Lady Bulldogs lose Regionals to Vikings
By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE — The Bulldogs’ softball team hosted the Colfax Vikings for the Level 1 Regional game last Wednesday, May 22 and lost by three points on a 5-2 final. They played a makeup game from earlier in the season against St. Croix Central on Thursday.
It was a tough loss for the Bulldogs in the Regional run after taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, but then they ran dry in the batters box in the final two innings of the game.
The Vikings went three innings without generating any runs against the Bulldogs, but they fired up in the sixth to put two runners across the plate and then two more in the seventh for the win.
Both teams were lackluster on hitting with the Bulldogs connecting with the ball five times and the Vikings with just six hits. This was in part to the pitching of Kennedy Hellmann who had seven strikeouts and the Vikings’ Alexis Rudi had five.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth on a double from Brandi Curvello and another run by Rachal Anderson on RBIs from Katie Kegen and Alexa Peterson. Hellmann and Kysa Franseen had the other hits for the team.
“I would like to thank all the players for their hard work and dedication they put into this season. They did a great job staying patient with the weather and made the most out of what we had to work with in preparing and improving in the gym. We have a great group returning and I look forward to working with them this summer,” expressed coach Jamie Olson.
D-H vs SCC
The Bulldogs finished their 2013 softball season 1-1 against SCC on Thursday with the first game going to the Panthers (3-1) and the second game ending in the Bulldogs’ favor (9-5).
Hellmann did well on the mound in the first game despite the Bulldogs’ loss. She allowed those three runs on just three hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
The Bulldogs were able to connect on five hits, but were unable to string any of them together to score the runs needed for the win.
Peterson had the run for the team after the RBI from Hellmann in the third inning. The other hits came from Anderson, Franseen and Kendall Wold.
The second game was much improved for the Lady Dogs with nine runs scored from just four hits with three in the first inning, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Franseen hit a double and scored one run for the team. Peterson had the most runs with two and Blaser, Kennedy Hellmann, Curvello, Kegen, Abbie Hayes and Peyton Hellmann each crossed home plate once for the victory.
Franseen and Curvello both assisted in the runs with two RBIs each. Kennedy Hellmann and Anderson had one RBI each as well.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with a .500 average this season after going 8-8 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
“I was happy with the outcome of our conference play going 8-8 and placing fourth behind three state ranked teams. Congratulations to Franseen on earning 2nd Team All-Conference and Kennedy Hellmann with All-Conference Honors,” said Olson.