By Missy Klatt
GLENWOOD CITY – It was a rainy night when the Bulldogs came to Glenwood to take on the Hilltoppers at the baseball diamond. Although the rain let up, it was a soggy night. If you were on the winning end of the game as Boyceville was, rain is tolerable. If you were on the losing end as Glenwood was, it just reinforces the way the season has been going.
The Toppers were actually the first to get on the board with a run in the first thanks in part to back to back singles from Marcus Hurtgen and Hadin DeSmith. However the Bulldogs took advantage of the Toppers as they scored five runs in the second. Luke Knudtson started the inning with a double. Walker Retz and Cooper Boesl were then walked to load the bases. Knudtson then scored on a Hilltopper error. Thanks mainly to several more walks the Bulldogs, crossed the plate four more times before the inning ended.
The Hilltoppers had runners in scoring position in the second inning but couldn’t bring them home. In the top of the third the Bulldogs added two more runs when Retz and Trevor Hollister crossed the plate after initially being walked and hit by a pitch, respectively. The Toppers came up empty in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Glenwood only had to face four batters and they were soon up to bat again. With one out Gavin Janson was walked. He then stole second and advanced to third when Brad Kessler was thrown out at first. He then scored on a passed ball. Unfortunately for the Toppers this was their only run of the inning. So after four the Bulldogs were leading 7-2.
The Hilltopper pitching continued to struggle as the Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth with only one hit (from Trett Joles). The Toppers then went three and out in the bottom half of the inning.
Two more runs in the top of the sixth increased the Bulldog lead, with the score now 12-2. The boys from Glenwood kept the game alive when Carson Strong singled and later scored. Unfortunately there was no stopping the hungry Dawgs as they added four runs in the seventh. The Toppers could only muster one more run in the bottom of the seventh, leaving runners stranded as the inning and game came to an end. Final score Bulldogs 16, Toppers 4.
After the game, Hilltopper coach, Shane Strong started out on a positive note saying “We hit the ball really well in this game.” He goes on by giving credit to Boyceville stating “they played very good defense and we left too many runners on base.” Strong also remarked on the pitching of the two teams saying; “We did not pitch well in this game. We walked too many kids and committed too many errors. You cannot do that against a good team. Boyceville pitched well and played solid defense.”
Bulldog coach, Michael Roemhild commented; “We didn’t have very many hits tonight, but we ran the bases well to put us in good scoring position. Our aggression on the bases forced their pitchers and catcher into some uncomfortable spots. I thought our hitters took a more patient approach tonight. They knew the elements would be a factor so we were only going to swing at pitches in our zone. If they weren’t, then we would take our free base and let our guys run.”
Defensively he admits to having a few errors but continues “Other than that I thought we made some great plays.”
BOYCEVILLE 16, GLENWOOD CITY 4
Boyceville………………….0 5 2 0 3 2 4 – 16
Glenwood City….……….1 0 0 1 0 1 1 – 4
BOY (AB-R-H): Boda 4-0-0, Hollister 3-3-0, Reismer 0-0-0, Sempf 1-1-1, Gonzales 2-1-0, Retz 2-4-1, Boesl 4-3-1, G. Joles 4-0-1, Knudtson 3-2-1, Holden 1-0-1,T. Joles 4-2-1.
GC (AB-R-H): Strong 2-1-1, Janson 2-1-2, DeSmith 4-0-1, Kessler 2-0-1, Nadeau 2-0-1, Loring 1-0-0, Hill 1-0-0, Davis 4-1-2, Kopacz 4-0-2, Hurtgen 4-1-2, Fayerweather 4-0-0.
BOY Pitchers: Connor Sempf (W) 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. Brady Nye 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
GC Pitchers: Jake Kopacz (L) 2 IP, 1 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 2 SO. Gavin Janson 3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. Hadin DeSmith 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. Tanner Davis 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.