DSC baseball roundup: Glaus shuts out Hilltoppers
PLUM CITY -- Senior Ben Glaus threw a 79-pitch shutout for the Blue Devils in their 10-0 victory over Glenwood City on Friday, April 28.
Glaus only gave up four hits and struck out three batters.
Glaus was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Anthony Ebensperger had a double and drew three walks. The senior scored four runs.
Plum City drew a total of 11 walks.
Clear Lake 12, Spring Valley 3
The Cardinals learned that the difference between a win and a loss can depend upon the day.
A day earlier everything worked and Spring Valley earned an 11-1 victory over Pepin/Alma.
One day later, the Cardinals suffered a loss to Clear Lake in Dunn-St. Croix prep baseball on Friday, April 28.
Spring Valley gave up a four-run fourth inning to fall behind 5-0 before responding in the bottom of the fifth inning with three runs of their own.
Brett Fogarty had a single with two outs to drive in two runs.
“I was just swinging at strikes right away and not waiting,” Fogarty said. “That’s something we need to work on. We need to be attack early (in games and in at bats).”
Senior Dylan Bune was 3-for-4 with a run scored.
In the top of the sixth inning, though, the senior Patrick Cipriano came on in relief of Sean Borgerding and gave up a six-run inning.
“He came in without getting a real long time to warm up,” SV head coach Brad Baker said. “But that’s something that he’ll learn from. Sometimes you have to mentally bear down and get mentally tough to see what we can get done.”
The senior pitcher usually relies on good command and a mix of off-speed pitches to keep hitters at bay.
“He wasn’t himself today,” Baker said. “He left too many pitches over the plate.”
Cipriano’s uncharacteristic day was representative of the day that the Cardinals had as a whole.
The Cardinals committed three errors and Baker said if they cut down on the uncharacteristic mistakes, the results would be different.
As evidence, Baker pointed out the four-run fourth inning with Borgerding on the mound.
Baker said, “Look at their big inning: they hit a grand slam after two walks and an error. None of those runs really should have scored.”
Hunter Lysne hit the grand slam to left-center field that hit off of the side of the press box used for football games.
Now the Cardinals move on keeping in mind that in the next game the errors could be in their favor.
“If we play like we did yesterday (against Pepin/Alma) we’ll be fine,” Baker said. “If we play like we did today, well, it won’t be so good.”