By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Topper baseball team hosted a double-header against Elmwood-Plum City last Thursday, May 22.
They were then scheduled to play a non-conference game against the Clayton Bears, but due to a graduation ceremony, the game turned into a scrimmage with Clayton and Turtle Lake.
Against the Wolves, the Toppers finished 1-1 on the day with their first game being a huge upset as they lost 23-5.
The Wolves clawed their way through the first few innings with three runs scored in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth and then one in the fifth for an 11-3 lead.
However, the blow out started in the final innings when they pushed 12 runners across home to seal the deal on the win.
The Toppers put one runner at home in the first inning, which was Jeff Kopacz who batted third in the line up. It was teammate Brennan Kessler that knocked in the RBI.
Then in the fifth inning it was Kopacz, Kessler and Blayze Wood that scored with the help of an RBI hit by Richard Croes.
Croes again hit an RBI single in the sixth inning, which scored Kopacz for his third time in the game.
The second game had a much better ending for the Toppers as they put some fire under their bats and the defense played a more error free game, which led to their win of 10-8.
The Topper grabbed a hold of a 7-2 lead by the third inning after Mitch Hurtgen scored in the first and then Kopacz, Kessler, Wood, Jake Logghe, Nick Schone and Jake Carlson hit home in the third.
The Wolves brought the game to within three points after the fourth inning when the scored four runs against the Topper’s two for a 9-6 score.
The defense held them to no runs in the fifth and then two in the sixth, but the Toppers’ one extra run in the sixth was enough to hold them ahead by two for the win.
Croes and Wood scored in the fourth for the Toppers on an RBI single by Schone and a sacrifice RBI by Carlson. The final run then came from Schone in the sixth inning.
Next on the schedule for the Hilltoppers is a game in Mondovi on Thursday, May 29. The Toppers are then scheduled to play Elmwood again on Tuesday, June 3 for the first Regional game, which will be in Elmwood.