Glenwood City baseball falls to Spring Valley, Shell Lake

The Glenwood City baseball team could not build on the momentum of its five-run home win over Plum City as it dropped a pair of games last week including a conference setback.

[emember_protected] Glenwood City – which was already without shortstop Nick Schone, who was competing at the DECA Nationals in Nashville, TN – lost starting pitcher Joel Ormson just four batters into its April 25 showdown in Spring Valley against the small division-leading Cardinals. Things quickly went south for the Toppers who fell 16-3 to the Cardinals.

Offensively, Glenwood City showed improvement when they played Shell Lake four days later in Clear Lake but they still lost for the eighth time in nine games this season, dropping the game by a count of 14-9. The contest was supposed to be played in Glenwood City but was moved to because of standing water on the Hilltoppers’ field after the previous day’s rain and snow left it water-logged. Thursday’s home game with Durand had to be postponed.

Glenwood City hosted Elmwood Monday, May 2 and will be on the road at Mondovi on Thursday and in Alma to face Pepin/Alma next Monday, May 9.

Spring Valley

Glenwood City took an early 1-0 lead over Spring Valley in its road game on April 25. Spencer Peterson reached base on an error to open the contest and later scored on Damian Hoitomt’s RBI single.

The lead was short-lived however.

Joel Ormson, the Hilltoppers’ starting hurler, surrendered a double, a single and two walks to the first four batters he faced before he exited with a shoulder injury. Damian Hoitomt came on in relief and retired the side but not before Spring Valley plated four runs and never looked back.

The Toppers got a run back in the top of  the second inning when Bryce Fayerweather led off with a walk and came around to score on Spencer Peterson’s RBI single.

But in the bottom half of the second, Spring Valley took advantage of a pair of Glenwood City errors and four hits off of Hoitomt to plate five more runs for a 9-2 lead.

The Cardinals knocked Hoitomt out of the game in the third inning with three hits including a two-run home run and a double. The Toppers also committed another error. Jacob Kopacz took over pitching duties but threw to just two batters as he gave up a two-run triple to the first batter he faced before getting the first out on a fly ball. Bruce Fayerweather would take the ball as the Toppers eventually worked their way out of the inning but not before giving up seven more runs and trailing 16-2.

The Toppers’ final run came in the top of the fourth. Joe Obermueller drew a one-out walk and scored on consecutive base hits by Peterson and Peter Hill.

That was the final score of the game that ended after five innings.

“We really struggled,” said Jake Score, Glenwood City’s head coach. “Our starting pitcher went out with a shoulder injury in the first inning and with our starting short stop competing at DECA, we had to ask some guys to play in positions that they are not comfortable with and it made it difficult to compete with a very good Spring Valley team.”

Spring Valley had 13 hits off of Glenwood City pitching. The Toppers collected eight hits with Peterson and Hoitomt going 2-for-3 in the game.

Shell Lake

The Toppers were looking to be back on a winning track when it hosted Shell Lake in Clear Lake in a non-conference game on Friday, April 29.

Unfortunately, the Toppers pitching surrendered 13 hits and 14 runs to spoil a solid offensive effort in which the locals collected 12 hits of their own.

Butthe end result was still a loss, 14-9.

Shell Lake collected four runs in the first inning off GC starter Mitch Hurtgen.

The Toppers got three runs back as Peterson, Nick Schone, Hurtgen ad Hoitomt had hits.

The Lakers scored twice in the second and added five more runs in the third to chase Hurtgen from the game as they went ahead 11-3.

Both teams scored once in the fourth.

Glenwood City scored five times in the fifth. Schone had a two RBI double, Mitch Hurtgen recorded a pair of RBIs when he reached on an error and Marcus Hurtgen had an RBI single.

Shell Lake added a pair of seventh-innings runs for insurance en route to the 14-9 win.

Nick Schone went 3-for-5 with a double, Mitch Hurtgen was 2-for-5 with a double while Spencer Peterson and Marcus Hurtgen each went 2-for-4.

Mitch Hurtgen took the pitching loss giving up 11 runs on eight hits and five walks and two strike outs in three innings of work. Damian Hoitomt surrendered three hits and a walk and run and had  seven strike outs in two innings. Nick Schone finished the final two innings with two hits, two runs, three strike outs and a walk. [/emember_protected]