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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — Visiting Pepin/Alma and its pitcher Erin Seifert held Glenwood City scoreless through the first five innings of last Friday’s key Dunn-St. Croix softball match up.
The Eagles, who had held a 2-0 lead since the top of the second inning, pushed another score home in the sixth frame to extend their advantage to three runs.
Undaunted, the Lady Hilltoppers responded with their first score of the game, at least one that stood, in the bottom half of the sixth.
Then in its final at bat, Glenwood City found some magic in its bats.
The Hilltoppers unleashed a pair of hits highlighted by sophomore Delanie Fayerweather’s two-out, two-run, walk off home run that lifted the locals to a 4-3, come-from-behind win in the April 26 contest.
“On pitch number two she (Fayerweather) hit the walk off home run to right center to win the game,” head coach Matthew Schutz explained.
That shot was Glenwood City’s seventh and final hit of the game. Four of those hits went for extra bases – three doubles and the homer – and four came in the decisive final two innings.
Fayerweather finished with a pair of those hits in three at bats including a lead-off double in the sixth inning and scored the Toppers’ first run when Maggie Wallin doubled in the next at bat. Fayerweather also finished with a pair of RBIs.
Maddie Oehlke led off the game with a double and finished the contest with three hits in three plate appearances, a walk and a run scored.
It appeared that Glenwood City had cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Maddie Oehlke scored from third on a long sacrifice fly. But the home plate official called Oehlke out after Pepin/Alma appealed and won for leaving third base early during Kaitlin Lee’s long sacrifice fly to left field.
“She did not leave early,” Schutz stated.
After the out in the fifth, Maddie Oehlke came back to prove herself in the seventh inning scoring one of the three runs against the Eagles.
Down 3 to 1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Glenwood City senior Ashlee Peterson drew a lead-off walk from Pepin/Alma pitcher Erin Seifert. Kendall Schutz came in to pinch-run for Peterson and scored two batters later on Bella Lawson’s short sacrifice dribble to the Eagles’ pitcher. Just prior to that Oehlke had singled and was on base when Fayerweather unloaded with her game-winning shot over the right-center fence.
Wallin held on to earn the pitching victory. She allowed five hits and three runs and walked four and struck out eight. Her counterpart, Erin Seifert, suffered the loss after the Hilltoppers rallied for four runs in the final two innings .
Glenwood City improved to 7-1 in conference play and is 7-2 overall. Elk Mound, the only team to beat GC in D-SC play so far this season, improved to 5-0.
The Hilltoppers began a busy week of play on Monday, April 29, playing an out-of-league game in Somerset and closed out April yesterday hosting Durand. This Thursday, May 2, the Toppers are on the road in Spring Valley and follow it up with a home double header against Colfax on Friday, May 3 . Glenwood City will then turn around and play in Durand next Monday, May 6.
GLENWOOD CITY 4, PEPIN/ALMA 3
Glenwood City.….……0 0 0 0 0 1 3 – 4
Pepin/Alma.….….…….0 2 0 0 0 1 0 – 3
Glenwood City (4) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 3-3-1, Bella Lawson 3-0-0, Kaitlin Lee 3-0-0, Delanie Fayerweather 3-2-2, Maggie Wallin 3-1-0, Alexys Curvello 3-0-0, Logan Hoitomt 3-1-0, Anna Brigham 3-0-0, Ashlee Peterson 2-0-0, Kendall Schutz 0-0-1. Total 26-7-4.
Pepin/Alma (3) AB-H-R: Katrina Danzinger 3-1-0, Maci Luff 4-0-0, Kylie Brunner 4-1-1, Emma Brecka 1-1-1, Alyssa Kosidowski 2-0-1, Addison Olson 2-0-0, Hailey Johnson 3-0-0, Julia Rud 3-2-0, Erin Seifert 2-0-0, Karis Walk 2-0-0. Total 25-5-3.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 7 IP, 5 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 3 R (3 earned); Pepin/Alma — Erin Seifert 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 8 K, 3 BB, 4 R (4 earned).