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Cardinals blank Toppers

After opening the season in the cold and rain, the Hilltoppers’ baseball team had to welcome the warmth of the sun when it traveled to Spring Valley on Monday, April 13.

Unfortunately, the on-field result did not change.

Glenwood City lost for the second time in as many games when it was blanked by Spring Valley, 11-0, in a Small Dunn-St. Croix contest.

Although Glenwood City starter Joel Ormson and his relief, Mitch Hurtgen, surrendered just five hits to Spring Valley, the Toppers’ defense committed an unlucky 13 errors that led to their shut out loss in six innings.

“We had too many errors,” said Glenwood City head Jake Score succinctly. “We did play a few innings of good ‘D’ but had just too many lapses.

The Toppers weren’t exactly sizzling on the offensive side either.

Cardinals’ pitcher Rem Schneider held the Toppers’ to just three hits and recorded a dozen strike outs in his shut out win.

“We were a little intimidated by the hard-throwing Schneider,” added Score.

Glenwood City did not pick up a hit until the fourth inning when Nick Schone belted a lead-off double only to be stranded on second. Freshman Peter Hill and sophomore Jake Logghe had the Hilltoppers other two hits – both singles.

Spring Valley put a quick three runs on the scoreboard in the first inning, aided by three Glenwood City errors and two walks.

Two more errors by the Toppers’ defense allowed the Cardinals to plate another run in the second.

Ormson was able to throw back-to-back scoreless innings in the third and fourth despite two more errors. But in the fifth, when yet another defensive misque allowed the lead-off runner to reach, Ormson walked the next batter to bring his day on the mound to an end.

Relief pitcher Mitch Hurtgen did not fare much better.

After Ormson’s exit, Spring Valley scored three runs without the aid of a hit thanks to three more fielding errors.

A single, a double and one final defensive faux pas led the Cardinals to four more runs in the bottom of the sixth frame and brought an end to the contest.

Ormson took the pitching loss despite surrending just two hits and three walks in four-innings of solid work which was undone by several defensive mistakes. He also had four strikeouts. Hurtgen, in two innings of relief, was charged with five runs on three hits and a walk.

Schneider picked up the complete game win for Spring Valley as he struck out 12 and walked two and surrender just the three hits.