Conference season comes to an end for Bulldogs’ baseball

By Kelsie Hoitomt

BOYCEVILLE — The Bulldogs’ baseball team hosted doubleheaders against St. Croix Central last Friday, May 17 and then again on Monday against Colfax.

Success against SCC

The Bulldogs won both games against SCC by a mere point with an 11-10 and 4-3 finishes.

A six-run inning in the third allowed the Bulldogs to get a five point lead over the Panthers in the first game. They would continue to score runs with one in the fourth, one in the fifth and then three in the seventh for the win.

In the third inning it was Michael Lagerstrom and Jordan Kuhn who each scored on a passed ball, Brett Boda hit an RBI single to score Matt Leach and Nick Wathke, then Hunter Anderson scored after a fielding error and lastly Jason Erickson crossed the plate on an RBI single from AJ Volk.

Scoring in the fourth was Wathke, in the fifth was Jason Erickson and in the final inning it was Boda, Jason Erickson and Jon Erickson.

The Bulldogs were the first on the board in the second game with one run scored and then additional runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Kuhn doubled in the first inning and then scored on a passed ball to start the second game. SCC took a slight lead then with two runs scored for a 2-1 lead.

The Bulldogs tied the ball game in the fourth inning with Wathke advancing home after Boda grounded one to the second baseman.

The final two runs for the Bulldogs crossed home plate after Leach hit an RBI single to score Lagerstrom in the fifth and then Jason Erickson scored on a balk after reaching first base on a single in the sixth.

0-2 vs Colfax

It was a different story to the ball game against the Colfax Vikings on Monday with the Bulldogs taking two to the chin with a 16-6 and 11-3 loss in the doubleheader.

The Vikings had a 5-1 lead going into the fifth inning of the first game before they blew up the batters box with six runs scored in the fifth for an even bigger lead of 11-3. They would finish with two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.

The Bulldogs put runners across home plate in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Kuhn scored in the third on an RBI from Wathke. Leach and Wathke scored in the fifth on RBIs from Jon Erickson and Alex Lovett and then Kuhn was the final run in the sixth on a passed ball.

The bats fizzled out in the second game for the Bulldogs with their three runs coming from Kuhn and Anderson in the third inning and then from Anderson again in the fifth inning after stealing home.

Anderson lead the Bulldogs on the mound with nine innings pitched with 15 runs, 18 hits and six walks allowed with nine strikeouts. Relief pitchers were Jon Erickson and Brett Boda.

The Bulldogs have a break in games now until Friday, May 24 when they will play their Level 1 Regional game against the Colfax Vikings starting at 3:00 p.m. .