G-E-T remains unbeaten in CC, drops two other games

For most sports teams, losing twice in three days might cause a bitter reaction.

But for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School softball team last week, a loss to a pair of undefeated teams were made easier to stomach by three conference wins — one a walk-off — and a tournament win over the third ranked team in Division 3 softball on Saturday. The Red Hawks scored wins over West Salem, Luther, Viroqua and Poynette while falling to Blair-Taylor (see story elsewhere in Sports) and Monona Grove.

Aquinas was set to visit G-E-T (12-4 this season, 8-0 Coulee Conference) on Monday, and the Red Hawks were scheduled to go to Viroqua on Tuesday. Tomah is supposed to visit the Red Hawks on Wednesday and Black River Falls comes to town on Friday.

G-E-T 8 West Salem 4

Senior Lindsey Lettner had four hits and two stolen bases for G-E-T, which recorded 15 hits as a team.

Genna O’Neill and Kaitlyn Gunderson each had three hits along with three RBI, and Gunderson stole a pair of bases. O’Neill picked up the win as pitcher, allowing a handful of hits and striking out eight.

G-E-T 4 Luther 3

A walk-off home win on Tuesday gave the Red Hawks their second conference win in as many days and sit atop the conference standings at 8-0 after last week’s games.

Ryann Duffenbach hit a single in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday to score Lettner and win the game after the Red Hawks gave up the lead earlier in the game.

Luther rallied back to tie the game at three in the fourth inning before Duffenbach’s hit. Duffenbach finished with three of G-E-T’s five hits, and Lettner stole three more bases.

O’Neill threw 10 strikeouts.

G-E-T 6 Viroqua 0

Lettner again led G-E-T on offense in a home conference win over Viroqua on Friday, having a pair of hits and another trio of stolen bases,

O’Neill did her part on defense, allowing just two hits and striking out 13.

G-E-T 4, Poynette 3

Three runs in the fourth inning created a wide enough spread to keep Poynette at bay in their home quad tournament last Saturday.

O’Neill had two hits, including the single that got the offense started in the fourth inning. She had a double, and Duffenbach hit a triple.

O’Neill kept a busy week going on the mound, getting the win despite a strong 10-hit performance from Poynette.

Monona Grove 9 G-E-T 3

O’Neill wasn’t quite done with the big performances, though, as the senior hit a trio of doubles in a clash with undefeated Monona Grove on Saturday. Lettner added two hits, and the team finished with nine.

Abby Braunreiter got the start for G-E-T, throwing two strikeouts and allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Shayna Kirkey came on in relief and allowed two hits and two earned runs—four total—in two innings.

Kirkey finished with one strikeout and three walks.

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