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By Amber Hayden
It was another successful week for the Lady Toppers’ softball team as they took wins over the Spring Valley Cardinals and the Mondovi Buffaloes to remain unbeaten in Dunn-St. Croix play.
Last Monday, April 8, Glenwood City welcomed Spring Valley to the Toppers Softball diamond as they attempted to get in a game before the winter storm and winds hit the area. In the game, which had originally been scheduled for Thursday, April 11, Glenwood City registered just six hits but drew a dozen walks from the Cardinals’ pitching which resulted in a whopping 17-0, four-inning victory for the Hilltoppers as Maggie Wallin threw a 2-hit shut out.
Wallin and the Toppers were at it again the very next day as they hosted Mondovi on Tuesday, April 9. In a game where hits were at a premium, Wallin took to the mound for a second straight day and again threw a complete game. A 2-hitter to lead the Toppers to a 5-4 seven-inning victory over the Buffaloes.
The wins on back-to-back days propelled Glenwood City to a 4-0, first-place standing in the Dunn-St. Croix. Overall, the Toppers are 4-1.
There were games slated to be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but mother nature once again decided to dump several inches of snow on area fields, leaving games either postponed or canceled.
With the weather in mind, the Lady Toppers were slated to host Durand this past Monday, April 15, before heading to Elk Mound yesterday. Glenwood City is also scheduled to play Thursday, April 18, at home against Elmwood/Plum City before taking a five-day break prior to its game in Boyceville next Tuesday, April 23.
It was a stellar showing for the Hilltoppers last Monday evening, April 8, when they hosted the Spring Valley Cardinals and wrapped up the game and win in four innings by a score of 17-0.
Although Glenwood City had plenty of offensive fireworks, it was the Cardinals that tried to draw first blood.
In the top of the first inning, Spring Valley attempted to strike first against Glenwood City as the Cardinals first batter Kristine Miller came to the plate and after a strike was called she knocked the ball into right field for the first of Spring Valley’s two hits.
But Glenwood City senior hurler Maggie Wallin settled in on the following four batters that included a lone walk and three strikeouts to end the top half of the inning.
“It was another solid pitching performance by Maggie last night,” said Glenwood City head coach Matthew Schutz.
Wallin settled into her position after the first inning as she continued to strikeout the Cardinal batters. Wallin put up nine strikeouts and allowed just those two hits in the Toppers four-inning victory.
Glenwood City blew the game open in the second inning.
In the Toppers’ half of that inning, Logan Hoitomt got things rolling as she walked after four straight pitches. Glenwood City batted through its entire lineup and circled back to Hoitomt for a second time, grounded out to Cardinals shortstop to end the Toppers frame.
Kaitlin Lee was the only Topper to get a hit in that second inning, but Glenwood City scored six runs to take control of the game. Lee scored two runs and had three RBIs on her single and a sacrifice fly to left field.
“We had to be very patient on offense as the Spring Valley pitchers threw all over the board,” Schutz explained. “Lots of walks, but some key hits in between to drive in runs.”
Glenwood City had six different players come up with hits while Spring Valley gave up 12 base on balls.
The highlight was Delanie Fayerweather’s three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to close the game. Fayerweather finished 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored, three RBIs and two walks.
“The biggest highlight was the 3-run home run by Delanie to end the game because we led by 15 after that,” said Schutz.
Five other Toppers – Bella Lawson, Anna Brigham, Kassidi Thompson, Kaitlin Lee and Hoitomt – all singled.
Of the nine Lady Toppers, eight of them scored one or more runs against the Cardinals. Lawson, Brigham, Thompson and Kendall Schutz all scored three runs, Lee scored a pair and Ashlee Peterson, Hoitomt and Fayerweather each had one.
GLENWOOD CITY 17, SPRING VALLEY 0
Glenwood City….….….……0 6 4 7 – 17
Spring Valley.….….…..…….0 0 0 0 – 0
Glenwood City (17) AB-H-R: Kassidi Thompson 4-1-3, Bella Lawson 4-1-3, Kaitlin Lee 4-1-2, Delanie Fayerweather 4-1-1, Maggie Wallin 3-2-0, Logan Hoitomt 3-1-1, Anna Brigham 3-1-3, Ashlee Peterson 3-0-1. Total 18-6-17.
Spring Valley (0) AB-H-R: Kristine Miller 2-2-0. Total 14-2-0.
Pitching: Glenwood City – Maggie Wallin 4 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Spring Valley – Paige Peabody 2 1/3 IP, 1 K, 10 BB, 9 R (6 earned), Brenna Schreiber 1 IP, 1 K, 2 BB, 8 R (4 earned).
The Lady Toppers took on Mondovi for the second time in a week, with the game once again going to Glenwood City.
Mondovi earned all four of their runs off of seven errors committed by Glenwood City.
But the Buffaloes also committed three errors of their own which the Toppers were able to capitalize on in rallying for a 5-4, seven-inning win last Tuesday, April 9.
“We struggled getting some solid hits (only three),” said coach Schutz. “But all you need is one of them to win.”
Glenwood City managed just two hits off Mondovi pitcher Abby Johnson, a double by Delanie Fayerweather and a single from Maddie Oehlke.
Mondovi led 3-1 through three and a half innings but the Toppers offensive began to push runs across home plate including a pair of game winners in the bottom half of the sixth. Before that, Glenwood City had scored singled runs in the third, fourth and fifth frames.
Maggie Wallin was once again solid on the mound for the Hilltoppers. The senior allowed only one hit in the seven inning game and finished with 12 strikeouts against the Buffaloes and walked only three batters.
Getting two runs for Glenwood City was Bella Lawson. Lawson didn’t have a single hit in the game but was able to take base on a walk. She scored her one run in the fifth inning and then a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored an RBI.
“They put it in play mostly on the infield, where we had errors, so we have to do a better job defensively fielding the ball cleanly for some easy outs.”
GLENWOOD CITY 5, MONDOVI 4
Glenwood City….….….……0 0 1 1 1 2 0 – 5
Mondovi.….….….…..…….0 0 1 2 1 0 0 – 4
Glenwood City (5) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 3-1-1, Bella Lawson 2-0-2, Kaitlin Lee 2-1-1, Delanie Fayerweather 3-1-0, Anna Brigham 1-0-1. Total 22-3-5
Mondovi (4) AB-H-R: Abby Johnson 4-1-1, Avery Falkner 4-0-1, Rian Evans 2-0-2. Total 27-1-4.
Pitching: Glenwood City – Maggie Wallin 7 IP 12 K, 3 BB, 4 R (0 earned); Mondovi – Abby Johnson 7 IP, 7 K, 7 BB, 5 R (2 earned).