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GC baseball gets second win, then drops pair

The Glenwood City baseball team scored its second win of the season when it dumped Elmwood 16-7 at home Monday, May 2.

But the Hilltoppers could not follow it with a few more victories as it lost 18-1 at home to Durand the following day and 15-5 in Mondovi on Thursday, May 5 and 12-2 to Pepin/Alma in a game played in Alma this past Monday, May 9. No details on the Pepin/Alma contest were available at Tuesday’s press time.

Glenwood City, 2-6 in the small D-SC and 2-11 overall, will host Plum city on Thursday and Spring Valley on Saturday. The Toppers will be in Elmwood next Monday, May 16.

Elmwood

Pete Hill had a career game as he led the Toppers with a four hits and five runs scored in Glenwood City’s 16-7 win over the visiting Elmwood Raiders.

Nick Schone hit two-run homer in the second and Mitch Hurtgen and Damian Hoitomt each had two hits as the Toppers best the Raiders, 12 hits to six.

Hoitomt also pitched a solid game to get the win. He went five innings surrendering four hits and six runs. Nick Schone came on and threw the final two innings.

Glenwood City blew open the game in the fifth inning. Leading 7 to 5 at the time, the Hilltoppers plated seven runs in that inning alone. Hurtgen, Ormson and Hill had RBI hits during the scoring spree.

The Toppers also took advantage of nine Raider errors in the win.

“Our team played fairly well,” said head coach Jake Score. “We had good at bats and played solid defense.”

Durand

Things did not go as well the following day when Glenwood City welcomed large-division leader Durand to town.

The Panthers lit up the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, scoring eight runs on three hits and three walks.

Durand added a run in the second and another seven runs in the third on four hits including a triple and a double.

The Panthers closed out their scoring with single runs in the fourth and fifth frame to take the 18-1 win in five innings.

Durand finished with 11 hits to the Toppers’ four.

Walks also plagued the Toppers’ pitchers as Joel Ormson, who took the loss, and Mitch Hurtgen, who came on in relief, allowed nine walks and hit four batsmen.

Defensively, Glenwood City also committed five errors.

The Toppers’ only run came in the fifth when Joe Obermueller drew a one-out walk and scored on Peter Hill’s single.

GC’s hits went to Hill, Nick Schone, Tanner Davis and Jake Wittmer.

Mondovi

The Hilltoppers found no solace when it played in Mondovi Thursday, May 5.

The Buffaloes pounded out 13 hits compared to just three for the Toppers, who fell 15-5.

Four of Glenwood City’s runs came in the top of the first.

Spencer Peterson and Pete Hill walked to open the game. Nick Schone singled to score Peterson and Mitch Hurtgen reached on an error which allowed Hill to come home.

Damian Hoitomt walked to set the stage for Bryce Fayerweather’s two-RBI double to give the Toppers a 4-0 lead.

Mondovi took two runs back in the bottom half of the first.

Glenwood City added its final run in the second when Joel Ormson walked to open the inning and scored on Nick Schone’s single.

Mondovi knotted the game at five with three runs in the bottom half of the second.

In the third, the Buffaloes scored ten runs as the Toppers pitching surrendered five walks and three hits including a triple.

Nick Schone finished with two of Glenwood City’s three hits.