It is all about peaking at the right time.
Athletic teams want to be playing their best at the end of the season.
And it appears that is exactly what the Glenwood City girls’ softball team is doing!
The Hilltoppers have won six straight games heading into the final week of the regular season.
The streak began a week ago Monday, May 11 when it swept a doubleheader in Spring Valley, beating the Cardinals 14-3 and 20-7.
The next day, Glenwood City rallied at home to beat Elmwood 9-8 in extra innings.
Then came another doubleheader sweep on the road this past Saturday. Glenwood City demolished host Prairie Farm by scores of 22-4 and 16-1.
They capped the streak with a 11-0, five inning blanking of the Blue Devils in Plum City Monday, May 18.
With the wins, Glenwood City improved to third place in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 10-6-1 mark and are 10-9-1 overall and has just one game remaining in the regular season – conference make up this Thursday, May 21 in Alma against Pepin/Alma.
The Hilltoppers will compete in the WIAA Division 4 tournament which gets underway next Tuesday, May 26 with the regional quarterfinals. Pairings had not yet been determined at press time Tuesday.
Down Plum City
Although complete statistical information was not available when this issue of the Tribune went to press, it was known that the Hilltoppers took an 11-0 road win at Plum City May 18.
The Toppers took an early lead with two runs in the first inning.
The score remained that way until Glenwood City posted seven more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for the win.
Prairie Farm Sweep
Despite a lack of details about their Saturday doubleheader in Prairie Farm, it is known that the Hilltoppers won both games by large margins.
Glenwood City took the opener 22-4, plating 15 runs in the first inning alone. They also scored six times in the fifth.
Prairie Farm scored a run in the first and three in the second.
In the second game, the Hilltoppers scored six runs in the first, five in the third and four more times in the fourth to win by a 16-1 count.
The Panthers’ lone run came in the fourth.
Both games were five inning affairs.
Rally to beat Elmwood
Elmwood stung Glenwood City with a seven-run, first inning when it visited here last Tuesday, May 12.
The Raiders used four hits and a pair of walks to take a big 7-0 lead over the Hilltoppers after just a half inning of play.
“Our focus was non-existent,” said Glenwood City head coach Pete Gaustad. “We seemed to be playing a different game. Giving up seven runs is not going to win you games especially against
“They are a very good team and to come back on them is tough,” noted Gaustad.
But that is just what the Hilltoppers did.
Like a chicken in the yard, Glenwood City pecked away at the deficit.
“I told the girls that we did not need to get it all back in one at bat but we had to hold them on defense,” added Gaustad.
Carlee Strong singled to open the Toppers’ first inning at the plate and came around to score.
Mikaela Voeltz and Natalie Gabbert each picked up a hit and scored as the Toppers added three more runs in the third.
Elmwood scored their final run in the fourth for an 8-4 lead.
Glenwood City added a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth inning to tie the score.
It remained that way until the bottom of the eighth inning. Megan Samens singled, took second on an error, stole third and scored the game winning run on another Raider error to give the Toppers a 9-8 come-from-behind victory.
“We were on the ball all night, said the coach.
Glenwood City ended the game with a 10-7 advantage in hits.
Leslie Ludtke got the win, going all eight innings with just seven hits, two strike outs and gave up three walks.
Mikaela Voeltz went 3-for-3 at the plate to led the Toppers’ offense while Carlee Strong and Hannah Ludtke each finished with a pair of hits.
Sweep in Spring Valley
Glenwood City claimed a pair of lopsided five inning wins in Spring Valley May 11.
In the first game, the Hilltoppers racked up 18 hits to defeat the Cardinals 14 to 3. The Cardinals finished with nine hits.
“We went in knowing that Spring Valley could hit and hoped to match them and play sound defense,” said GC head coach Pete Gaustad.
“Leslie threw the ball well despite being sick,” said Gaustad of his winning pitcher Leslie Ludtke, who gave up all nine Cardinals’ hits, walked four and struck out six.
Hannah Ludtke and Taylor Brittain each had three hits. One of Ludtke’s hits was a double. Five other Toppers had a pair of hits including Carlee Strong, Mikaela Voeltz, Natalie and Nikki Gabbert and Megan Samens.
Glenwood City enjoyed a five-run first and scored three times in the fourth and fifth innings.
Carlee Strong took the mound for game two and pitched well in her first start to get the win. She scattered 10 Cardinals’ hits and gave up 10 walks.
The Toppers collected 14 hits in the win as they scored four times in the first and third innings and eight runs in the fourth to take a 20-7 win.
Nikki Gabbert had three hits and Strong, Voeltz and Jenesa Klinger had two hits apiece.
“The girls really got all over their pitchers in that fourth inning,” said Gaustad.
Glenwood City lost both of its games at the Gilman Invite on Saturday, May 9.
The Toppers managed nine hits in the opener against Chequamegon but scored just twice in a 10-2 loss.
Chequamegon scored six runs in the fourth inning and went on the win.
Leslie Ludtke suffered the pitching loss giving up all 11 hits and ten runs with four walks and eight strikeouts.
Natalie Gabbert and Taylor Brittain had two hits each.
Stratford pitcher L. Luepke threw a three hitter to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 whitewashing of the Toppers in game two.
Strong, Nikki Gabbert and Samens had the Toppers’ hits.
Stratford scored five runs off of starter Leslie Ludtke and five more off of Carlee Strong.