You can’t win if you don’t score runs!
And the Bulldogs’ baseball team did not score runs or wins last week.
Instead, Boyceville suffered a pair of shutout road losses.
Pepin/Alma pitcher Sam Mueller struck out ten Bulldog batters and allowed just four hits, helping the Eagles to a 4-0 win when Boyceville traveled to Pepin for an intra-conference match-up between the large and small Dunn-St. Croix squads Thursday, April 23.
Things only got worse for the Bulldogs when they suffered a 10-0 setback in Mondovi on Monday, April 27. Boyceville finished with just two hits as it was shutout for the second straight game and fourth time this season.
Boyceville fell to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the large Dunn-St. Croix standings.
The Bulldogs will host Plum City this Thursday, April 30 before hitting the road for two games including a Friday, May 1 non-conference tilt at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and at Colfax next Monday, May 4.
Boyceville could not keep its offense afloat on the shores of Lake Pepin last Thursday, April 23 when it played the Eagles of Pepin/Alma in Pepin.
Kyle Holden and Brett Boda each hit a double while Micadin Kahl and Hunter Anderson each single for the Bulldogs. But unfortunately, each of the Boyceville hits came in different innings thereby stranding the Bulldogs singular hopes of scoring a run.
Holden reached third after doubling but Eagles pitcher Sam Mueller was able to get one of his ten strikeouts to end the Boyceville inning.
Luke Knudtson also reached base for the Bulldogs when he walked in the fifth and advanced to third before Kahl went down swinging to end the inning and threat.
The Eagles, meanwhile, scored two in its half of the first inning off of Boyceville starter James Palmer. Back-to-back doubles by Logan Carrol and Bryce Anibas followed by a Zach Vreeland single pushed a pair of runs across the plate for the Eagles.
The top of the Pepin/Alma line up proved to be tough outs as it led the Eagles to two more runs in the fourth.
Carrol walked and Vreeland doubled to score Carrol. Vreeland would also score to put the Eagles ahead 4-0.
That would also be the final.
Palmer suffered the loss giving up five hits and all four runs in four innings of work. Brett Boda threw two innings of scoreless ball and allowed two hits.
“Our defense played very well,” said Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild. “We had some nice hits, they were just right at their defenders.”
Despite a lack of offensive support, Boyceville pitcher James Palmer kept the Bulldogs in the baseball game at Mondovi April 27.
Through the first four innings, Palmer had allowed Mondovi just six hits and a pair of runs.
But when Palmer, who took the loss, gave way to Brett Boda in the fifth inning, Mondovi’s offense went on a stampede.
The Buffaloes tagged Boda for four hits and eight runs to bring a sudden end to a once tight contest with a 10-0 victory.
“Defensively we played well until the fifth inning,” noted Roemhild.
The Bulldogs committed a couple of errors in that final inning.
Boyceville’s only two hits came in the second when Palmer and Knudtson both singled.