Although the Glenwood City baseball team won its first game in two weeks last Monday when it eeked out a 7-6 win in Elmwood, the Toppers aren’t exactly heading in the right direction for the forthcoming WIAA playoffs.
After its one-run win against the Raiders on May 16, Glenwood City was shelled by both Colfax and Boyceville to conclude the regular season.
The Toppers, losers of seven of their last eight games, were blanked 10-0 by a Colfax team that had won just one game coming into last Thursday’s contest and then were chewed up at home this past Monday, May 23 by Boyceville, 14-4 (see related story).
The Toppers will have to find a way to turn things around and in a hurry as they travel to Boyceville Thursday to face the Bulldogs for the second this week, this time in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 baseball regionals.
The Toppers finished the regular season 3-15 and were 3-10 in the small Dunn-St. Croix, good for fourth place in the five-team league.
A big first inning helped propel the Hilltoppers to the season sweep of Elmwood as it held off a late rally by the hosts to take a 7-6 win.
Two of the Toppers three victories have come against the Raiders.
Glenwood City plated five runs in the first inning.
Spencer Peterson singled, Peter Hill reached on an error and Nick Schone walked to load the bases. Damian Hoitomt had an RBI single to score Peterson. Mitch Hurtgen reached on an error to bring Hill in with a second run. Marcus Hurtgen followed with a single to score Schone. Hoitomt and Mitch Hurtgen scored on Joel Ormson’s two-RBI single.
“We had a great first inning,” said Glenwood City head coach Jake Score. “But then we relaxed at the plate. I was pleased to get the win but we stranded a lot of runners.”
Elmwood scored a run in the bottom of the third. The Toppers took it back in the fourth only to have the Raiders plate two more in the bottom half of the frame to cut the Toppers’ lead to 6-3.
After a scoreless fifth, Peter Hill reached on a fielder’s choice in the sixth and scored to put Glenwood City ahead 7-3.
But the Raiders rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Highlighted by Tyce Todd’s two-run dinger, Elmwood scored three times to close the gap to a single run. But the Toppers were able to get out of the inning and hold on for the 7-6 win in seven.
Elmwood actually outhit the Toppers 12 to nine. Spencer Peterson finished with two hits while seven other Toppers each had a hit.
Jole Ormson took the pitching win as he started and went four innings.
Three days later in Colfax, Glenwood City looked unprepared to battle the Vikings.
As a result, Colfax whitewashed Glenwood City 10-0 as it picked up just its second win of the season.
“We were not mentally ready and they capitalized,” said Score.
“They were ready to play and hit the ball and were quick to field it, we weren’t,” added the Toppers’ coach.
Colfax, who outhit the Toppers 11 to four, scored three runs in the first and another in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
The Vikings added deuces in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the latter two sealed the 10-run victory.
Nick Schone had two of Glenwood City’s hits. Peterson and Hoitomt had the other two.
Joel Ormson suffered the loss as he started and went three innings before giving way to Nick Schone for an inning. Hoitomt finished the final two innings.
(Only the score of this game was made available for last week’s addition, so the details are being included this week.)
Spring Valley used a pair doubles and walks to score four, first-inning runs when they visited Glenwood City Saturday, May 14 for a make-up game.
The Cardinals, who held only a three-hit advantage over the Toppers (8 to 5), hit five doubles in the game to carry them to the 7-3 win.
Spring Valley tallied two more runs for a 6-0 lead in the top of the third.
Glenwood City finally scored in the bottom half when Peter Hill reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Damian Hoitomt’s hit.
Spring Valley added a seventh run in the fourth when it opened with back-to-back doubles and a single.
Glenwood City scored another run in the bottom of the fourth. Bryce Fayerweather walked and scored on Nick Schone’s single.
The final Toppers run came in the fifth. Mitch Hurtgen was hit by a pitch and came around to score on Fayerweather’s RBI single.
Schone led the offense with a pair of singles.
Ormson took the loss after surrendering four runs in the opening frame.