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By Amber Hayden
ALMA — The Hilltoppers took on the Mondovi Buffaloes and the Pepin/Alma Eagles this past week and failed to close innings in the two losses.
The Buffaloes were able to trample the Toppers in the Thursday evening, April 25, game at home as they took a win over Glenwood City by a score of 11-1.
Friday evening, April 26, the Toppers made their way to Alma to take on the Eagles with hopes of bouncing back from the previous evening’s outing. The struggles of sore arms and young players in key positions was less than favorable for the Toppers in the 4-10 loss.
Glenwood City traveled to Clayton/Turtle Lake on Monday evening, April 29, and will take a couple days rest before returning to the field on May 2 against Spring Valley. The Toppers will host Colfax on May 3 in a double header followed by a game on May 6 against Durand.
“We need to close innings out if we want to play with good teams,” said head coach Shane Strong. “To their credit they hit the ball really well.”
At the time of publication there were no stats provided for this game only the score which was 1-11 in favor of Mondovi.
It was a better night hitting wise for the Topper men as they traveled to Alma to take on the Pepin/Alma Eagles, but with ten hits Glenwood City was able to score only four runs in the 4-10 loss.
“We are struggling with pitching right now with some sore arms,” said coach Strong. “This has forced us to pitch some kids with less experience at the varsity level.”
Tanner Davis was on the mound for five innings against the Eagles and unfortunately gave up five earned runs and six walks, however Davis did help when up to bat as he went three-of-four.
Scoring for the Toppers were teammates Bryce Wickman and Gavin Janson with a run a piece, Wickman had two hits against the Eagles and Janson had one.
Also scoring for Glenwood City was Hadin DeSmith and Brady McCarthy each with one run and one hit.
DeSmith took the loss for the Toppers after giving up five earned runs and striking out two Eagles’ batters.
“We are really young at quite a few positions,” Strong explained. “So there is a learning curve right now from Babe Ruth to varsity.”
GLENWOOD CITY 4, PEPIN/ALMA 10
Glenwood City.….……0 0 0 0 0 0 4– 4
Pepin/Alma.….….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 10– 10
Glenwood City (4) AB-H-R: Bryce Wickman 3-2-1, Gavin Janson 4-1-1, Hadin DeSmith 3-1-1, Brady McCarthy 4-1-1, Daniel Loring 3-0-0, Owen Nerby 1-0-0, Tanner Davis 4-3-0, Bryce Fayerweather 4-1-0, Cole Logghe 1-0-0, Brandyn Hallquist 4-1-0. Total 31-10-4.
Pepin/Alma (10) AB-H-R: Jordan Pearson 3-1-0, Lane Wieczorek 4-1-1, Dawson Alme 3-1-1, Roman Engstrand 4-2-4, Tyler Hanson 2-1-0, Aleck Lehnartz 1-0-0, Ethan Brecka 4-2-0, Thomas Milton 4-2-2, Sam Erickson 3-1-1, Colton Brecka 1-0-1, Bryce Quinton 1-0-0. Total 30-11-10.
Pitching: Glenwood City— Gavin Janson 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Hadin DeSmith 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 5 R (5 earned), Tanner Davis 5 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 6 BB, 5 R (5 earned); Pepin/Alma— Jorden Pearson 6 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 4 R (1 earned), Roman Engstrand 1 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 R.