The Hilltoppers are winless no more!
Glenwood City grabbed its first win of the season Thursday evening, April 23 when it rallied from a 7-2 deficit to post an 8-7 home win over Plum City in a small Dunn-St. Croix baseball game.
Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the Hilltoppers’ other two games last week.
Glenwood City was shut out in both games, losing 5-0 in Alma to Pepin/Alma last Monday, April 20 and 23-0 at home April 27 against Spring Valley.
Things did not look promising for Glenwood City in the early innings.
Plum City chased Toppers’ starter Joel Ormson from the game in the third inning after scoring five runs on four hits and three walks. Glenwood City also committed a couple of errors.
Mitch Hurtgen relieved Ormson and was able to retire the side in the third but not until the Blue Devils had scored two more times to take a 7-2 advantage.
But to the Toppers’ credit they never surrendered and slowly work their way back into the game.
A three-run fourth helped.
Nick Schone, who went 3-for-3 in the game with a pair of doubles, singled to start the Toppers’ fourth inning.
Jake Logghe singled with an out. Then with two outs, Mitch Hurtgen helped his cause with a double that scored both Schone and Logghe.
Hurtgen came around to score on Spencer Peterson’s base hit to cut the Toppers’ deficit to 7-5.
Glenwood City would tie it up in the fifth with a pair of runs.
Jake Kopacz was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Jake Nadeau came in to run for Kopacz.
Schone then belted his second double, which allowed Nadeau to score from first. Schone would also come around with the game-tying run.
That set the stage for the Toppers’ dramatic win.
Mitch Hurtgen walked to lead off the Toppers’ sixth in a game tied at sevens.
Then with two outs, Jeff Schone hit a single that brought Hurtgen home with what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Despite giving up a single in the Plum City seventh, Nick Schone, who had taken over the pitching duties in the sixth, slammed the door on the Blue Devils to get the win.
Plum City took the early lead with two runs in the second and five in the third.
The Toppers scored once in the first and second innings.
Glenwood City out hit Plum City 12 to nine.
Besides Nick Schone’s three-hit game, Damian Hoitomt, Hurtgen, Peterson and Jeff Schone all had a pair of hits and Jake Logghe had a single.
Fall to Eagles
Glenwood City never got its offense on track when it played Pepin/Alma in Alma April 20.
Although the Eagles had just five hits themselves, they took advantage of seven Glenwood City errors to win 5 to nothing.
Glenwood City starter Joel Ormson suffered the loss despite surrendering just two hits and a single run in four innings of work. Mitch Hurtgen, who took the ball from Ormson in the fifth inning, allowed four runs.
Both Glenwood City pitchers finished with a pair of walks and strikeouts.
Pepin/Alma scored single runs in the second and sixth innings and three times in the fifth.
Jake Logghe, Damian Hoitomt and Spencer Peterson each had singles and Joel Ormson belted a third-inning double for the Toppers only hits.
The win kept the Lakers atop the small conference standings
Spring Valley was not a good guest.
The second-place Cardinals whitewashed the Hilltoppers 23-0 in five innings when they traveled to Glenwood City Monday, April 27.
Outside of the score, no further details or stats were available as of Tuesday’s press time.