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“Just win Baby!” was a motto made famous by Al Davis, the late owner of the Oakland Raiders.
Whether they realize it or not, the 2019 Glenwood City softball team has been adhering to that renowned quote.
In the past week, the Hilltoppers have went an unblemished 6-0 including a key conference win over Elk Mound to extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games.
Starting with a 10-1 win in Durand last Monday, May 6, Glenwood City has rattled off victories over previous conference leader Elk Mound by a 7-2 at home last Thursday, followed that with a 9-2 triumph over Elmwood/Plum City the next day, a pair of con-conference wins against Stratford and Chequamegon in the Thorp tournament held last Saturday, May 11 and culminated it’s most recent string of wins with a Dunn-St. Croix conference championship-clinching 12-2 win over rival Boyceville at home just this past Monday, May 13.
The 10-run win against the Bulldogs coupled with Pepin/Alma’s 5-1 upset over Elk Mound that same day, allowed Glenwood City to take sole possession of its first-ever conference championship with a fine 15-1 record. The Hilltoppers are currently 18-2 overall.
The Toppers were on the edge of their seats on Monday evening, May 9, as the Durand Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, but a hit up the middle allowed Bella Lawson to score the tying run. Glenwood went on to win the game 10-1 after putting up nine runs in the top of the ninth inning.
In a much anticipated match up, Glenwood City welcomed the Elk Mound Mounders to their home field May 9 and hoped for a different outcome than that of the April 16 game that went to Elk Mound. But for Glenwood City and star pitcher Maggie Wallin it proved to be a magical night as she dished up 15 strikeouts in the 7-2 Glenwood City victory.
There was little time to glow in the previous night’s big win, however, as Glenwood City had a tough conference road game the next day against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves in Elmwood. The game went the full seven innings before the Toppers claimed the 9-2 victory. The Toppers had an outstanding eight RBIs against the Wolves along with nine hits.
Then on Saturday, the Lady Toppers traveled to Thorp for a 14-team tournament and took on Stratford and Chequamegon earning wins against both teams.
Glenwood City allowed things to stay close in the 4-1 win over Stratford with Maddie Oehlke taking charge in the pitching circle and recording 12 strikeouts. In the 11-0 win over Chequamegon the Toppers put down 11 RBIs spread amongst their nine players.
Glenwood City wrapped up the conference crown with the 12-2, five-inning win over Boyceville Monday (see separate story elsewhere in this issue). With the second seed and a first-round bye in the WIAA Division 4 regional tournament, the Toppers have elected to host Turtle Lake/Clayton (who also has a bye) this Thursday May 16 and will begin their tournament play next Tuesday, May 21 when they will host the winner of the Cadott (#7)-Spring Valley (#10) game. The regional final is set for Thursday, May 23.
It was another nail biter for the Topper ladies when they gave up an unearned run in the fifth inning to the Panthers in Durand May 6 and trailed 1-0.
Fortunately, the Toppers found the equalizer in the top of the seventh after being held scoreless by Durand the previous six innings.
The game would go into extra innings before Glenwood City scored nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to win, 10-1.
Glenwood City went into the seventh inning scoreless and down by one before Alexys Curvello led off and reached on an error, but was cut down after Ashlee Peterson hit into a double play.
With two outs, Maddie Oehlke and Bella Lawson were walked and Kaitlin Lee hit a ball up the middle that allowed Lawson to score the tying run and send the game into extra innings.
Durand changed pitchers in the ninth inning after Josie Radle had loaded the bases for Glenwood City.
It took just six hits, one of which was a home run hit by Maddie Oehlke (her only hit of the game), for the Toppers to score nine runs and take the win.
Glenwood City outhit Durand 13 to 3 in the contest.
Maggie Wallin, who pitched all nine innings for Glenwood City and struck out 22 batters while giving up just three hits and three walks, went 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Alexys Curvello also had two hits including a double in five plate appearances. Logan Hoitomt also went 2-for-5.
GLENWOOD CITY 10, DURAND 1
Glenwood City.……0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 – 10
Durand…..….….…..0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 1
Glenwood City (10) AB-H-R: Kendall Schutz 1-1-1, Maddie Oehlke 3-1-1, Alexys Curvello 5-2-1, Ashlee Peterson 2-0-0, Bella Lawson 4-1-1, Anna Brigham 4-1-1, Kassidi Thompson 0-0-1, Maggie Wallin 5-3-0, Kaitlin Lee 6-1-1, Logan Hoitomt 5-2-0, Delanie Fayerweather 5-1-1. Total 23-7-3.
Durand (1) AB-H-R: Paige Dorwin 4-0-0, Hannah Prissel 3-1-0, Leah Sabelko 3-1-0, Madisyn Kilboten 4-0-0, Josie Radle 4-0-0, Addison Weiss 3-0-0, Nataya Hurlburt 3-1-1, Katelyn Schlosser 4-0-0. Total 24-2-2.
Pitching: Glenwood City— Maggie Wallin 9 IP, 3 H, 22 K, 3 BB, 1 R (0 earned); Durand— Katelyn Schlosser 1 IP, 6 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 9 R (1 earned), Josie Radle 8 IP, 7 H, 0 K, 8 BB, 1 R (0 earned).
The Glenwood City Hilltoppers found themselves back on top of the Dunn-St. Croix after a win against Elk Mound on Thursday evening, May 9.
A 5-run third inning lifted the Toppers to the 7-2 victory.
Clare Hallum was the first to score to give Elk Mound a 1-0 lead 1-0 in the second inning.
But the Toppers and Delanie Fayerweather responded in the bottom half. After taking a strike on the first pitch, Fayerweather was able to put the barrel to the ball and hit a solo home run to tie things up at 1-1.
It was a big third inning for the Toppers as they extended their lead 6-1 with it all beginning from a single by Maggie Wallin that allowed teammate Maddie Oehlke to score. Wallin finished the evening one-of-four at the plate with an RBI and Oehlke was one-of-four with a run.
Wallin was phenomenal in the pitching circle for Glenwood City as she gave up just four hits and one walk in her 91 pitches, 71 of which were called strikes which led to 15 Mounder strikeouts.
Elk Mound would bring in their freshmen pitcher McKenna Diermeier in to relieve Clare Hallum in the third inning, but Glenwood City would get one more run when Logan Hoitomt scored.
Hoitomt was two-of-three at the plate with one run, three RBIs and a walk.
GLENWOOD CITY 7, ELK MOUND 2
Glenwood City.……0 1 5 0 1 0 X – 7
Elk Mound….….…..0 1 0 0 0 1 0 – 2
Glenwood City (7) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 4-1-1, Alexys Curvello 2-0-0, Ashlee Peterson 3-2-0, Bella Lawson 2-0-0, Anna Brigham 4–0-0, Maggie Wallin 4-1-0, Kaitlin Lee 2-0-1, Logan Hoitomt 3-2-1, Delanie Fayerweather 1-1-2, Kendall Schutz 0-0-1, Kassidi Thompson 0-0-1. Total 24-7-7.
Elk Mound (2) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 3-1-1, Sophie Cedarblade 3-1-0, Hailey Blaskowski 3-1-0, Clare Hallum 2-1-1, Abby Curry 3-1-0, Issie Hollister 3-0-0, Hannah Larson 2-0-0, Morgan Radtke 1-0-0, Orianna Horel 3-0-0, Kallee Rhude 2-0-0. Total 25-5-2.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 7 IP, 4 H, 15 K, 1 BB, 2 R (0 earned); Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 2 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 6 R (6 earned), McKenna Diermeier 4 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 6 BB, 1 R (0 earned).
The Hilltoppers were back on the road on Friday, May 10, against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves and took the win 9-2.
Maggie Wallin returned to the pitching circle against the Wolves and recorded 12 strikeouts and 1 walk in seven innings pitched. Wallin was also one-of-four at the plate with two RBIs as well.
Leading the Toppers in runs was Maddie Oehlke and Delanie Fayerweather the teammates had two runs a piece against E/PC. Oehlke had one hit in her four at bats for Glenwood City and Fayerweather went two-of-four at the plate.
Three other Glenwood City players brought in two RBIs which included Ashlee Peterson, Logan Hoitomt and Kaitlin Lee.
Hoitomt and Peterson each had a one run a piece and were two-of-two at the plate.
GLENWOOD CITY 9, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 2
Glenwood City.……0 5 1 0 2 1 0 – 9
Elmwood/Plum City..0 0 0 0 0 2 0 – 2
Glenwood City (9) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 4-1-2, Alexys Curvello 4-1-0, Ashlee Peterson 4-2-1, Bella Lawson 2-0-1, Anna Brigham 4-0-1, Olivia Janson 0-0-1, Maggie Wallin 4-1-0, Kaitlin Lee 3-0-0, Logan Hoitomt 4-2-1, Delanie Fayerweather 4-2-2. Total 33-9-9.
Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 7 IP, 6 H, 12 K, 1 BB, 2 R (2 earned).
Glenwood City returned to the diamond on Saturday, May 11, in Thorp and grabbed a 4-1 win over Stratford in a close opening game The Toppers also faced Chequamegon later in the day.
Maddie Oehlke took control on the mound for the Toppers and was able to record 12 strikeouts and surrendered only one unearned run in the seven innings. Oehlke was also hot at the plate as she had three hits in her four at bats, one run and an RBI.
Stepping into the second basemen position for the first game was Maggie Wallin and went two-of-three at the plate with an RBI for the Hilltoppers.
Kaitlin Lee and Alexys Curvello also scored one run a piece for Glenwood City, Lee was one-of-three at the plate and Curvello had one hit in her three at bats along with an RBI.
Scoring the last run for Glenwood City was Bella Lawson who was walked in the second inning and was brought in by Maggie Wallin.
GLENWOOD CITY 4, STRATFORD 1
Glenwood City.……0 4 0 0 0 0 0 – 4
Stratford….….…..0 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 1
Glenwood City (4) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 4-3-1, Alexys Curvello 3-1-1, Ashlee Peterson 3-0-0, Bella Lawson 3-0-1, Anna Brigham 3-0-0, Maggie Wallin 3-2-0, Kaitlin Lee 3-1-1, Logan Hoitomt 3-1-0, Delanie Fayerweather 2-1-0. Total 27-9-4.
Stratford (1) AB-H-R: Mariah Zawislan 3-2-0, Sydney Boeger 3-1-0, Paige Kolbeck 1-1-1, Jessamae Rice 2-1-0, Alexcis Gadke 2-1-0, Mazie Nagel 2-1-0, Clare Bargender 1-0-0, Emily Meyer 1-0-0.
Glenwood City — Maddie Oehlke 7 IP, 7 H, 12 K, 0 BB, 1 R (0 earned); Stratford — Maria Schoenfuss 2 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 4 R (4 earned).
For Glenwood City, the RBIs were plentiful as they had 11 against Chequamegon in the second game on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Hilltoppers in RBIs was Kaitlin Lee who had four, as well as one run and a hit in her four at bats. Lee reached base in the second and fourth inning on an error.
Maggie Wallin was in the pitching circle for Glenwood City and gave up just one walk and recorded 14 strikeouts, she was also one-of-four at the plate with an RBI.
Running for Wallin was teammate Kassidi Thompson who was credited with a stolen base and one run.
Alexys Curvello was the only Topper to bat a 1.000 during Saturday’s tournament as she went three-for-three at the plate with two stolen bases and a run.
GLENWOOD CITY 11, CHEQUAMEGON 0
Glenwood City.……0 1 0 1 2 7 – 11
Chequamegon.….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Glenwood City (11) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 4-2-2, Alexys Curvello 3-3-1, Ashlee Peterson 4-1-0, Bella Lawson 3-1-2, Maggie Wallin 4-1-0, Kaitlin Lee 4-1-1, Logan Hoitomt 4-1-0, Delanie Fayerweather 3-3-3, Kendall Schutz 4-1-1, Kassidi Thompson 0-0-1. Total 33-14-11.
Chequamegon (0) AB-H-R: Brooklyn Hanson 2-0-0, Hannah Borne 1-0-0, Hailey Minnema 1-1-0, Eva Pasewald 1-1-0, Alyssa Hoffman 1-0-0. Total 22-2-0.
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 6 IP, 2 H, 14 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Chequamegon — Eva Pasewald 5 IP, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 4 R (4 earned).