SPRING VALLEY, WI -With a pair of games against conference foes under their belt last week the Spring Valley baseball team has put themselves in first place by not allowing a single run.
Sean Borgerding, Patrick Cipriano and Brock Bune all pitched shutout innings in a pair of wins last week and the offense managed to 10-run both opponents.
Spring Valley 13, Plum City 0
The Cardinals and Blue Devils battled through seven innings, with rain and sleet on the horizon.
Valley plated a pair of runs in the first inning when Dylan Bune led off with a walk and Sean Borgerding followed up with another walk. Bune would score on a sacrifice by Sam Verges and Brett Fogarty brought Borgerding home on an error for an early 2-0 lead.
In the third inning Verges led off with a walk and scored when Fogarty laced a double. Fogarty would score on a sacrifice to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead through four innings.
Seth Schlegel singled to open the fourth inning, and scored on a fielder's’ choice to put Valley up 5-0.
Fogarty would score again in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice by Cipriano, who had taken over pitching duties for starter Brock Bune in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cipriano closed out the game for the Cardinals, who scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning on three doubles, two hit batters, one walk, one single and two defensive errors to give Valley a 13-0 final margin.
Bune got the win going 3 ? innings on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Cipriano pitched 3 ? innings giving up no hits and one walk while striking out three.
The Cardinals collected their runs on seven hits and 12 walks while also capitalizing on four Plum City errors on the night. Schlegel led the Cardinals with a pair of hits, including a double. The Cardinals had four doubles on the night. Verges and Fogarty had three and two RBI’s respectively as well. The Cardinals had four strikeouts in the game.
The Devils were led, offensively, by Anthony Ebensperger, who had one of their three hits go for a double. Wyatt Holt took the loss for Plum City, surrendering six runs, four earned, on three hits and seven walks while striking out four over five innings of work.
Spring Valley 11, Colfax 0
Borgerding pitched five shutout innings for the Cardinals, who plated their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Cardinals struggled early putting hits together, but managed to plate one run in the bottom of the second inning when Fogarty walked, stole second and third and came home on a sacrifice fly by Brock Bune.
The Cardinals got some insurance for Borgerding, who was pitching quite well, in the bottom of the fourth inning when Fogarty led off with a single and scored on Bune’s double. After singles by Jaydon Nyeggen and Cipriano loaded the bases, Bune scored on a single by Schlegel to make it 3-0. Nyeggen crossed the plate when Levi Sands walked. Cipriano scored on a sacrifice by Borgerding to make it 5-0 before the final out of the fourth inning.
Fogarty again led off the fifth by getting on base, this time by walking. Bune scored and when Cipriano walked the bases were loaded again. Schlegel walked after a run scored on a balk, plating Fogarty to make it 6-0 and Sands brought Bune home on a fielders choice where everyone was safe to make it 7-0.
Dylan Bune smacked a double to score Cipriano and Walkky (running for Schlegel) to make it 9-0 and a two-out double by Verges closed the game with a pair of runs.
Borgerding got the win going five innings and throwing 67 pitches giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out seven.
Brock Bune led the offense going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI’s to lead the Cardinals.
Nate Polden took the loss for the Vikings with four innings of work on 96 pitches. He surrendered five runs, all earned, on six hits and four walks. Tyler Snyder had the lone hit for the Vikings in the fourth inning.
The Cardinals hosted Prairie Farm this past Tuesday to replace a game with Elmwood. Elmwood did not have enough players to field a team this year. The Cardinals are also hosting Plum City on today and playing at Glenwood City tomorrow in a pair of conference games. Next week the Cardinals will host Elk Mound on Monday, April 24, and play at Pepin/Alma on Thursday, April 27 before another non-conference tilt with Clear Lake on April 28 at home.
Currently, the Cardinals are in first place in the D-SC Small division with a 2-0 conference mark, 3-1 overall.