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Bulldog baseballers take three to the chin by Panthers, Buffaloes and Vikings

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Boyceville baseball team spent the week in conference play as they were in St. Croix Central last Tuesday, May 20 and then in Mondovi on Thursday before finishing up the week at home on Friday against Colfax.

Central wins by 4

Despite losing 9-5 to the Panthers, the Bulldogs still played a flawless game.

“We played error-free ball for the first time and found out that when you don’t give extra outs, you stay in the game,” said coach Tim Engel of the game. “We put the ball in play at the plate and only had one strikeout. We played hard to the last out.”

James Palmer and Hunter Anderson scored for the Bulldogs in the first inning, which gave the team a 2-1 lead to start the game.

The Panthers put another run across home plate in the second inning to tie the contest at 2. They then quickly changed the course of the game in the third after five runs scored for a 7-2 lead.

The Bulldogs had five straight innings of no runs scored, which allowed the Panthers to maintain their lead and increase it by two in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bulldogs scored the final runs of the game at the top of the seventh with three by Max Engel, Andrew Marshall and Alex Lovett. They were helped home on an RBI single from Palmer and a sacrifice fly by Anderson.

As a team there were four RBIs; Palmer had two and Anderson and Kuhn each had one.

Jordan Kuhn led the team on the pitching mound with four innings pitched. He had the nine runs against him and five walks.

Brett Boda was his relief for the two final innings and he had one hit against him, two walks and then one strikeout.

Buffaloes stampede Bulldogs 

The game in Mondovi against the Buffaloes got off to quite the rough start as they were down 13-0 after the third inning.

The Buffaloes posted four runs in the first, five in the second and an additional four in the third before they dried up and went scoreless in the fourth and fifth.

The Bulldogs were able to stop their hits and put some scores on the board themselves in the fourth inning.

Three more hit home plate in the fifth inning, which put the score at 13-5, before the Buffaloes sealed the deal in the sixth with two final runs.

Scoring for the Bulldogs was Anderson twice and Nick Wathke, Marshall and Boda each once. Anderson and Kuhn both had two RBIs in the game and Boda hit one as well.

Vikings win again

The Bulldogs hosted the Colfax Vikings last Friday, May 23 and lost by one point of 5-4 after a run scored in the seventh inning.

“We lost a heartbreaking game to a very good Colfax team,” said coach Tim Engel of the game. “We played very good defense and at the plate we put the ball in play and ran the bases well. Unfortunately for us, they managed to make one more play than we did.”

The game was a wash for the first two innings and then Andrew Marshall and Palmer crossed home plate in the third to put the first runs on the board, which gave the Bulldogs a lead of 2-0.

Nick Wathke hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which put Marshall at home and Palmer to third. Palmer then scooted home on a passed ball.

At the same time the Bulldogs’ bats were heating up, the Vikings were as well. They shot three runners home in the top of the fourth for a one point of 3-2.

The game went back and forth as the Bulldogs went scoreless in the fourth, but put two across in the fifth. They held the Vikings to zero runs in the fifth as well, which allowed them to have their final lead of the game.

Wathke was walked in the fifth and then advanced to home while Max Engel was up to bat. Brett Boda was the other final score for the Bulldogs and he advanced on a passed ball while Micadin Kahl was in the batter’s box.

The Vikings plugged away to victory after one run was scored in the sixth, which tied the game and then the final run by Ethan Kiekhafter won the game.

The Bulldogs were off Monday and then they hit the road to Cadott for a game on Tuesday (May 27). They are then scheduled to play Clayton at home on Thursday, May 29.

The Regional schedule has been set as well for the first round. The Bulldogs got the fifth seed and will face off against the fourth seed, which is Colfax. The game will be played in Colfax on Tuesday, June 3 on 5:00 p.m.