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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — It appears that Maggie Wallin is nearly unbeatable on either side of the plate.
The Glenwood City senior not only wins games from the mound, she also delivers from the batter’s box.
Wallin parked a pitch over left center field with one swing in the bottom of the seventh, and in dramatic fashion, her walk-off solo home run lifted the Hilltoppers to a 3-2 non-conference softball win over a scrappy Turtle Lake/Clayton squad in last Thursday’s regular season finale.
It was Wallin’s second fence-clearing shot in the May 16 game.
“We struggled offensively as we flew it out to defenders for ten easy fly balls,” said head coach Matt Schutz. “Except for Maddie’s double in the first and Maggie’s two home runs in the first and seventh.”
Wallin also took care of business on the mound. She threw all seven innings against Turtle Lake/Clayton and was able to record another 11 strikeouts for the season as Glenwood City won its 15th consecutive contest to finish the regular season with an impressive 19-2 record. Wallin walked two and gave up two earned runs.
Wallin finished with two home runs and three RBIs and accounted for all three Glenwood City runs.
Maddie Oehlke led off the Glenwood City first with a double and was on base when Wallin connected for her first home run to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 lead.
The game stayed that way until the top of the fifth when Turtle Lake/Clayton pushed a run home to knot the game at two setting the stage for Wallin’s game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Kaitlin Lee and Kendall Schutz were the only other Lady Toppers to garner hits for Glenwood City with Lee getting two hits in three at bats and Schutz was one-of-three at the plate.
“Turtle Lake/Clayton put the ball in play more than we are use to,” Schutz said. “But our defense and pitching were able to prevent them from scoring more runs. We got out of some hairy situations.”
Glenwood City welcomed Cadott to the Toppers’ home yesterday, May 21, for a regional semifinal game in the WIAA Division 4 Softball Tournament. If Glenwood City wins, it would host either Augusta (#3) or Boyceville (#6) in Thursday’s regional championship game. The sectional semifinals are set for next Tuesday, May 28 with the final to be held on Thursday, May 30.
GLENWOOD CITY 3, TURTLE LAKE/CLAYTON 2
Glenwood City.….……2 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 3
Turtle Lake/Clayton…..1 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 2
Glenwood City (3) AB-H-R: Maddie Oehlke 3-1-1, Bella Lawson 3-0-0, Kaitlin Lee 3-2-0, Delanie Fayerweather 3-0-0, Maggie Wallin 4-2-2, Logan Hoitomt 2-0-0, Ashlee Peterson 3-0-0, Kendall Schutz 3-1-0. Total 26-6-3.
Turtle Lake/Clayton (2) AB-H-R: I. Bussewitz 4-1-1, K. Fall 4-2-0, M. Gilbertson 4-1-1, A. Leslie 3-1-0, K. Ketz 4-1-0, C. Leslie 3-0-0, S. Ellis 3-1-0, K. Patrick 3-1-0, A. Patrick 3-2-0. Total 32-10-2
Pitching: Glenwood City — Maggie Wallin 7 IP, 10 H, 11 K, 2 BB, 2 R (2 earned); Turtle Lake/Clayton — K. Fall 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 3 R (3 earned).