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Toppers win first game of the season in Colfax

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City baseball team won their first game of the season after playing against the Colfax Vikings on Tuesday, May 6.

The Toppers were scheduled to play Elmwood on Thursday, but that contest was postponed after storms cancelled events that evening.

They were able to hit the field on Saturday however with games in Unity. They came close, but lost by four runs to the Eagles and lost big to Somerset in the 14-0 final.

First win in Colfax

“The guys played really well, loose and relaxed. They played as a team and had fun. We must have gotten all the rust off,” shared coach Jake Score.

The Toppers knocked the rust off and shined up their shoes with a huge win of 11-1 against the Vikings in five innings.

Seniors Jake Carlson, Blayze Wood and Jeff Kopacz were the first runs to score for the Toppers.

Carlson started the bats off for the Toppers with a double to right-center. Wood followed with a walk and then Kopacz singled which brought Carlson home.

The only run the Vikings scored came in the first inning as well with Nate Leibfried hitting home after being walked to first.

The second inning was a wash between the two teams, but the Toppers fired the bats back up in the third inning with Mitch Hurtgen and Ray Arons scoring.

The fourth inning was the dagger as the Toppers scored six runs out of their nine man batting roster.

Richard Croes started the inning off with a single to center field and Arons followed with a single to the outfield as well.

Zack Wink and Nick Schone followed at the bottom of the roster and they were walked by Ethan Keikhafer who was the relief pitcher for Logan Mittlestadt.

Carlson batted after Schone and he was out, but his hit scored two runs. Wood and Kopacz batted and scored before the inning ended with Brennan Kessler sitting on second base.

Wood, Kopacz, Croes, Arons, Wink and Schone were the final runs scored in the ball game.

The Toppers allowed only four batters to step up to the plate at the bottom of the fifth inning with just one runner reaching second base.

The game ended with the Toppers ten-running the Vikings, which ended the contest in the fifth 11-1.

Wink led the Toppers on the mound as the winning pitcher with one hit, one run and five walks allowed in five innings. He also threw five strikeouts.

The losing pitcher was Mittlestadt who threw three innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits as well as five walks. He has three strikeouts. Keikhafer relieved him and pitched two innings and allowed three runs and three walks.

The Toppers had 25 At Bats compared to the Vikings’ 16. They had the 11 runs off of ten hits with Kopacz, Arons and Hunter Chouinard leading the team with two runs each. Wood led the team in RBIs with two.

The Toppers were scheduled to play Mondovi on Monday evening, but rain on Sunday washed out several fields and postponed the contest.

Currently, the boys are scheduled to play in Pepin against the Eagles on Thursday, May 15 and then again on Monday (May 19) at home for a double-header against Plum City.