By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville softball team started the week strong with a ten run win in five innings over the St. Croix Central Panthers on Tuesday, May 6.
However, the Bulldogs turned around and took one on the chin on Friday night after the Pepin/Alma team shut them out.
Then on the rainy Monday night of play, the Bulldogs had a hard fought battle against Mondovi, but the game ended in a one run loss.
Win over SCC
The Panthers’ record dropped to 0-9 after they hosted the Bulldogs and lost 10-0 in five innings last Tuesday night.
Brooklyn Blaser started the game off for the Bulldogs in the batter’s box with a walk and Lexi Peterson followed.
Blaser then scored the Bulldogs’ first and only run in the first inning after Kennedy Hellmann singled to first.
The second inning was fairly quiet with no runs scored on the Panther’s side and the Bulldogs pushed just one run through again, which came from Jenna Beyrer.
It was in the third that the Bulldogs took a commanding lead over the Panthers after they scored four runs against Nicole Nogal who stepped in as relief pitcher for Abby Harrington.
Madysn Riek was the first up to bat and she hit her way to first base. Marki Lagerstrom was then walked followed by Rachal Anderson, Beyrer and Blaser.
The walks and a hit by Peterson were enough to send Riek, Lagerstrom, Anderson and Beyrer home, which gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Maddy Bygd took the lead bat and was walked. Riek followed with a single and so did Lagerstrom.
Riek scored and Lagerstrom was called out, but Anderson was able to score after being walked, which put two additional runs on the Bulldog’s side for an 8-0 lead going into the fifth.
The Bulldogs started off the fifth inning with Kayla Nelson up to bat. She was hit by a pitch and sent to first base and then Bygd followed suit after being walked.
Both batters were the team’s final two runs before the inning ended with the Panthers being shut out.
Riek, Beyrer and Anderson led the team in runs with two each; Beyrer had two RBIs as well. Peterson also had two RBIs and she along with Riek both have the highest batting average for the team with .500.
On the mound, Hellmann was the winning pitcher with zero runs scored against her and zero errors committed. She allowed just one walk and had three hits, but struck out five batters also.
Shut out by Eagles
The Bulldogs were ten-runned by the Pepin/Alma Eagles last Friday while playing at home. The Eagles scored 11 unanswered runs to finish the game in the sixth inning.
The Eagles are one of the top teams in the D-SC this season with just two losses in the conference, which came from Mondovi and Colfax.
Their pitcher, Emily Kircher was fast and consistent with only one hit allowed in the shut out. She walked four Bulldog batters and struck out six.
The Eagles as a team were quick and the arm of catcher Katie Herold posed as a threat as she wasn’t afraid to fire to first, second and third if a runner took a lead off.
The Eagles won the game after scoring two runs in the second, four in the third, two in the fifth and then three final runs in the sixth.
Mondovi Wins by One
Things looked bleak for the Bulldogs after the Buffaloes took a 5-1 lead in the first inning and then they shot ahead 8-1 after the bottom of the third.
Despite the rainy weather and muddy field, the Bulldogs remained positive and they battled through the seven run deficit with two runs scored in the fourth and six in the fifth.
The Bulldogs held a lead of 9-8 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Despite playing at home, the Buffaloes were the home team and they had a fighting chance in the bottom of the inning.
The Buffaloes scored three runs in the fifth to put the score at 11-9. The sixth inning was a wash with no runs scored and then the Bulldogs started the final inning with two runs to tie the game at 11-11.
However, with Buffaloes took advantage of being the home team and they pushed one final run through to win the game 12-11.
Blaser scored the Bulldogs’ first run in the first inning after being walked. The second and third innings were score less and then in the fourth, Blaser scored again and Katie Kegen hit home after being the designated runner for Marki Lagerstrom.
In the fifth, Blaser scored her third run followed by Beyrer, Riek, Peterson, Lagerstrom/Kegen and Rachal Anderson. The two final runs in the seventh were by Peterson and again the duo of Lagerstrom and Kegen.
Blaser led the team in runs with three and she also has four RBIs. Beyrer also had four RBIs as well as one hit and one run.
As a team, the Bulldogs put down their 11 runs on eight hits and there was a total of ten RBIs in 30 at bats.
Hellmann led the team on the mound with five innings pitcher. She threw 51 strikes and had three strikeouts. She allowed nine runs, seven hits and three walks.
Kayla Nelson was her relief in the final inning and a half. She threw a total of 17 pitches and had two walks, one hit and three runs.
On the schedule, the Bulldogs were in Elk Mound on Tuesday (May 13) and next they are scheduled to play in Spring Valley on Thursday.
They are set to play a double-header against Elmwood/Plum City on Monday (May 19) at home starting at 4:30 p.m.