Spartans lose to B-W, sting Hilltoppers
Two nights after being stung by Baldwin-Woodville, the Somerset baseball team did some stinging of its own, scoring 26 runs against Glenwood City.
The 26-2 win over the Hilltoppers came last Thursday, two nights after the Spartans had lost to B-W 8-4. In the unsettled Middle Border Conference this season, all five teams can still be a factor in deciding the conference champion.
Going into this Tuesday's game between Somerset and New Richmond, the Tigers held the MBC lead by one game over Somerset and B-W. Ellsworth was two games out, but the Panthers have been playing much better ball recently, including beating Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday.
Somerset coach Damon Barta said the Spartans think they can make a strong run for the MBC title.
"We don't feel we've played our best ball yet," he said.
Somerset will be playing at home in another MBC game this Thursday, making up a postponement against Glenwood City in a 6 p.m. start. Next Monday the Spartans play a non-conference game at Frederic.
The 26-2 win at Glenwood City was a great night for each member of the Spartans to improve their statistics. Every player on the Spartan roster scored a run in the game. Glenwood City tried six pitchers, but none was effective in stopping the Spartan hitters.
John Anderson hit his first varsity homer in Thursday's game and Jake Reuvers also homered. Anderson led the team with five runs batted in and Reuvers drove home three runs. Five other Spartans each chased home two runs.
Reuvers went 4-4 at the plate, and Anderson and Tadd Landry were each 3-4 as the Spartans totalled up 19 hits.
Barta said the Spartans were fired up for this game because Glenwood City had given New Richmond its first conference loss two nights earlier.
Landry did the pitching for the Spartans, quickly working through the Hilltoppers as his offense rolled up big run totals for him.
The Spartans ran into a hot-hitting Baldwin-Woodville team last Tuesday. The Spartans also had a few problems on defense, with five of the eight B-W runs being unearned.
Somerset had scored twice in the first inning, with Shawn Walczak and Tommy Williams scoring the runs.
The Blackhawks got a huge momentum lift in the bottom of the first when Logan Kimberly cracked a two-run homer off Spartan starter Jake Reuvers.
"They built some confidence off that," Barta said of Kimberly's homer. "They hit the heck out of the ball."
B-W then rode the strong pitching of Tommy Thompson, who allowed three hits in the first six innings.
The Spartans got their final two runs against a B-W reliever in the seventh inning. The runs came when Matt Parent homered over the centerfield fence.
This Monday the Spartans played at home, beating Clear Lake 11-2 in a non-conference game. Landry was the winning pitcher. He also hit his first varsity homer, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that made the score 7-2.
Barta said Landry is making himself the leading contender to be the Spartans' number one pitcher next season.
Walczak had a big night at the plate, going 4-5. Landry and Williams each had two hits. Anderson, a freshman, was 3-4 at the plate.
"He's earned a permanent spot in the lineup, he's two good with the bat and the glove to keep out of there," Barta said.