbert and Leslie Ludtke each finished the game with a pair of hits.
Game two suspended
Where the first game was a pitching dual, the second contest quickly turned into a battle of offenses as both teams stuck with their starting pitchers in the night cap.
Leslie Ludtke surrendered 14 runs on 17 hits. Harrington didn’t fare any better giving up 14 runs on 12 hits. The game was suspended after nine innings due to darkness.
St. Croix Central scored two runs in the first and fifth innings, a run in the second, five in the third and three more in the sixth.
Glenwood City plated three runs in the first, a run in the second, four in the fourth and fifth innings and two more in the seventh.
A date and time to finish the suspended contest has yet to be determined.
Toppers edge Vikings
After Colfax scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 11, Glenwood City scored the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning to pull out a 12-11 home win Monday, May 4.
Although few details or stats for the game were available at Tuesday’s press time, scoring by inning was listed online at
It showed that the teams scored runs in five of the seven innings.
Glenwood City scored three times in the first, five runs in the second, single runs in the third and seventh and a pair in the fourth. Colfax had a pair of runners cross home plate in the first, five more scored in the third, single runs were counted in the fourth and sixth innings and two tallied runs in the seventh.