Nothing cures what ails you like playing a last-place team and a winless one at that.
Glenwood City earned a doubleheader softball sweep of Spring Valley on the Cardinals’ field Monday, May 11 to end its four game losing streak.
The Hilltoppers scored a combined 35 runs, beating the Cardinals 14-2 in the opener and 21-7 in the night cap. The victories helped boost the locals’ conference mark to 8-6-1 and 8-9-1 overall. Spring Valley fell to 0-14 and 0-15 overall.
The sweep could not have come at a better time as Glenwood City was mired in a four game losing streak that began on the road last Tuesday, May 5 with another one run loss, this time to Mondovi.
The Toppers fell 6-1 at home to conference leader Elk Mound on Thursday, May 7 and then lost a pair at the Gilman Invite, falling 10-2 to Chequamegon in the first game and were blanked 10-0 by Stratford in the finale.
The schedule will remain busy for the Hilltoppers, who hosted Elmwood yesterday (Tuesday, May 12) before embarking on a four-school road trip that includes stops in Alma to face Pepin/Alma on Thursday, May 14, on Saturday, May 16 for a tournament in Prairie Farm, and Monday, May 18 for a conference contest in Plum City and wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader in Clayton on Tuesday, May 19.
Sweep Spring Valley
The only details available at Tuesday’s (May 12) press time were game scores.
Glenwood City trounced Spring Valley 14-2 and 21-7 to take both games of a doubleheader from the winless Cardinals.
One of the games was a make-up from an April 20 contest that was postponed due to bad weather. It was originally scheduled for Glenwood City.
Drop pair in Gilman Invite
Glenwood City was hoping for a change of scenery and a pair of non-conference opponents would provide a victory tonic when it traveled to Gilman for a triangular invite on Saturday, May 9.
Instead, the Hilltoppers’ offense disappeared in a pair of lopsided losses.
Chequamegon collected a dozen hits including a pair of doubles and a triple to dump Glenwood City 10-2 in the opening game.
The Toppers took an early 1-0 lead in the first but the Screaming Eagles tied it in the third and then plated six runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Chequamegon added a pair in the fifth and another run in the seventh. Glenwood City’s other run was scored in the fifth.
In the second game, Stratford scored 10 runs as well to earn the shut out victory over Glenwood City.
Statistical information for the Hilltoppers games at Gilman were not made available to the Tribune Press Reporter prior to the publication of its May 13 issue.
Elk Mound sweeps
Glenwood City played conference front-runner Elk Mound close in both regular season games this season but came up empty-handed in both.
The latest was a 6-1, storm-shortened, five-inning home loss to the Mounders Thursday, May 7.
Glenwood City had trouble hitting the ball against Elk Mound ace Dayna Kotecki, who surrendered just four hits and a lone run to claim the victory.
“Unfortunately our bats were silent for too long,” said Glenwood City head coach Pete Gaustad.
“We started to hit Kotecki but it seemed that everything was right at them. We loaded the bases in the third and Nikki Gabbert hit a screamer but their centerfielder made a great catch.”
Mikaela Voeltz collected three of the Hilltoppers’ hits and was a perfect 3-for-3 against Kotecki.
The Mounders roughed up Toppers’ starting pitcher Leslie Ludtke for four runs in the top of the first as she gave up three consecutive hits including a double and a two-run home run.
Elk Mound also added a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
Glenwood City’s score was plated in the third. Taylor Brittain walked to the open the inning and was able to score on back-to-back singles by Carlee Strong and Mikaela Voeltz. The Toppers would load the bases but could not push another run across the plate.
Leslie Ludtke went all five innings, giving up five hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts in a losing effort.
“There is a reason why they (Elk Mound) are undefeated in conference,” added Gaustad. “Their lineup is a tough out no matter who bats.”
What a difference a month came make.
Glenwood City bombed Mondovi 10-0 at home on April 13 but the Buffaloes certainly did not look like the same squad when the Toppers traveled to Mondovi last Tuesday, May 5.
Since a 1-6 start, Mondovi has won five of its last ten games including a 9-8 win over Glenwood City.
It was the Toppers’ fourth one-run defeat this season.
Glenwood City took an early 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and another in the second.
A pair of walks and two Mondovi errors coupled with singles by Mikaela Voeltz and Natalie Gabbert scored two runs. Voeltz then doubled and scored in the second.
But the Buffaloes responded with four runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth. Julia Jehn had a two RBI double in the former inning and Samantha Wulff slapped a triple to score one of the Buffaloes in the latter frame to take a 9-3 lead.
The Toppers tried to rally in the final two innings. They scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh on Megan Samens’ 3 run home run to center which pulled the locals to within a run at 9-8.
But with Mikaela Voeltz on third, Leslie Ludtke flied out to center to end the game.
Glenwood City and Mondovi each had seven hits. Voeltz once again collected three hits for the Toppers in five trips to the plate including that double. Samens, with home run in hand, and Natalie Gabbert had a pair of hits while Strong and Leslie Ludtke each had a hit.
Leslie Ludtke and Mondovi’s Jacquelyn Laursen both went the distance on the mound. Laursen picked up the win despite giving up nine walks. Ludtke suffered the loss and finished with six strikeouts compared to four walks.
The Vikings and Toppers combined for 23 hits and runs in a game played May 4 in Glenwood City.
While Colfax held a 13 to 10 advantage in hits, Glenwood City prevailed by a run on the scoreboard, 12-11.
Natalie Gabbert went 3-for-4 (all singles) at the plate to lead the Toppers offense. Hannah Ludtke and Carlee Strong also picked up a pair of hits in the win.
Leslie Ludtke was the winning pitcher despite giving up 11 runs. She had four strikeouts and gave up three walks.
Glenwood City took an early 8-2 lead with three runs in the first and four more in the second inning.
But a five-hit, five-run third inning helped Colfax close the deficit to one run at 8-7.
Glenwood City added a run in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth inning, Colfax scored once and Glenwood City twice as the Toppers led 11-8.
But the Vikings came back with a single run in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh to knot the game at 11.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Mikaela Voeltz singled with one out, stole second and scored the game-winning run on Natalie Gabbert’s RBI single.