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By Amber Hayden
What a stellar week for Maggie Wallin and the Glenwood City softball team.
The Hilltoppers’ senior pitching ace reached a milestone few ever will. In a game in Spring Valley on May 2, Wallin registered seven strike outs against Cardinal batters to bring her career total to exactly 500 strike outs. She would go on to add to that record-setting total and help Glenwood City sweep all five of last week’s games including four in conference play.
The Hilltoppers (13-2) improved to 11-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix to stay just a game in back of leader Elk Mound whom Glenwood City will host this Thursday.
The Toppers began last week’s slate with a non-conference road game against the Somerset Spartans on Monday, April 29 and were able to take the win 3-0.
Glenwood City was back on the field the next day, Tuesday, when they hosted Durand. The Toppers squeezed out a 3-2 win against the pesky Panthers as Maggie Wallin struck out 19 Panther batters which set her up for a record she was hoping to crush this season.
Spring Valley had no idea what was in store for them as Wallin stepped into the pitching circle on Thursday evening, May 2, and had her eyes set on getting one more school record before her prep career ends this season. Wallin needed seven strikeouts going into the game against the Cardinals and was able to do just that. The Hilltoppers also crushed the Cards for a 27-1 victory.
In a home doubleheader on Friday, May 3, the Hilltoppers took on the upstart Colfax Vikings and were able to sweep both five-inning games by scores of 6-1 and 6-5.
Glenwood City played Durand Monday, May 6, and will then take a few days to prepare for its home game against D-SC leader Elk Mound this Thursday, May 9. The Hilltoppers will then travel to Elmwood on Friday, May 10 for a showdown with the Wolves of Elmwood/Plum City and to Gilman on Saturday, May 11 for a tournament. Glenwood City will then close out the conference and regular season hosting rival Boyceville next Monday, May 13.
The WIAA tournament gets underway next Thursday, May 16.
The Hilltoppers earned a hard-fought road shut out over Somerset last Monday, April 29, as they took the 3-0 victory in the non-conference tilt.
Maggie Wallin started the game and pitched the first two inning to get the win as she registered six strike outs. Maddie Oehlke relieved Wallin in the third inning and pitched five outstanding innings for Glenwood City as she gave up only two hits and struck out seven Spartan batters. Oehlke also scored two of the Toppers three runs and tripled for one of the team’s three hits.
“Pretty good game on the mound utilizing our pitchers for the shutout win,” said Toppers’ head coach Matthew Schutz. “13 strikeouts and a two hitter.”
Delanie Fayerweather was able to hit a solo home run off of Somerset’s pitcher in the sixth inning to help seal the deal for the Topper’s 3-0 win. Fayerweather, who was credited with an RBI, had Glenwood City’s other two hits.
Glenwood City had only three hits against Somerset in the seven inning game.
“We struggled with getting hits of our own, but it only takes one run to win if you shut out a team,” Schutz explained.
GLENWOOD CITY 3, SOMERSET 0
Glenwood City.……1 0 1 0 0 1 0 – 3
Somerset.….….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Glenwood City (3) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 3-1-2, Kendall Schutz 3-0-0, Kaitlin Lee 2-0-0, Delanie Fayerweather 3-2-1, Maggie Wallin 3-0-0, Allexys Curvello 2-0-0, Logan Hoitomt 3-0-0, Anna Brigham 3-0-0, Ashlee Peterson 3-0-0. Total 25-3-3.
Somerset (0) AB-H-R: Leccia 4-0-0, Trautmiller 3-0-0, Hammer 2-0-0, Ring 3-0-0, Leonard 3-0-0, Weeks 3-0-0, Rivard 3-1-0, Dornself 3-0-0, Atkins 3-1-0.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 2 IP, 0 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 R, Maddie Oehlke 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Somerset — Ring 7 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3 R (3 earned).
There is no doubt that Maggie Wallin produces some magic for the Hilltoppers when she steps into the pitching circle.
Wallin took to the mound for the Toppers last Tuesday, April 30 and struck out 19 batters while giving up just two earned runs in Glenwood City’s 3-2 home win over the Durand Panthers. She was also two-of-three at the plate giving her an on-base percentage of .667.
“The biggest highlight of the game was Maggie throwing for 19 strikeouts for being just a seven inning game,” said coach Schutz.
Scoring for Glenwood City were Maddie Oehlke, Alexys Curvello and Kassidi Thompson.
Anna Brigham and Kaitlin Lee were both credited with an RBI against the Panthers and went two-of-four at the plate as Glenwood City finished with seven hits in the game.
“Even though our bats were not stringing enough hits together, we managed to pull enough runs together to get the win,” commented Schutz.
GLENWOOD CITY 3, DURAND 2
Glenwood City.……0 1 0 0 0 2 0 – 3
Durand…..….….….1 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 2
Glenwood City (3) AB-H-R: Kendall Schutz 1-0-0, Maddie Oehlke 2-0-1, Alexys Curvello 2-0-1, Anna Brigham 4-2-0, Kassidi Thompson 0-0-1, Maggie Wallin 3-2-0, Kaitlin Lee 4-2-0, Logan Hoitomt 3-0-0, Delanie Fayerweather 4-1-0. Total 23-7-3.
Durand (2) AB-H-R: Paige Dorwin 3-0-0, Hannah Prissel 3-0-1, Leah Sabelko 3-1-0, Madisyn Kilboten 4-0-0, Josie Radle 3-1-0, Jacie Kitchner 3-0-0, Addison Weiss 2-0-0, Nataya Hurlburt 2-0-0, Jos Carothers 0-0-1, Katelyn Schlosser 1-0-0. Total 24-2-2.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 7 IP, 2 H, 19 K, 5 BB, 2 R (2 earned); Durand — Katelyn Schlosser 6 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 6 BB, 3 R (3 earned).
With big second and fifth innings, Glenwood City invoked the 10-run rule when they played in Spring Valley last Thursday, May 2.
The Hilltoppers scored 10 times in the second and 12 more runs in the fifth and finished with 14 hits as they steamrolled the Cardinals 27-1 in five innings.
Senior Maggie Wallin took to the mound for the Toppers and had her eyes set on one thing and that was to secure her 500th career strike out. Going in to Thursday game in Spring Valley, Wallin was just seven strikeouts shy of the record.
Wallin faced 16 batters and gave up just one hit and one run to Spring Valley, but it isn’t just her pitching abilities that saw the Toppers through. She went three-for-five at the plate including a home run in the second inning and two doubles and finished with five RBIs.
Maddie Oehlke relieved Wallin in the fifth inning and was able to keep the Cardinals from scoring.
Also scoring big for Glenwood City was Logan Hoitomt as she scored four runs and had four hits in her four at bats. Hoitomt also had four RBIs and two walks.
Delanie Fayerweather also was perfect at the plate with a three-for-three performance with a triple and an RBI. Katilin Lee and Kendall Schutz also had doubles for the Hilltoppers.
GLENWOOD CITY 27, SPRING VALLEY 1
Glenwood City.….……3 10 0 2 12– 27
Spring Valley….…..…..0 0 0 1 0– 1
Glenwood City (27) AB-H-R: Kendall Schutz 4-1-2, Allexis Rassbach 1-0-0, Maddie Oehlke 3-1-4, Alexys Curvello 2-0-2, Anna Brigham 4-1-2, Olivia Janson 0-0-4, Maggie Wallin 5-3-1, Kaitlin Lee 4-1-3, Logan Hoitomt 4-4-4, Ashlee Peterson 2-0-1, Delanie Fayerweather 3-3-3, Peyton Knops 0-0-1, Morgan Johnson 1-0-0. Total 33-14-27.
Spring Valley (1) AB-H-R: Kristine Miller 3-0-0, Kate Franzen 1-1-0, Mickayla Mattison 2-0-0, Taylor Hofacker 2-0-0, Maddie Matthys 2-0-0, Brenna Schreiber 2-1-0, Kenzie White 2-0-0, Quinn Anderson 2-1-1, Leigha Prudlow 2-0-0. Total 18-3-1.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 4 IP, 1 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 R (0 earned), Maddie Oehlke 1 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Spring Valley — Brenna Schreiber 4 1/3 IP, 16 H, 5 K, 17 BB, 25 R (19 earned), Kenzie White 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 2 R (2 earned).
Colfax – Game 1
The Glenwood City Hilltoppers held early leads in their home doubleheader against the Colfax Vikings last Friday, May 3.
In the first game, Glenwood City struck for three runs in the first inning and then added two more in the fourth and a final run in the fifth and final frame for the 6-1 win.
Although she walked six, Maggie Wallin allowed just one Vikings hit and run and struck out a dozen as she threw all five innings to earn yet another pitching victory.
Kaitlin Lee was the first to score in the first inning after a fly ball to center field allowed her to advance to home plate, two plays later Delanie Fayerweather and Maggie Wallin scored for the Hilltoppers on a line drive to center field.
The next two innings would be fairly quiet for both teams with the exception of a run scored by Colfax’s Kaitlyn Field.
Alexys Curvello was able to score in the fourth inning for Glenwood when Ashlee Peterson laid down a bunt.
Maddie Oehlke and Maggie Wallin scored in the fifth inning. Oehlke scored off an error and Wallin was brought in by Logan Hoitomt.
Alexys Curvello and Delanie Fayerweather both finish 2-for-3 at the plate to account for four of the Toppers hits. Anna Brigham, Wallin, Kaitlin Lee and Peterson each had singles.
GLENWOOD CITY 6, COLFAX 1
Glenwood City.…..….3 0 0 1 2 – 6
Colfax….….….……….0 1 0 0 0 – 1
Glenwood City (6) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 2-1-1, Kaitlin Lee 2-1-1, Maggie Wallin 3-1-2, Delanie Fayerweather 2-1-1, Logan Hoitomt 3-0-0, Anna Brigham 3-1-0, Alexys Curvello 3-2-1, Ashlee Peterson 1-0-0, Kendall Schutz 2-0-0. Total 21-7-6.
Colfax (1) AB-H-R: Bailey Bradford 3-0-0, Marissa Harmon 3-0-0, Jozie Buchanan 3-1-0, Kaitlyn Field 1-0-1, Emmie Edwards 2-0-0, Tori Hill 2-0-0, Anna Geissler 1-0-0. Total 15-1-1.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 5 IP, 1 H, 12 K, 6 BB, 1 R (1 earned); Colfax — Jozie Buchanan 5 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 6 R (5 earned).
Colfax – Game 2
Game two of the doubleheader was a bit more intense for the Toppers and Vikings.
Colfax was able to tie things up in the top of the fifth inning before Maggie Wallin scored on a line-drive single to left field to give Glenwood City the 6-5 win and the sweep despite being out hit by the Vikings’ nine to five in the night cap.
Wallin went one and two-thirds innings in the circle for Glenwood City and earned three strike outs, giving up just one walk. Maddie Oehlke was brought in to relieve Wallin and struck out two batters and gave up one earned run on four hits.
Oehlke and Wallin both finished with two hits including a triple for Oehlke and a double by Wallin.
Delanie Fayerweather had the Toppers’ other hit which came in the first inning that gained her an RBI and would in turn score for Glenwood City. Fayerweather also scored two runs.
Logan Hoitmont finished with three RBIs without a hit.
Both teams scored three runs in the third inning.
GLENWOOD CITY 6, COLFAX 5
Glenwood City.….. 2 0 3 0 1 – 6
Colfax….….….……1 0 3 0 1 – 5
Glenwood City (6) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 3-2-1, Kaitlin Lee 2-0-0, Maggie Wallin 2-2-3, Delanie Fayerweather 2-2-2, Logan Hoitomt 2-0-0, Anna Brigham 2-2-0, Alexys Curvello 2-0-0, Ashlee Peterson 2-0-0, Kendall Schutz 2-0-0. Total 21-7-6.
Colfax (5) AB-H-R: Bailey Bradford 3-2-2, Taylor Irwin 1-0-2, Marissa Harmon 3-0-1, Jozie Buchanan 3-1-0, Kaitlyn Field 3-2-0, Emmie Edwards 3-1-0, Tori Hill 3-1-0, Anna Geissler 3-1-1, Rachel Scharlau 2-0-0. Total 24-9-5.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 3 R (3 earned), Maggie Oehlke 2 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 R (1 earned); Colfax — Jozie Buchanan 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 6 R (4 earned).