NEW RICHMOND — It certainly wasn’t the season debut that the Boyceville baseball team and new head coach Michael Roemhild were looking or hoping for.
The Bulldogs’ youthful inexperience, offensive apprehension and nerves showed against the much larger school from New Richmond.
The Tigers exploited each to whitewash the Bulldogs 21-0 in a five-inning, non-conference contest April 2 on New Richmond’s field.
“I knew there would be mistakes and nerves going into the game,” said Roemhild of the season opening loss.
“Hunter Anderson and James Palmer pitched well,” continued Roemhild. “But as a team we struggled fielding the ball and anticipating where to go with it once we did field it. We can’t have that happening, especially when our pitchers are giving us chances to make plays, and help them out.”
New Richmond scored three times in the first inning and added five more in the third.
But the big blow came in the bottom of the fourth, where the Tigers plated 13 runs en route to a 21-0 win after shutting down the Bulldogs in the top half of the fifth.
And Boyceville was unable to generate much in the way of offense either as New Richmond’s pitcher held the Bulldogs to just one hit, a Tyler Stroo single.
“As far as hitting goes, we were not aggressive at the plate, and New Richmond’s pitcher took advantage of that,” noted Roemhild.
Tigers’ pitching surrendered just a pair of walks and a hit and struck out eight Boyceville batters in 15 plate appearances.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs used four pitchers in as many innings.
Hunter Anderson went three innings, giving up eight runs on the same amount of hits and walked five. James Palmer worked two-thirds of an inning and surrendered three hits and sevens runs. Brett Boda and Luke Knutson also pitched. Boda was charged with six runs, only one of which was earned, and three hits in one-third of an inning’s work.
“This is just one game in the season,” Roemhild concluded. “We will learn from it, grow, and move on to the next game.”
Boyceville was in Cumberland on Tuesday, April 7. It will then host Glenwood City Thursday in the conference and home opener. Then it’s back on the road for a game in Elk Mound on Monday, April 13.