A season can be filled with peaks and valleys.
After peaking with a season-high five game win streak, the Boyceville softball team bottomed out last week as it dropped four of its five games.
The Bulldogs’ lone win came against Barron in a triangular in Clayton this past Saturday, May 9.
After Boyceville posted a one-run home win against St. Croix Central last Monday, May 4, the Bulldogs began their slide with a 13-8 loss in Colfax the following day. A surprising 15-9 loss at home to the upstart Mondovi Buffaloes followed.
In Clayton, Boyceville scored a 13-5 win over Barron in the first game but dropped a 3-2 decision to host Clayton/Turtle Lake in the second contest.
Then on Monday, May 11, Elk Mound earned a sweep of Boyceville with an 11-2 win.
Three of the Bulldogs’ final four games are at Pafko Memorial Field. They hosted winless Spring Valley yesterday (May 12) and will be in Elmwood on Thursday, May 14 before ending the regular season hosting Pepin/Alma on Monday, May 18 and Somerset on Friday, May 22.
Elk Mound wins
After needing a couple of extra innings to defeat Boyceville in the team’s first meeting at Pafko Memorial Park back on April 20, Elk Mound took care of business in regulation, defeating Boyce-ville 11-2 on its home field Monday, May 11.
Elk Mound ace Dayna Kotecki surrendered just four hits and two runs to Boyceville in six innings of work. She struck out nine in the winning effort. Abbey Olsen came on to pitch a hitless and scoreless seventh.
Meanwhile, the Mounders provided its pitchers with plenty of support as they had nine hits including a grand slam home run by Elizabeth Schreiber to tag Boyceville hurler Katie Kegen with the loss. Kegen walked four and had just one strikeout.
Brooklynn Blaser had two of Boyceville hits – singles in the first and sixth innings. She also scored one of the Bulldogs’ two runs. Lexi Peterson had an RBI single in the sixth and Rachal Anderson picked up a hit in the fifth.
Elk Mound scored runs in the first and six times in the third inning highlighted by Elizabeth Schreiber’s bases loaded home run.
The Mounders added a single run in the fourth for an 8-0 lead.
Boyceville finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Peyton Hellmann walked to lead off the inning. Brooklynn Blaser and Lexi Peterson had back-to-back singles. Hellmann scored on Peterson’s base hit and Blaser added a run on a fielder’s choice by Kayla Nelson.
But the Mounders added three runs in the bottom half of the inning and Olsen relieved Kotecki in the seventh and retired the Bulldogs in order to end the game.
Split in Clayton
The Bulldogs opened Saturday’s triangular in Clayton with a 13-5 win over the Golden Bears of Barron but then lost a close 3-2 decision to host Clayton/Turtle Lake to split the five inning games.
While the second game was a pitchers’ duel, the opening game against Barron was anything but.
Boyceville collected 14 hits and Barron finished with 10.
After a scoreless first inning, Boyceville added runs in each of the next four innings including three runs in the second and third innings and five in the fifth. Barron had three runs in the third and scored two in the fifth.
The Bulldogs collected six hits in their five run fifth inning. Peyton Hellmann and Maddy Bygd each had doubles and Morgan Kuhn, Kayla Nelson, Brooklynn Blaser and Lexi Peterson each had singles.
Katie Kegen was the winning pitcher, throwing all five innings to finish with six strikeouts and a walk.
Maddy Bygd went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Kala Nelson finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
In the second game against Clayton/Turtle Lake, pitching ruled.
Clayton/Turtle Lake hurler K. Larson gave up just three hits and two runs to get the win. Kegen took the mound for a second straight game for the Bulldogs and allowed only five hits in four innings of work but took the loss after giving up all three runs in the a 3-2 loss.
Hellmann, Bygd and Jenna Beyrer had Boyceville’s hits.
Clayton/Turtle Lake used a single and a double in addition to a wild pitch to score twice in the first inning.
The Bulldogs scored both runs back in the top of the second. Bygd singled and scored and Kayla Nelson walked and scored.
But an inning later, Clayton/Turtle Lake brought the game winning run home on a double by T. Schred.
Home loss to Mondovi
Mondovi broke a three all tie with four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth.
Boyceville responded with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth but Mondovi had a three run sixth and went on to a 15-9 win at Andy Pafko Memorial Park Thursday, May 7.
Jacquelyn Laursen was the winning pitcher as she went the full seven innings and gave up three walks and 11 hits with a pair of strike outs.
Katie Kegen started for Boyce-ville and pitched the first three frames giving up four hits and three runs. Jenna Beyrer, who suffered the loss, took over the pitching duties in the fourth and was tagged for eight hits and 12 runs with six walks in four innings of work.
Laursen helped her own cause leading the Buffaloes offense with five hits in six at bats. Julia Jehn also had three hits for Mondovi.
Mady Bygd had three hits for Boyceville including two doubles and Rachal Anderson and Brooklynn Blaser each had two hits. One of Anderson’s hits was a double while Lexi Peterson’s and Kayla Nelson’s only hits went for doubles as well.
Fall at Colfax
The Bulldogs’ early five to nothing advantage withered and disappeared as the Vikings offense used a 13-hit attack to generate 13 runs in its final four at bats to take down the visiting Bulldogs 13-8 on Tuesday, May 5.
Despite just two hits – singles by Katie Kegen and Maddy Bygd – through the first three innings, Boyceville was able to score five runs on a trio of Colfax errors and walks.
But Colfax, who had been held hitless by Katie Kegen in the first two innings, got the bats going in the third. The Vikings plated three runs on four hits. The hosts took their first lead with four more runs in the fourth.
In the fifth, Boyceville tied the game at seven with a pair of runs highlighted by Lexi Peterson’s lead-off double.
Colfax added a run in the bottom half and Boyceville tied it at 8 aside with a single run in the sixth.
But a five-run Colfax sixth spelled doom for the Bulldogs as the Vikings went on to win 13-8.
Rachal Anderson led the Bulldogs offense with three hits and Katie Kegen contributed with two.
Lakken Meredeth relieved Becca Lee in the fourth and ended up with the win after giving up seven hits but only three runs. Lee went the first three frames allowing five runs on just two hits.
Katie Kegen pitched six innings for Boyceville and took the loss after surrendering all 13 runs and 13 hits. She had two strikeouts and walked four.