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Bulldog softballers lose pair of one-run games

The Boyceville softball team is quickly tiring of one-run games especially after losing two of its three one-run contests this past week.

After beating rival Glenwood City 7-6 on April 7, the Lady Bulldogs fell in Hammond to St. Croix Central 8-7 on Friday, April 10 and then dropped a 6-5 decision at home against Colfax on Monday, April 13.

After a 3-0 start, Boyceville now finds itself 3-2 and 1-2 in Dunn-St. Croix action.

Playing in Hammond last Friday against the Panthers, the Bulldogs found themselves behind 5-0 after just two inning of play.

Boyceville slowly got its offensive feet under itself, as it scored a pair of runs in the third and another in the fourth before exploding for four in the sixth.

Trailing 8 to 3 after five innings, the Bulldogs plated four runs in the sixth as Rachal Anderson doubled and Brooklynn Blaser singled and the team used three St. Croix Central errors to its advantage.

But Boyceville could not get any closer as they went down in order in the seventh inning to end the game.

Katie Kegen, who suffered the loss, walked five and gave up all six hits and eight runs.

Against Colfax Monday at Pafko Memorial Park, the Boyceville girls surrendered four runs to the Lady Vikes in the top of the first and had to play catch-up all game long.

Boyceville scored two in its half of the first inning and single runs in the second and third to catch Colfax at four runs apiece.

Colfax, however, retook the lead with a run in the fifth only to have Boyceville get the equalizer in the bottom of the sixth.

But in the top of the seventh, the Vikings, who had just four hits to the Bulldogs’ six, pushed a run home and then went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game at 8-7.

Kayla Nelson, who started the game but was not able to record an out, was charged with the loss. She gave up just one hit but all four of the Vikings’ first-inning runs. Katie Kegen came on in relief and pitched seven innings giving up just three hits.