Confidence and success go hand-in-hand, you can’t have one without the other.
The Boyceville baseball squad has discovered some of the former which has resulted in the latter.
The Bulldogs won three straight games over the past week including a pair of important conference contests to break free of the large Dunn-St. Croix’ cellar.
A 9-7 home victory over Plum City Thursday, April 30 started the run.
Boyceville followed with a pair of road wins, taking down Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 6-2 the following day, May 1 before earning a 2-0 shut out in Colfax this Monday, May 4.
The boys will look to continue that run when they host large conference leader Elk Mound Thursday and travel to small D-SC front runner Spring Valley next Monday, May 11.
Shut Out in Colfax
In a duel of pitchers, the Bulldogs were able to generate enough offense to shut out Colfax on its home field by a 2-0 score Monday, May 4.
Boyceville’s James Palmer and Colfax’ Sawyer DeMoe both went the distance, pitching seven innings of four hit ball each.
While DeMoe struck out nine Bulldogs compared to just the three Palmer sat down, the Boyceville sophomore did not surrender a walk to get the victory.
DeMoe gave up four which came back to haunt him in the end.
“The way James was pitching, all we need was one run,” said Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild.
“This is a huge win for us,” added the coach of the shutout win.
Brett Boda had two of the Bulldogs’ four hits including the RBI single that brought in Hunter Anderson for the Bulldogs’ first, and what proved to be, game winning run.
Micadin Kahl and Anderson had the other two Boyceville hits.
The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. Hunter Anderson and James Palmer drew back-to-back, one out walks from DeMoe. Boda then stepped to the plate and delivered a single that scored Anderson.
Boyceville added its second run in the sixth. Again, DeMoe issued a one out walk to Palmer. Boda singled to put a pair of Bulldogs on base. Then Luke Knudtson hit a sacrifice to score Palmer.
Another complete game, pitching gem helped Boyceville take a 6-2 road against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser last Friday, May 1.
Hunter Anderson threw all seven innings for Boyceville giving up just four hits and a pair of runs for the win.
Senior Tyler Stroo and sophomore James Palmer had great offensive performances as they combined for five RBIs. Palmer went 3-for-4 at the plate and Stroo was 2-for-4.
Boyceville scored four times in the second frame.
Luke Knudtson, Alex Lovett, and Kyle Holden had consecutive singles to bring in the Bulldogs’ first run. Micadin Kahl, Stroo and Palmer would also add hits to drive in three more runs for a 4-0 lead.
Anderson, Palmer and Brett Boda added hits in the sixth as Boyceville increased its lead to 6-1.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
“We cut down our errors and strikeouts,” noted Roemhild. “It was good for the guys to respond with a win after beating Plum City last night.”
Beat Plum City
Boyceville hit the ball well when Plum City played at Evenson Field last Thursday, April 30.
The Bulldogs collected nine hits including a pair from both Hunter Anderson and James Palmer who also drove in three and four runs respectively.
But the Bulldogs also had several mental mistakes and committed six fielding errors that allowed the Blue Devils to make a run in the late innings before Boyceville could slam the door on a 9-7 win.
Palmer took the win, going six and two-third innings and giving up seven runs on four hits and walking just one. Brett Boda came on in the seventh to record the final out.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning off hits by Hunter Anderson and James Palmer.
Plum City got a run back in the second when Funk homered off Palmer.
The Blue Devils team took a brief 4-3 lead when it scored three times in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. The Bulldogs committed four errors to help out Plum City.
But the Bulldogs scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to retake the lead.
In the sixth, Boyceville opened up its advantage as it plated four more runs for a 9-4 lead.
A pair of walks and three hits including a Hunter Anderson double pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to five runs.
But Plum City, in its last atbat, touched Palmer for three hits and three runs including a big two out triple that made it interesting. But Boda was able to get the final out on a fly to center and preserve the Bulldogs’ win.