Every team looks for that signature win to define their season.
Some get it, others do not.
For the young and hungry Boyceville baseball squad that win came to fruition last Thursday, May 7 when the upstart Bulldogs pulled off one of the program’s biggest feats and victories in recent seasons and quite possibly this year’s most unlikely upset in the Dunn-St. Croix when it defeated then conference-leader Elk Mound, 2 to 1.
The win pushed Boyceville season-high win streak to four games and moved them into middle of the large conference standings.
The contest featured a pair of pitching gems as the Bulldogs’ James Palmer squared off against the Mounders’ Trey Mohr.
The pitching duo each delivered beautiful three-hit performances but it would be Palmer and the Bulldogs that emerged the winner in the regulation, seven-inning contest.
“James pitched another amazing game,” said an exhuberant Michael Roemhild, Boyceville’s first-year head coach. “That’s two games in a row where he has went all seven innings and hasn’t allowed an earned run.”
“The excitement in the dugout and with the fans was great,” added Roemhild. “Our team is on a four-game win streak and we are really coming together as a team. There are just so many positives that we had, but playing as a team was our biggest.”
It was indeed a total team effort.
The Boyceville defense seemed to be in the right place at the right time throughout the game, snaring several hard hits for outs.
“Defensively everyone made huge plays. We played great defensively, even when things got tight in the seventh,” said Roemhild.
And Boyceville generated just enough offense at the most opportune times to make its two runs stand up for the win.
The lead off batter in Boyceville’s first offensive series, Micadin Kahl reached first base on an error.
It would prove a costly mistake for the Mounders.
Kahl advanced to third on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Tyler Stroo and scored on Hunter anderson’s ground out to second.
In the bottom half of the second inning, Luke Knudtson electrified the Boyceville bench and fans with a leadoff solo home run that gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
“Luke Knudtson had the biggest hit of the year so far with his first home run!” stated the coach.
And as it turned out Kundtson’s solo shot proved to be the game winner.
Two runs, that is all James Palmer needed.
The sophomore held the Mounders at bay until the top of the seventh when they finally erased their scoreboard goose egg.
Brandon Bohl singled and scored to make it 2-1 but Palmer closed out the game with a strike out of Grant Kjellberg.
Stroo and Brett Boda had singles to account for the Bulldogs other two hits.
Palmer struck out only one Mounder but he didn’t allow a walk and 13 straight Elk Mound batters until Bohl’s seventh-inning single.
Spring Valley wins
Like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Boyce-ville had to travel to Spring Valley Monday, May 11 to face the Cardinals, leaders of the small Dunn-St. Croix.
A fifth straight victory and second over a conference leader was not in the cards however, as Spring Valley took an 8-1 win.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings as James Palmer and Rem Schneider kept the base paths empty.
Schneider had held the Bulldogs hitless through three while Palmer surrendered just two hits during that same period.
The Bulldogs finally tagged Schneider for a pair of hits in the fourth and scored a run to lead 1-0.
Tyler Stroo and Luke Knudtson had singles that helped scored Micadin Kahl who had walked to open the inning.
But the Bulldogs missed an opportunity to add a few more runs as their half of the fourth ended with bases full.
Spring Valley would take the lead in the bottom half of the fourth.
When Hunter Anderson releived Palmer in the fifth, the Cardinals added two more runs and another four runs in the sixth for an 8-1 lead.
That is how the game ended as Schneider left just two Boyceville base runners after the fourth inning to get the win. Palmer suffered the loss.
The Bulldogs also committed four errors against the Cardinals.
“Errors hurt us in this game,” said Coach Roemhild.
“Spring Valley is a good team and when you only only two runs to a good team like that you know you pitched well.”
Boyceville, now 4-6 in the large D-SC and 5-9 overall, has three straight at home beginning with St. Croix Central on Thursday, a home triangular with Prairie Farm and Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, May 16 before Mondovi comes to town for a Monday, May 18 game.