BOYCEVILLE — After finishing with just one win last season, the Boyceville Baseball team has put a priority on securing more victories during the 2015 campaign.
Despite a 21-0 setback in the season opener last Thursday against New Richmond, new head coach Michael Roemhild is confident his squad can achieve that – one game at a time.
“Statistically, the only goal that the team is concerned about is winning,” said Roemhild, who took the reigns from Tim Engel.
“We only won one game last year and are looking to improve on that record. We plan on taking it one game at a time and trying to be competitive each game.”
But Roemhild also wants his small band of brothers to “go out each day to learn something new and enjoy the game of baseball!”
Although the Bulldogs lost just two seniors – Nick Wathke and Jordan Kuhn – from last year’s squad that finished 1-15 overall, both left some big holes to fill.
Nick Wathke played first base and was the team’s leading hitter in 2014.
Kuhn took on the majority of the pitching duties last year, throwing 52 innings – the next closest was 18 innings.
To help ease the transition this year, Roemhild has three returning senior letterwinners – Brett Boda, Alex Lovett and Tyler Stroo. That senior trio will be joined by three other letterwinners, lone junior Hunter Anderson and sophomores James Palmer and Micadin Kahl.
That core half dozen will be look to for leadership and tangible results in every game.
Roemhild will also need the contributions of his nine freshmen players which includes Bryce Boda, Garrett Joles, Cody Frederick, Kyle Holden, Cooper Boesl, Luke Knudtson, Justin Malean, Noah Novotney, and Emmett Kapsner.
“All of them (freshmen) are competing for a varsity spot and will contribute one way or another,” said Roemhild.
In addition, the coach expects the team’s fourth senior, Damion Bicknell, to push for a starting spot.
“I think that we have guys out for the team that are hungry to win and will leave it all on the field,” said Roemhild as a perceived strength of the team.
“We have six guys that have been pitching well at practice and the kids all get along,” said Roemhild.
These added attributes may help the Bulldogs climb the Large Dunn-St. Croix standings this season.
In order to do that, Roemhild feels that Boyceville will have to compete with front runners Mondovi, Elk Mound and Colfax.
“Mondovi made it to state last year and will be hungry to get back again this year,” said Roemhild.
“Elk Mound and Colfax have always had strong programs and good athletes.”
The Bulldogs played in Cumberland yesterday (Tuesday, April 7) and will host Glenwood City tomorrow (April 9) for the home opener. They will be in Elk Mound on Monday, April 13.
Boyceville Baseball Roster
Seniors: Alex Lovett, Tyler Stroo, Brett Boda, Damion Bicknell
Junior: Hunter Anderson.
Sophomores: James Palmer, Micadin Kahl, Jerod Nelson.
Freshmen: Bryce Boda, Garret Joles, Cody Frederick, Kyle Holden, Cooper Boesl, Luke Knudtson, Justin Malean, Noah Novotney, Emmett Kapsner.