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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — To say the least, the 2019 season has been nothing short of magical for this year’s Dunn-St. Croix Player of the Year, Maggie Wallin.
“It’s still so surreal to me,” Wallin explained. “But me and my mom have a saying. ‘I’m unstoppable’.”
Wallin has pitched 130 and two-thirds innings for the Glenwood City Hilltoppers over the course of 19 wins and 3 losses. Glenwood City finished 21-3 and won its first ever Dunn-St. Croix conference softball championship.
Her performance on the mound has been on point for the Lady Toppers softball team as she racked up 222 strikeouts in the regular season and 41 throughout the playoffs for a total of 263. Maggie registered 22 in a May 6 game against Durand and it was commonplace for her to ring up a dozen to 15 Ks per game. In all, Wallin capped her prep career with 634 strikeouts.
“Maggie and Delanie kept batters at bay all year with their great teamwork on the mound and at the plate. They are a special combination,” Toppers head coach Matthew Schutz stated.
In her 21 starts for Glenwood City, Wallin has managed to allow only 25 earned runs out of 53 runs all together giving her an ERA of 1.34 against her opponents.
“It’s crazy to see what I accomplished,” she said. “It just proves to me that all the work I did during the winter of throwing pitches in the garage, that it all paid off in the end.”
Midway through the season Wallin was moved in to the power hitter spot as it became clear she wasn’t just hot on the mound for the Toppers.
She finished her senior season second in hits with 32, 15 of which went for extra bases including nine doubles, a triple, and five home runs, and tied for second in RBIs with 26. Wallin finished this season with a batting average of .405.
However, she led the Dunn-St. Croix conference as the wins leader with 19 as she posted six shutouts and twirled one no-hitter for the Toppers.
The future for Maggie is bright. She will continue her softball career at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and hopes she will be able to start a few games for the Auggies.
But if not she said she would gladly be willing to go in and be a relief pitcher.
“We are excited to know that she will be moving onto Augsburg University, Minneapolis this fall to continue her dominance on the mound,” Schutz commented.
She’s already met her future teammates after a meeting on Saturday afternoon, May 25, and was able to get a feel for where she will fit in.
Wallin plans to study theater while she is at Augsburg and plans to keep the mantra that she is unstoppable when it comes to anything in life.
Before the beginning of her freshmen year in college, Wallin has one more high school game and that is the WFSCA (Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association) Senior All-Star game as part of the Green team and it will be held at Wisconsin Dells on June 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on field 11 versus the Division 4/5 Gray team.
Wallin is also one of eight finalists for the WSN Senior Softball Awards according to Wissports.net. She is in the running with Maddy Anderson (Waukesha North), Meghan Anderson (Verona), Olivia Bobak (Monroe), Sydni Gburek (Mosinee), Alyssa Muench (Campbellsport), Sydney Supple (Oshkosh North) and Sadie Willborn (Belmont).
Wallin will also play over the summer with the Minnesota Irish which is an elite softball team from Rosemount, MN. The Irish is one of the oldest and longest running softball clubs out of the Twin Cities area.