SPRING VALLEY, WI - A win just has not materialized for the Spring Valley softball team yet this year, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been successes.

“We have been our own worst enemy in the field,” said Head Coach Ron Cipriano. “We are giving teams extra outs every game, and when we do that, we give them opportunities to score more runs. But we are cutting down on some of those errors, now we just need to give more of an effort.”

The Cardinals lost last week to Boyceville, Durand and Colfax, despite showing some good signs in those losses.

Boyceville 27, Spring Valley 14 - The Cardinals fell behind early, but really showed some grit in battling back against the conference leading Bulldogs in this rain-soaked contest.

Boyceville jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning, extended it to 12-0 in the second and 13-0 in the third inning for what looked like an easy win. But, after holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, the Cardinals scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut it down to 13-8. Valley made it 13-9 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Boyceville scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to make it 20-9, but the Cardinals scored four in the bottom of the sixth to keep the game going at 20-13. Valley surrendered seven more runs in the top of the seventh and scored one more in the bottom for the final margin for the most runs they scored in a game this season.

Juniors Quinn Anderson and Kate Franzen led the Cardinal offense with four hits each. Anderson had three doubles and three RBI’s on the day and Franzen had one double. Senior Tessa Cipriano had two doubles on the game, while junior Brenna Schreiber had two hits as well, including a triple.

Senior Gabby Stevens, who also had a double, took the loss for the Cardinals with seven innings of work, surrendered 17 hits and 16 walks.

“We got a lot of really good things all game long,” said Cipriano. “Gabby did a great job pitching in the rain and we hit their pitcher, who is one of the best in the conference, pretty well.”

The Cardinals collected 17 hits and 16 walks on the game, but also committed four errors in the field,

Durand 15, Spring Valley 4 - 5 innings - The Cardinals had their first lead of the season, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on the road. Stevens led off with a single and sophomore Maddie Matthys followed with another single. Franzen hit a sacrifice to score Stevens and Schreiber singled Matthys home for the 2-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, with the Cardinals still leading 2-0, Stevens led off by reaching on an error. Matthys then hit Stevens home with a double for a 3-0 lead, and Matthys then scored on a single by Schreiber for a 4-0 lead for the Cardinals.

But the Panthers scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning off of Cipriano on an error, six walks and two hits. Durand would score nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 15-4 lead and when the Cardinals didn’t score runs in the top of the fifth the game was over.

Matthys and Schreiber had two hits each for the Cardinals, who had seven total hits, as well as three strikeouts against zero walks.

Cipriano took the loss for Valley, surrendering 13 runs, just three earned, on five hits, eight walks and three strikeouts. Durand also took advantage of four Cardinal errors on the game.

Colfax 20, Spring Valley 3 - 4 innings - Sophomore Kristine Miller took the loss for the Cardinals, but had one of her best outings of the season, going three-plus innings. She surrendered 16 runs, 13 earned, on one hit and 18 walks while striking out three.

Colfax plated two runs in the top of the first inning and seven more in the top of the second for a 9-0 lead. They added two more in the top of the third while Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the third when Miller scored on a single by Cipriano and Matthys scored on a single by Anderson to an 11-2 score. Colfax would plate nine more runs in the top of the fourth inning for a 20-2 lead, and while the Cardinals scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth, it wasn’t enough to keep the game going.

Valley combined for five singles in the game and three walks (as well as two hit batters) while striking out three times.

The losses drop the Cardinals to 0-13 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals played on the road at Mondovi this past Tuesday, at Elk Mound today and finish at Glenwood City tomorrow at 4:30. The Cardinals do not know who they play in the opening round of the WIAA tournament, but will be on the road on Tuesday.