By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville Bulldogs’ baseball team went 0-2 on the week after being able to host their first games of the season. They played Cumberland on Tuesday, April 15 and lost 9-0 and then were beat by Elk Mound 13-3 on Thursday.
Shut out at home
The Bulldogs’ first game of the season did not end well offensively as they scored zero runs against the Cumberland Beavers in the 9-0 finish.
However, coach Tim Engel shared that despite the loss, the team played a near flawless defensive game with just one error against the fourth ranked Cumberland team.
“Our defense was led by junior Brett Boda at third and freshman Maxwell Engel at short, who had four assists and one put out in his first varsity game. James Palmer, another freshman, played well in centerfield with three put outs,” explained coach Tim Engel.
The game ended with the Beavers scoring two runs in the first, one in the second and third each, two in the fourth and three in the sixth with no runs scored in the seventh.
Conference loss to EM
The Bulldogs played their first Dunn-St. Croix Large Conference game on Thursday, which looked positive until the fourth inning when the Mounders scored eight runs and ran away with the win.
The Bulldogs did score first however with three runners crossing home plate in the bottom of the third inning.
Andrew Marshall walked and then Jordan Kuhn followed with a walk as well to put two runners on. Then Palmer took to the plate and hit a single to left field, which loaded the bases.
Big hitter, Nick Wathke stepped up and didn’t disappoint as he knocked one to the outfield, which brought Marshal and Kuhn across home plate.
With Wathke on second base and Palmer at third, Hunter Anderson grounded out at first base, but Palmer scored, which gave the Bulldogs their three runs.
After that the Mounders scored their eight runs in the fourth, then three in the fifth and one in the sixth and seventh to end the game.
“For the first four innings our young team played very well, led by strong plays by third baseman Brett Boda and shortstop Max Engel,” said coach Engel. “Our inexperience showed as we committed a couple of errors, which gave an offensively talented Elk Mound team an opening. We were never able to recover from their big inning, but it was not because of lack of heart or effort.”
The Bulldogs were back on the field Tuesday night with a game in Colfax. They will be at home again on Thursday (April 24) to host the St. Croix Central Panthers at 5:00 p.m.