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Softball surges to near .500

In the blink of an eye, the Glencoe-Silver Lake softball team’s 2018 campaign has rocketed by, with the regular season already drawing to a close this week.
However, as the pre-playoff slate nears a close, the Panthers are playing some of their best softball and began this week just one game short of .500.
GSL went 5-2 last week, splitting one doubleheader before sweeping another, and then before winning both contests in a tournament at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Saturday, May 12.
The Panthers opened last week with a doubleheader split against Watertown-Mayer on Tuesday, May 8. The Split occurred on both ends of the spectrum, with GSL losing Game One 11-1 before winning Game Two 11-8.
Hannah Boesche went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, with Lexi Hansch going 2-for-3 with three runs scored in the victory. Tess Chap also scored a pair of runs on a 1-for-4 day at the plate.
Pitcher Brianna Wraspir struck out three batters in the game, with six of the eight runs scored by the Royals counting as earned.
GSL swept Dassel-Cokato on Thursday, May 10, winning 6-0 and 7-5.
Wraspir went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Panthers to the shutout win in Game One. She also blanked the Chargers with four strikeouts to earn the complete-game victory.
D-C made things a bit more difficult for the Panthers in Game Two, but GSL scored five runs over the sixth and seventh innings to earn the tight victory.
Wraspir was the lone Panther to garner a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with one run scored. Six different GSL players crossed home plate in the game.
An 11-0 loss at Norwood Young America on Friday, May 11, brought the winning streak to an abrupt end, but the Panthers were quick to rebound the next day.
Minnehaha Academy, hailing from Minneapolis, was first to fall to GSL in a 13-6 decision.
Lily Schmitt went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Kaitlyn Uecker was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Hansch, Boesche, Kasidy Cacka and Alison Kettner all joined Schmitt with two RBI apiece.
The tournament title game saw the Panthers topping host HLWW 5-4 as Cacka scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Wraspir had two RBI in the game to lead the victorious visitors – the hurler also earned the win in both games.
GSL traveled to New London-Spicer for a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 15, after the Chronicle went to press. The Panthers travel to Mound Westonka for the regular-season finale on Thursday.
The Section 5AA Tournament is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 21. GSL’s seed and first-round matchup had not yet been announced when the Chronicle went to press.