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Toppers suffer four baseball losses

GLENWOOD CITY — The good times did not last long for the Glenwood City baseball team.

Just a few days after picking up their first win of the season, the Hilltoppers were whitewashed 23-0 by the visiting Spring Valley Cardinals April 27. That lopsided loss precipitated the four game slide the Toppers now find themselves in.

The numbing defeat to Spring Valley has been followed by three straight road losses – a 12-2 setback at St. Croix Central April 30, a non-conference 4-2 loss in Grantsburg the next day (May 1) and a disappointing 4-3 defeat in Elmwood this past Monday, May 4 to the previously winless Raiders.

Fall in Elmwood

Outside the 4-3 final and inning scores, no other details were available as of Tuesday morning’s press time.

The Toppers, who only gave up three hits to the Raiders, twice held the lead.

Glenwood City scored the game’s first run in the top of the second. Elmwood tied it with a run in the bottom half.

The Hilltoppers again scored a run in the third to retake the lead at 2-1 only to have the Raiders plate a pair in the bottom half of the frame to take a 3-2 lead.

It stayed that way until the Toppers seventh when they got the equalizer.

But Elmwood added a run in its final at bat to secure its first win, 4-3.

Grantsburg

Despite playing one of its better games and getting a solid pitching performance from Joel Ormson, Glenwood City was still unable to put a win in the books when it traveled to Grantsburg Friday, May 1, dropping the non-conference game, 4-2.

“We played better baseball tonight,” noted Glenwood City head coach Jake Score.

“We calmed down and eliminated many of the errors that have been holding us back,” added the coach.

Although the Toppers cut their errors to three, the team had trouble finding its offense as Pirate pitching surrendered just three hits.

An error and three hits gave the home team a 2-0 advantage after one.

Fielding errors, a hit batter and two more hits helped double the Grantsburg lead to four nil.

The Hilltoppers scored its only two runs in the third. Joel Ormson walk to open the inning and Jake Kopacz and Nick Schone singled to score the runs.

Neither squad scored after the third inning.

Ormson took the pitching loss.

St. Croix Central

Glenwood City took an early two to nothing lead at St. Croix Central April 30.

But then the Panthers came to bat.

St. Croix Central answered Glenwood City’s two run first with seven runs of its own.

And the Panthers never looked back.

St. Croix Central scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings and twice in the fourth to take a 12-2, five inning win.

The Panthers collected 13 hits  from three Toppers pitchers – starter Mitch Hurtgen (who took the loss), Joel Ormson, and Nick Schone.

Central hurler Matt Brandeen gave up just three hits in his winning performance.

Jake Logghe, Schone and Hurtgen had the Toppers’ hits.

Bombed by Cardinals

Spring Valley scored early and often against Glenwood City when the teams meet in Glenwood City April 27.

The small Dunn-St. Croix leading Cardinals scored 12 runs in the first inning alone as they pelted Toppers’ starter Joel Ormson for seven hits including a lead off home run and were given five walks.

Ormson made it just another third of an inning before exiting after giving up three more runs.

Spring Valley scored four in the second and added seven more in the third inning against Topper relievers Nick Schone and Mitch Hurtgen.

The Cardinals collected 19 hits in all compared to five for the Hilltoppers.

Mitch Hurtgen had a pair of hits off the Red Birds’ winning hurler Rem Schneider. Nick and Jeff Schone along with Nic Jenson also collected singles for the Toppers, who only made it past second base once in the game.

The Toppers have a three game home stand beginning with Mondovi on Thursday. Clayton/Turtle Lake will be in town for a non-conference game Friday, May 8. Glenwood City then hosts Pepin/Alma next Monday, May 11.