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GSL softball opens season with a quick cram session

The Glencoe-Silver Lake softball team got its long-delayed season started last week by diving headlong into its Wright County Conference West schedule. Early results did not prove tremendously kind to the Panthers, with the team going 1-4 in its first five contests.
GSL opened the season by welcoming Mound Westonka to town on Thursday, April 26. The White Hawks never trailed, scoring one run in the third inning, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh en route to a 9-1 win.
Kasidy Cacka plated the Panthers’ lone tally in the seventh, doubling and scoring on an RBI hit by Lily Schmitt. Brianna Wraspir pitched and took the loss for GSL, striking out six while allowing nine hits, three walks and four earned runs.
Rockford dropped by the Panthers’ home field the next day. The Rockets proved to be rude guests by blanking their hosts in both ends of a doubleheader, winning 11-0 and 6-0. Hannah Boesche netted GSL’s lone hit of Game 1, then went 2-for-3 in Game 2. Cacka logged the Panthers’ third of three hits in the nightcap.
The Panthers battled Mayer Lutheran on Saturday, April 28, during the first of a two-game set in the Dundas Dome. The game was eventually won 6-3 by the Crusaders after some back-and-forth in the early frames.
After Mayer Lutheran posted two runs on the board in the top of the first inning, Lexi Hansch cut the deficit in half by reaching on an error to lead off the bottom of the stanza before coming home on an RBI double by Wraspir.
In the second inning, Alison Kettner and Elise Petersen both came home to give GSL its first lead of the season at 3-2. The advantage lasted two innings before the Crusaders brought home a pair of runners in both the fifth and sixth innings to seal the three-run win. Wraspir took the loss with four earned runs allowed while striking out five.
The Panthers broke through for a victory in their final game of the busy three-day stretch, defeating Sibley East 9-6.
GSL took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Hansch, Wraspir and Cacka scoring. The Wolverines chipped into the lead with a lone run in the third. The Panthers countered that tally with another Cacka run in the fifth before scoring five times in their final turn at bat in the sixth inning.
Boesche, Wraspir, Madelynn Emery, Kylie Ness and Petersen all came home in the sixth to more than counter the four runs scored by Sibley East in the sixth and seventh frames as GSL claimed the victory. Wraspir earned the win after striking out 10 with no walks over seven innings of six-run ball.
The Panthers headed back out on the road for a doubleheader at Litchfield on Tuesday, May 1, after the Chronicle went to press. GSL is scheduled to remain away on Thursday with a trip to Annandale, before playing in a tournament at Hutchinson on Saturday.