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Boyceville extends softball win streak

BOYCEVILLE — Make it five straight.

The Boyceville softball team extended its win streak to five consecutive games and capped a perfect four game home stand with victories over Plum City and St. Croix Central.

The streak, which began with a 18-8 win in Spring Valley April 21 followed by a pair of one-point home wins over Elmwood and Glenwood City, continued to grow with the Bulldogs’ latest home wins over Plum City and St. Croix Central.

The Lady Bulldogs improved its conference record to 7-4 and moved into third place with a 4-1 victory over Plum City April 30 and another one-run win, this time against St. Croix Central on  May 4.

Comeback Win

Despite being out hit 11 to 7, the Bulldogs were able to erase a 4-1 deficit and defeat the St. Croix Central Panthers by a slim 6-5 score in a D-SC softball contest at Pafko Memorial Park Monday, May 4.

St. Croix Central threatened to score in both the first and second innings as it put a pair of runners on base in both innings. But Boyceville starter Katie Kegen was able to work her self out of the jams without surrendering a run.

Boyceville took a one run lead in the bottom of the second when Kayla Nelson walked, then stole second and scored on a pair of passed balls.

But in the top of the third inning, the Panthers batted through their line up and plated five runs aided by a Bulldogs’ fielding error and five straight singles off of Katie Kegen’s pitches.

St. Croix Central held its 5-1 advantage until the bottom of the fourth when Boyceville scored its second run. Maddy Bygd doubled and came around to score on a Panthers’ error.

In the following inning, the Bulldogs scored four times to take a 6-5 lead.

Peyton Hellmann and Brooklynn Blaser singled to open the Boyceville fifth inning. Following an out, Kayla Nelson and Maddy Bygd had back-to-back singles to score both Hellmann and Blaser.  Madysn Riek would deliver a RBI single to help Boyceville add its final two runs.

Although the Panthers collected four more hits including a fifth inning triple by Jami Ruvelson, Kegen was able close out the final three innings and game without surrendering another run.

Maddy Bygd finished 2 for 3 at the plate to lead the Boyceville offense. Marissa Arthurs led St. Croix Central with three hits while Zena VanDusartz and Jami Ruvelson each had a pair of hits.

Despite out dueling Kegen in the statistical battle, Panthers’ pitcher Abby Harrington suffered the loss. Harrington struck out six, walked three and gave up seven hits while Kegen surrendered 11 hits and struck out four.

Bedevil Plum City

Katie Kegen allowed just two hits and one run while the Boyceville offense turned eight hits into four runs as the Bulldogs upended the Plum City Blue Devils and earned a 4-1 home win Thursday, April 30.

Peyton Hellmann and Kayla Nelson were perfect from the plate as the pair collected five of Boyceville’s eight hits.

Hellmann was 3 for 3 and Nelson went 2 for 2 and each scored a run. Marki Lagerstrom also doubled and scored a run.

Kegen held Plum City in check  throughout the seven inning contest. She walked four and struckout one and gave up a pair of hits, a double by Chey Catura in the first inning and a second inning home run to Ellie Funk.

Plum City took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off of Elli Funk’s solo home run.

But Boycevile knotted the game in the third inning when Nelson singled and scored.

In the fourth, Boyceville scored a pair of runs. Hellmann singled and scored for the first run of the inning. Brooklynn Blaser then drew a walk and scored on Kayla Nelson’s hit.

Boyceville fourth and final score came in the fifth when Marki Lagerstrom hit a two out double off of Chey Caturia and later scored.

Caturia, who went the distance on the mound for the visiting Blue Devils, took the loss after giving up eight walks and four runs, all earned.

The Bulldogs were at Colfax Tuesday, May 5 and return home tomorrow to host Mondovi. They then hit the road for game at Clayton on Saturday, May 9 and in Elk Mound on Monday, May 11.