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Bulldogs lose to Vikings, but recover with win over Hilltoppers

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Boyceville baseball team was on the road last Tuesday, April 22 with a game in Colfax that ended in a Bulldog upset. They redeemed themselves with a win at home over Glenwood City on Friday.

Upset by Colfax 

The game against the Vikings ended in five innings after the Bulldogs fell behind 0-4 in the first inning and then 0-16 in the fourth.

The Bulldogs were three up-three down in the first inning against Logan Mittlestadt who was pitching for the Vikings.

They then had a runner reach second base in the second inning, but they were down and out in three batters once again in the third.

The Bulldogs took to the plate first in the fourth inning and Jordan Kuhn reached third base on an outfielder error. He was left standing there and after four other teammates weren’t able to hit.

The Vikings sealed the deal in the bottom of the fourth after Nate Leibfried started the inning. He would eventually cross home plate followed by 11 other teammates before the Bulldogs got their three outs to end the blow out.

The Bulldogs had a chance to recover at the top of the fifth, but their three hits were caught by Vikings players which ended the game due to the ten-run rule.

“We made costly errors from the start,” said coach Tim Engel. “At the plate we were aggressive and put the ball in play, forcing an experienced Colfax team to make the play, which they did.”

Mittlestadt pitched all five innings with two hits allowed and he had three strikeouts.

The two hits were by Boyceville’s Brett Boda who had a single in the second and a single in the fourth.

For the Bulldogs, freshman James Palmer pitched two innings and allowed two hits, four runs, three walks and had four strikeouts.

Boda followed and pitched a little over an inning and allowed four hits, nine runs, three walks and had three strikeouts.

Then it was Hunter Anderson who pitched just under an inning with one hit, three runs and two walks allowed and one strikeout.

Win at home

The Bulldogs redeemed themselves after their loss to the Vikings with a win at home over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers last Friday, April 25.

The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead over the Toppers in the bottom of the second inning after Tyler Stroo, Maxwell Engel, Sam Hellmann and Palmer scored on pitching errors.

Nick Wathke knocked a double to center field, which scored Kuhn. Then Anderson hit a double to right-center for the RBI that brought Wathke home.

With Anderson on second, Stroo stepped up to bat for the second time in the inning. He was walked for a second time, which prompted the Toppers to put in a relief pitcher to end the inning.

At the top of the third the Toppers scored their first two runs and the Bulldogs answered back with three of their own by Micadin Kahl, Hellmann and Kuhn.

The Bulldogs went scoreless in the following two innings however, which allowed the Toppers to close the score gap to 9-7 after they hit one run home in the fourth and four in the fifth.

The Bulldogs sealed the deal on the win after scoring two final runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Boda started the sixth inning with a single to center field. He reached home on a passed ball and then eventually Palmer hit home for the second and final run for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to be back at conference play on Tuesday (April 29) if the weather allowed with a game at home against Pepin/Alma.

The schedule then has them not playing until Saturday, May 3 against Mondovi with the game at the University of Minnesota Sibert Field at 11:00 a.m.