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By Amber Hayden
SPRING VALLEY — It was a tough night for Glenwood City’s baseball team as it was outhit by their Spring Valley counterpart in a Dunn-St. Croix contest played last Tuesday, April 9 on the Cardinals’ home field.
In the game, which had originally been scheduled for Thursday, April 11 but was moved up a few days in order to beat out the incoming snow storm. Spring Valley got on Glenwood City starting pitcher Gavin Janson early, scoring eight of its 11 runs in the second inning and out slugged the visiting Hilltoppers 11 to 4 in the seven-inning game.
“We started the game very flat and not focused,” said Toppers head coach Shane Strong. “I thought our pitchers pitched well throwing strikes and moving the ball around.”
Janson threw the first four innings for the Hilltoppers, surrendering ten hits and seven runs to suffer the loss as Glenwood City fell 11-4 to Spring Valley.
The Cardinals led 9-0 before the Hilltoppers finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third with a single run.
“We committed far too many errors in the first two innings which put us in a hole right away,” explained Strong. “We were able to settle in and play better the rest of the game.”
Glenwood City added a pair of runs in the fifth and their final score in the top of the seventh.
Mitchel Bliese nabbed half of Glenwood City’s runs despite finishing without a hit. He walked twice.
Tanner Davis, who went 1-for-3 at the plate, scored a run as did Janson to account for the Toppers’ scores.
Brady McCarthy went 2-for-4 for Glenwood City with a double. Daniel Loring singled in his three at bats for the Toppers final hit.
Glenwood City managed three stolen bases, one each by Davis, Loring and Bryce Fayerweather.
Fayerweather also relieved Janson on the mound in the fifth and registered four strike outs and three walks along with four hits and a run in his two innings of work.
“I thought Bryce Fayerweather did a nice job of pitching when he came into the game,” Strong stated. “He hasn’t pitched this year, so this was his first time on the mound. Brady McCarthy has been hitting the ball really well and he played good defense as well.”
Spring Valley’s Santana Schlegel pitched four innings to get the victory. He had seven strike outs and four walks and allowed three runs on three hits. Michael Bauer threw the final three frames for the Cardinals.
Glenwood City slipped to 0-2 with the loss while Spring Valley went to 2-0.
When the snow hit the area later in the week, any games that were slated for Thursday and Friday were either postponed or canceled.
Weather permitting, the Toppers returned to the field with a game against the Durand Panthers on Monday evening, April 15, followed by an away game last evening, Tuesday, against Elk Mound. The team will host a Thursday, April 18, game against the E/PC Wolves. Glenwood City will travel to Boyceville next Tuesday, April 23 to play the rival Bulldogs.
All games are subject to change of location or date depending on weather and field conditions.
GLENWOOD CITY 4, SPRING VALLEY 11
Glenwood City….….….……0 0 1 0 2 0 1 – 4
Spring Valley.….….…..…….1 8 0 1 1 0 0 – 11
Glenwood City (4) AB-H-R: Bryce Wickman 2-0-0, Gavin Janson 2-0-1, Tanner Davis 3-1-1, Mitchell Bliese 1-0-2, Brady McCarthy 4-2-0, Daniel Loring 3-1-0, Brandyn Hallquist 1-0-0, Bryce Fayerweather 3-0-0, Cole Logghe 1-0-0, Thomas Moede 1-0-0, Owen Nerby 3-0-0, Drew Olson 2-0-0. Total 26-4-4.
Spring Valley (11) AB-H-R: Carter Deppa 4-2-2, Aaron Borgerding 3-2-1, Michael Bauer 5-2-1, Santana Schlegel 3-1-2, Brady Bednarek 1-1-0, Nolan Stans 5-2-0, Jon Fogarty 2-0-1, Connor Ducklow 3-1-1, Jed Larson 1-0-0, Brayden Wolf 2-0-1, Logan Dicus 1-0-0, Luke Walkky 3-0-2. Total 33-11-11.
Pitching: Spring Valley—Santana Schlegel, 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 7 K, 4 BB; Michael Bauer, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 7 K, 4 BB. Glenwood City—Gavin Janson, 4 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 3 K, 4 BB; Bryce Fayerweather, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K, 3 BB.