It was a somewhat frustrating and exhausting week for the Glenwood City girls’ softball team.
Playing four games in five days had the Toppers a bit ragged by week’s end.
The squad lost three straight games including a pair of close games before getting its first win in five games.
Glenwood City suffered back-to-back home losses in a 9-5 setback to Elmwood last Monday, May 2, followed by a 14-1 thumping at the hands of Durand the next day.
Things did not improve when they traveled to Mondovi last Thursday and fell 5 to 2.
But Glenwood City finally got back on track by nipping Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 7-6 at home Friday, May 6.
The Toppers hosted Spring Valley yesterday and will be in Elmwood next Monday, May 16.
The Toppers hung with the Panthers for four innings as they trailed just 4-1 in the home game played last Tuesday, May 3.
But then came the fifth inning.
Durand scored ten runs to take the contest 14-1 in five innings.
Durand outhit Glenwood City 13 to five as Maggie Wallin went all but the final third of an inning to take the loss, surrendering all 14 runs and 11 hits with two walks and four strike outs.
Wallin had two of the Toppers’ hits with Brooke Wickman, Natalie Gabbert and Mariah Voeltz each getting a hit.
Voeltz scored the Toppers’ lone run in the fourth on a single and scored on Wallin’s double.
It was a close game throughout but the host Buffaloes were able to prevail 5 to 2 over the Hilltoppers Thursday, May 5.
Mondovi held a 8 to 5 advantage in hits.
The Buffaloes scored in the first inning.
Glenwood City tied it in the third with a run. Taylor Brittain reached on a one-out single and scored.
But Mondovi added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the fifth to take the 5-2 win.
Maggie Wallin suffered the pitching loss, going six innings and surrendering five runs, four earned, and a walk with four strike outs.
Brittain went 2-for-4 at the plate.
“We battled but could not get our bats going,” said coach Pete Gaustad. “We had some great opportunities to score but left them on the bases. When you leave over eight runners on base you are going to have a hard time winning.”
“We needed to be better disciplined at the plate with their pitcher,” added Gaustad. “We started swinging at pitches that were obvious balls but then strikeout because we are off-balance.”
The girls hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser in a non-conference softball game in Glenwood City last Friday, May 6.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the first three innings to lead 3-0.
But Glenwood City came back with four runs in its half of the third highlighted by Natalie Gabbert’s three run shot to center field that gave the Toppers a 4-3 lead. Brittain, Klinger, Voeltz and Carlee Strong also had hits in the inning.
“Natalie’s home run was a great boost for the girls. I think that made them think we were going to win this game,” noted the coach.
The Toppers added three more in the fourth as Jenesa Klinger doubled and Gabbert singled to make it 7-3
But Chetek-Weyerhaeuser scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to put a scare into Glenwood City.
But Maggie Wallin and the defense finally closed out the game for a 7-6 win.
Wallin finally got the mound win going the distance after surrendering eight hits and three walks while striking out ten.
Glenwood City finished with ten hits as Klinger, Gabbert, Voeltz and Strong each finished with a pair of hits.
“It was a long week for the kids,” said Gaustad. “Playing four games in five days is tough. They showed great effort though battling a very good team.”
“Chetek’s pitcher was one of the better ones we have played against this year. We struggled to get on her right away but then it seemed like a switch turned on.”
“Maggie did a fantastic job hitting her spots and pitched a solid game,” concluded Gaustad.