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Hilltoppers softball wins shoot out with Spring Valley but falls to St. Croix Falls and Elmwood

A wild 16-13 win in Spring Valley Monday, April 25 gave the Glenwood City girls’ softball team its third win in four games.

The Hilltoppers team, however, could not stay on the winning path as it dropped its next two, a 15-3 non-conference loss at St. Croix Falls on Friday, April 29 and a 9-5 setback to small D-SC foe Elmwood at home this past Monday, May 2.

Glenwood City hosted Durand in a conference make-up game Tuesday, May 3. The team will be in Mondovi Thursday, host Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Friday before traveling to Alma for a rematch with Pepin/Alma on Monday, May 9. Spring Valley will be in town on Tuesday, May 10.

Spring Valley

The Cardinals scored nine runs in the first two innings to take a 9-4 lead over the visiting Hilltoppers April 25.

But Glenwood City hung tough scoring four runs in the fourth and seventh innings and two runs in third and sixth innings to win a wild 16-13 decision over Spring Valley, who also scored single runs in the third and fifth and two in the bottom of the seventh.

The Toppers also outhit the Cardinals 16 to 12. Eight of the Toppers hits went for extra bases including six doubles, a triple and a Brooke Wickman home run that came in the fourth inning.

“We played a solid six innings but had the one big inning where we gave them seven runs,” said Glenwood City head coach Pete Gaustad. “That is tough to fight back from but we did as the girls showed some resilience.”

Four Toppers finished the game with three hits –  Natalie Gabbert, Mariah Voeltz, Brooke Wickman and Maggie Wallin. Gabbert (two doubles) and Voeltz (triple) went 3-for-5 while Wickman and Wallin (two doubles) were 3-for-4. Jenesa Klinger had two hits both doubles.

Wallin went all seven innings on the mound to get the win. She had eight strike outs and three walks, gave up 12 hits and 13 runs of which only eight were earned.

St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls wasted little time on jumping on visiting Glenwood City last Friday, April 29 on the way to a 15-3 victory in five innings.

The Saints bedeviled the Toppers from the get-go, outscoring the local softball crew 15-0 in the first three innings alone with a pair of four-run innings in the first and second. Falls then touched home plate seven more times in the third.

All three of Glenwood City’s runs came in the fifth inning. Tia Carlson led off the inning with a hit. Morgan Peterson and Jenesa Klinger both walked and all three came in to score.

Annalise Parks had a home run and double while Katie Kopp had two doubles to led the Saints to the win.

St. Croix Falls outhit Glenwood City 12 to seven.

Brooke Wickman went 2-for-3 for the Toppers. Natalie Gabbert, Emily Hill, Mariah Voeltz, Morgan Peterson and Tia Carlson had the other Hilltoppers’ hits.

Maggie Wallin suffered the pitching loss after giving up nine runs (all earned) on seven hits. She walked three and struck out one in two innings of work. Winter McIntyre threw the final two innings giving up six runs on five hits with a strike out.

Elmwood

Elmwood, who had just one more hit than the Toppers, made the most of its nine hits Monday afternoon, May 2 as it scored nine times to take a 9-5 road win over Glenwood City.

The Hilltoppers finished with eight hits but could not generate enough scoring opportunities to get the conference victory.

The Raiders scored three runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to secure the win.

Glenwood City lead 1-0 before falling behind 6-1. The Toppers scored one in the fourth, twice in the sixth to get to within two runs at 6-4 but Elmwood scored three times in the top of the sixth. Glenwood City’s rally fell short as it scored just once in the bottom of the seventh.

Natalie Gabbert socked a pair of home runs and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs while teammates Mariah Voeltz and Brooke Wickman each hit solo home runs. The trio accounted for all of the Toppers’ RBI total.

Maggie Wallin went all seven innings in a losing effort. She gave up nine hits and runs and walked four.