By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville baseball team took one on the chin last Friday after being shut out at home by the Pepin/Alma Eagles in the 12-0 final.
They came close to beating Plum City on Monday night, but the nail-biter ended in a one run loss of 9-8.
Shut out at home
The Eagles were ranked second in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 3-1 record. The loss then dropped the Bulldogs down to 1-3.
The fast ball of Eagles’ pitcher, Sam Mueller was the weapon of choice, which was extremely effective as the Bulldogs were out in five innings due to the ten-run rule.
Mueller was the “winning” pitcher as he had five strikeouts against the Bulldogs and allowed just one hit and one walk.
Boyceville’s Jordan Kuhn pitched three innings for the team and he had four hits and six runs against him as well as one walk, but three strikeouts.
Hunter Anderson finished out the game with two innings completed. He had three walks and allowed six runs as well.
The Eagles earned the win after scoring two runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the third and three in both the fourth and fifth.
Heartbreaker in PC
The Bulldogs showed a great deal of determination in their game Monday night in Plum City after they started off down 4-1 and bounced back with seven unanswered runs for an 8-4 lead going into the sixth inning.
However, the momentum on their bench seemed to fade away after their run streak and the Blue Devils took advantage of that as they scored one run in the sixth and then four in the seventh to take the win of 9-8.
Anderson scored the first run for the Bulldogs after singling in the first inning. In the third, James Palmer was walked and eventually hit home. Nick Wathke also scored with the help of Brett Boda who hit a double.
In the fourth, Kuhn and Tyler Stroo each scored and they again hit home in the fifth inning along with Wathke for the Bulldogs final runs of the game.
Boda, Max Engel, Stroo, Micadin Kahl and Alex Lovett each had an RBI for the team and Wathke, Kuhn and Stroo led the team in runs with two each.
“Our young team learned a hard lesson about finishing all seven innings strong. I am proud of the way the boys played, this is just another step a young team has to take, no matter how disappointing it is,” explained coach Tim Engel.
The boys also played a conference game last Saturday (May 3) against Mondovi at the University of Minnesota field. Those stats will be available at a later date.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday, May 8 with an away game in Colfax. They will turn around and play at home on Friday against St. Croix Central with both contests starting at 5:00 p.m.