By Kelsie Hoitomt
PEPIN/SPRING VALLEY — The Hilltopper boys’ baseball team traveled to Pepin on Tuesday, April 23 for their first conference game of the season. A last minute score in the seventh inning resulted in the Toppers losing 6-5 against the Eagles. They then traveled to Spring Valley on Monday, April 29 and lost 10-1.
The Toppers were ahead 5-0 going into the fourth inning after Matt Tone, Jeff Kopacz, Adam Holmquist, Kyle Peterson and Richard Croes each had a base hit or were walked.
The Eagles brought in a new left-handed pitcher in the fourth inning and that cooled off the bats for the Hilltoppers.
The Eagles came alive in the fourth inning and scored four unanswered runs with the additional two runs crossing the plate in the seventh inning.
The Eagles winning run barely crossed the plate after a fly ball was caught by Croes in centerfield and he fired the ball back to home-plate but the tag for the out wasn’t quite able to be made.
Peterson’s experience on the mound allowed him to pitch the entire seven innings with 87 balls thrown with three strikeouts and just three walks allowed.
“Overall I was very pleased with how we played considering it was our first time on an actual field. They played aggressive at bats and on defense,” said head coach Jake Score.
The Toppers had a rough game against the Cardinals on Monday with defensive errors hindering the team and resulting in the 10-1 loss.
The Toppers are scheduled to play this Thursday, May 2 at home against Plum City and then on Monday, May 6 in Elmwood with both games starting at 5:00 p.m.
Glenwood City 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Pepin/Alma 0 0 0 4 0 0 2