By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville softball had a busy last week with four games played in four days including one at home against Glenwood City last Friday, April 11, then an invitational at home on Saturday and lastly one against St. Croix Central on Monday.
Home opener ends in a W
At their home opener on Friday, the Bulldogs dominated the against the Hilltoppers in a 17-7 finish.
The Bulldogs started off sluggish with the Toppers leading 4-0 going into the third inning, but the girls dialed into the pitching of Leslie Ludtke and quickly took a lead of 10-4.
Crossing home plate in the third were Lexi Peterson, Kayla Nelson, Kennedy Hellmann, Maddy Bygd, Madysn Riek, Rachal Anderson (twice), Kendall Wold and Katie Kegen (twice).
Eight of the at-bats were walks in the third inning except for a single by Hellmann and Nelson.
The Bulldogs sealed the deal in the fourth inning with seven additional runs scored, which put the ten-run rule into effect.
Making it home once again were Peterson, Brooklynn Blaser, Nelson, Bygd, Riek, Anderson and Kegen.
The Toppers were unable to score enough runs to keep the game going and the Bulldogs finished with the win after the fifth inning.
Anderson and Kegen led the team in runs with three each, Peterson, Nelson, Bygd and Riek followed with two each and Blaser, Hellmann and Wold each had one.
Invitational at home
Despite the rain on Saturday morning, the Bulldogs strapped on their cleats and played against Cumberland and Cameron and finished 1-1 at their home invitational.
The Bulldogs lost to Cameron by one point in the 10-9 final, but they were victorious against Cumberland by one point of 7-6.
Cumberland had an early lead of 6-2 over the Bulldogs after the second inning. However the Lady Dogs got on the bats and answered back with three runs in the third to close the gap to a one point difference.
They were able to hold Cumberland’s offense to no runs in the third and fourth inning and then in the fifth the Bulldogs scored one more run to tie the game. They closed the deal in the bottom of the seventh with one final run for the win.
Anderson, Hellmann and Bygd each had two RBIs and one run. Riek hit home twice and Nelson and Blaser also scored.
Against Cameron, the Bulldogs were down by six points from the start and then it was 8-0 after the third inning.
The Bulldogs hit a big surge of momentum on their offense in the sixth inning with seven runs scored with Kegen, Hellmann, Bygd, Riek, Wold, Anderson and Jenna Beyrer sliding into home.
This put them down by three points after Cameron scored two additional runs at the bottom of the sixth for a 10-7 score.
The Bulldogs were up first to bat in the seventh and Kegen and Hellmann hit home, but that was it and the team finished just one run shy of a tie and two from a win.
At the plate the Bulldogs out hit Cameron with 35 at bats against their 31 and 14 hits compared to their 12, but the runs were just not in their favor.
Win over SCC
The Bulldogs won their second conference game on Monday over St. Croix Central with a finish of 6-3.
Central actually held the lead after the first inning with the score at 3-2, but the Bulldogs tied things up in the third with a run scored.
SCC would finish out the remainder of the six innings with zero runs scored and the Bulldogs ran away with the win after two runners crossed home in the third and a final one in the fifth.
Nelson had the team high in runs with two and Blaser, Beyrer, Hellmann and Anderson each followed with one.
The Bulldogs finished the night with 22 at bats, six runs, and nine walks.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to play in Colfax on Tuesday. Next they are set to be at home this Thursday (April 17) with a game against Mondovi starting at 5:00 p.m.