A second win continued to elude the collective grasp of the Boyceville baseball team.
Since a one-run victory over rival Glenwood City in the conference opener April 9, Boyceville’s first win of the 2015 season, the Bulldogs have lost four straight games.
In baseball diamond action over the past week, Boyceville lost three conference games to large D-SC foes and dropped a fourth contest in a non-conference tilt.
Boyceville’s four-game slide began with an 8-0 loss at Elk Mound a week ago Monday, April 13. Three days later on April 16, the Bulldogs lost a 3-2 lead and the game after Colfax rallied for five, fifth inning runs and an eventual 8-3 road victory. The next evening, Eau Claire Immanuel defeated the Bulldogs, 12-5, in a nonconference game played at Carson Park in Eau Claire. St. Croix Central dealt the Bulldogs a 4-1 defeat this Monday, April 20.
Lose to SCC
Another road trip and another loss.
Boyceville fell short in a close game against St. Croix Central in Hammond Monday, April 20.
The Bulldogs lost 4-1 to the Panthers for its fifth straight road defeat in as many games.
“It was a frustrating game,” stated Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild.
“We played one of our better games, only giving up two earned runs,” added Roemhild. “But you can’t win games when you commit five errors.”
While that seems high, Roemhild noted that it is less than in the Bulldogs’ previous game but still way too many to get a win.
Boyceville’s offense was as cold as the cloudy spring day as the squad finished with just three hits.
The coach did praise his two game pitchers – James Palmer and Brett Boda – who surrendered a combined seven hits and two earned runs against a Panthers’ team that scored 15 runs against Mondovi and 14 on Colfax.
St. Croix Central scored first when it plated a run in the bottom half of the first inning off a hit and a Bulldogs’ error.
Boyceville scored the equalizer in the top of the third. Micadin Kahl reached on a one-out single and scored two batters later when Hunter Anderson hit a single.
But the contest did not stay tied for long.
The Panthers regained the lead, this time for good, with a run in its half of the third. Again, a Central hit and a Bulldogs’ error led to the score.
St. Croix Central would add single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and go on to take a 4-1 win.
A Panthers’ runner reached on an error in the fifth, advanced with a stolen base and scored a run on a second Bulldogs’ error.
Central’s final score came via a leadoff hit which was followed by a run scoring double.
James Palmer took the loss, going four innings and surrendering just five hits, two runs (one earned) and a strikeout and no walks. Brett Boda went two inning with two strikeouts and a pair of hits and runs.
Central’s Brett Eckman went all seven innings to get the win.
Tyler Stroo had Boyceville’s third hit.
Immanuel lances Bulldogs
Eau Claire Immanuel scored four runs in two different innings to lift the Lancers to a 12-5 over the Bulldogs Friday evening, April 17 at Carson Park in Eau Claire.
Trailing 6-1 after four innings of action, the Bulldogs’ offense came to life and scored four runs of its own to close the gap to a single run.
Consecutive hits by Tyler Stroo and Hunter Anderson got the Boyceville fifth off to a quick start.
Brett Boda walked to load the bases.
After Palmer struckout, Alex Lovett reached base to score Stroo.
Anderson scored on a wild pitch, Boda then scored on a Lancer error and Lovett came in to score when the catcher let a third strike get behind him.
Unfortunately, Immanuel got all four runs back in the bottom half of the inning and added another in the sixth for the 12-5 final.
Hunter Anderson, James Palmer, Tyler Stroo and Micadin Kahl all had good nights at the plate with two hits each. Kahl also played well behind the plate throwing out a pair of runners.
Anderson, who went an inning and a third on the mound, took the loss after giving up four runs on an equal number of hits. Stroo pitched two innings of ball and Brett Boda went for 2 and two-thirds innings.
Just when it appeared that Boyceville had its second conference win in site, disaster struck.
The Bulldogs held a slim 3-2 advantage after four complete innings in last Thursday’s (April 16) home game against Colfax.
But the Vikings’ bats came alive in the fifth inning and the visitors tagged Bulldogs’ reliever Hunter Anderson for five runs on five hits including a pair of home runs.
That offensive outburst propelled the Vikings to a 8-3 win over the Bulldogs at Evenson Field.
Micadin Kahl gave Boyceville an early 1-0 lead when he walked and scored on a Brett Boda single in the first inning.
Colfax scored twice in the second to take the lead on three hits including a double off the bat of Zach Meyer.
Boyceville answered with a pair in the bottom of the third when Tyler Stroo singled and Hunter Anderson walked. Both came around to score to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.
Then the sky fell on Boyceville in the Colfax fifth.
Hunter Anderson walked Viking lead off hitter Jeremiah Wait. Trevor Olson then lifted an Anderson pitch over the fence for a two run shot.
Anderson gave up two more singles before Sawyer DeMoe took Anderson to the house with a deep three run dinger that put the visiting Vikings ahead 7-3.
Colfax added a run in the sixth and went on to the 8-3 win as it finished with ten hits, three for extra bases, against Boyceville.
James Palmer started and threw three effective inning surrendering just three hits before giving way to Hunter Anderson in the fourth. Anderson threw well with the exception of the fifth inning. Brett Boda threw the final inning and a third.
Boyceville had just three hits, singles by Stroo, Kahl, and Anderson.
Elk Mound blanks Boyceville
Elk Mound’s Trey Mohr threw seven innings of two-hit, shut out baseball to lead the Mounders to a 8-0 home win over the Boyceville Bulldogs Monday, April 13.
Mohr allowed just three Boyceville batters to reach base and struck out eight as he faced 23 Bulldog batters. The minimum number of batters in a seven-inning game is 21.
Boyceville struggled defensively too.
The Bulldogs committed five errors that helped the Mounders score runs.
In the third frame alone, Elk Mound scored three runs on just a single thanks to three straight Boyceville fielding errors.
Elk Mound doubled its lead from four to eight runs in the sixth inning when Cole Tyman smacked a three run homer for the Mounders, who also added another run on a fifth Bulldogs’ error.
James Palmer started on the mound and went three solid innings giving up just two hits and three runs all unearned. Hunter Anderson pitched the last three and was tagged for five runs (four earned) on four hits.
Cody Frederick and Anderson had Boyceville’s hits, both singles.