After capping a four-game win streak with an impressive 2-1 upset of Large Dunn-St. Croix co-leader Elk Mound back on May 7, the Boyceville baseball team has once again fallen on hard times.
An 8-1 loss to Spring Valley, the Small Dunn-St. Croix front runner, a few days later on May 11, precipitated the Bulldogs’ current five-game slide.
Facing its third conference leader in as many games last Thursday, May 14, Boyceville lost a 13-1 home contest to St. Croix Central in five inning. Played in cold, steady rain fall, Central broke open a 4-1 game with nine runs in the fifth inning to claim the victory. The Panthers finished with nine hits but it was the Bulldogs’ eight errors that proved lethal to the locals.
The errors and late inning collapses continued to plagued Boyceville in its subsequent three ball games that included losses to Prairie Farm and Baldwin-Woodville in a home triangular Saturday, May 16 and a 13-4 setback against Mondovi Monday, May 18 – the Bulldogs’ fourth consecutive home loss and fifth straight overall.
The Bulldogs, 4-8 and 5-13 overall, will look to get back on track with a victory in Elmwood this Thursday, May 21. It is the team’s only other contest scheduled before the Memorial Day break. They will host a pair of non-conference games when they return to action next week. Cadott comes to Evenson Field on Tuesday, May 26 with Cornell/Lake Holcombe to follow on Thursday, May 28. WIAA tournaments are scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 2 with regional competition.
Hunter Anderson and Tyler Stroo both belted home runs to give the Bulldogs an early 4-2 advantage against the Mondovi Buffaloes in Monday’s (May 18) baseball game at Evenson Field.
Hunter Anderson parked a pitch over the fence in his and the Bulldogs’ first at bat and Tyler Stroo walked and later scored on Brett Boda’s RBI single to knot the game at two runs each after one inning.
Mondovi had taken a 2-0 lead on back-to-back solo home runs by Jake Ede and Blake Purdy in the top half of the first.
Tyler Stroo gave Boyceville the lead with a two run home run shot in the third inning. Stroo sent the ball over the fence with Micadin Kahl standing on first after he had singled.
But in the fourth, Boyceville committed two of its six errors and starter James Palmer surrendered his third home run ball – a three run shot by Dustin Dziekan – as the Buffaloes took a 5-4 lead and never looked back en route to the 13-4 victory.
“Without the fourth inning the outcome may have been different,” noted Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild. “James only gave up two runs (until that inning).”
Tyler Stroo took the mound in the fifth and pitched two inning, giving up a pair of scores in the sixth.
Mondovi scored six times in the seventh and final innings as it collected six hits off of Boyceville relievers Bryce Boda and Luke Knudtson to extend its winning margin.
“They are a very good hitting team,” added Roemhild of Mondovi.
The Buffaloes matched their run total with 13 hits led by
Dziekan and Ede, who both finished 3-for-5 with a home run.
Ede also went the distance for the Buffaloes on the mound, surrendering eight hits and no walks while striking out six Boyceville batters to get the win. Palmer suffered the loss for the Bulldogs as he gave up five runs and five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Stroo was responsible for two hits and a pair of runs with three strikeouts and a walk in two innings of relief.
Anderson and Palmer each had a pair of hits in four plate appearances. Anderson also had a home run as did Stroo.
Fall twice in triangular
Prairie Farm starting pitcher Jordan Siebert registered ten of his team’s 13 strikeouts to help led his team to a 6-1 victory over Boyceville in the opening game of a three team, round-robin triangular held at Evenson Field Saturday, May 16. Baldwin-Woodville also competed.
Looking to lick its wounds with a victory against Baldwin-Woodville, Boyceville instead fell behind early trailing 8-0. The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings but it was not enough as they fell for the second time on Saturday, losing 8 to 4 to the Blackhawks.
In the opener with Prairie Farm, Boyceville just had trouble getting a hold of the Panthers’ pitches. Siebert allowed just three Bulldog hits and no runs while sitting down ten on strikeouts through the first five innings. In fact, the Bulldogs made it past second base just once in that span.
Hunter Anderson countered with a solid pitching performance for Boyceville, giving up just five hits to Prairie Farm. He struck out six and walked just one in the losing effort.
The Panthers scored a run in the first on a Boyceville error and a single. They added three more runs in the third thanks to two hits including a double and two more Boyceville errors.
Prairie Farm’s finally two runs came across in the seventh when on just one hit aided by Boyceville’s fourth faux pas of the contest.
Boyceville scored its lone run in the sixth when Hunter Anderson doubled and then scored on James Palmer’s single. Palmer finished with two hits including a second inning double in three plate appearances to lead the Boyceville offense.
In the second game, Boyceville starter Micadin Kahl, who took the loss, gave up six hits and four walks in the first inning and a third as Baldwin-Woodville jumped out to a 8-0 advantage.
Senior Tyler Stroo took the mound in relief and slammed the door on the Blackhawks as he threw four and two-third scoreless innings.
But the Boyceville offense was unable to generate enough runs to overcome the early deficit and fell 8-5.
The Bulldogs, who were out hit 11 to four, scored twice in the second and three more times in the fourth. Boyceville’s three-run fourth was aided by two Baldwin-Woodville errors.
James Palmer and Bryce Boda each had two hits to account for all four of the Boyceville hits. One of Palmer’s hits went for a double.
Panthers soak Bulldogs
Despite playing without starter Brett Boda, who suffered a season-ending hand injury prior to the game, and two others due to ineligibility issues, Boyceville kept visiting St. Croix Central within striking distance through four innings.
Large D-SC co-leader St. Croix Central held just a 4-1 advantage entering the fifth inning of a contest played in a cold and steady rain shower Thursday, May 14 at Evenson Field.
Starter James Palmer had worked hard to keep the Bulldogs in the contest after their defense had committed six errors through the first four innings.
But in the top of the fifth, St. Croix Central took advantage of three more Boyceville errors and four hits including a home run by Doug Cottrell to score nine runs to post a 13-1 after the Bulldogs could not extend the game in their half of the fifth.
The Bulldogs team had just scored its only run in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the gap to 4-1. Then the flood gates, pun intended, opened up on the Bulldogs and the Panthers ended the contest with one big offensive inning.
Despite pitching a solid game Palmer suffered the loss as the Bulldogs finished with nine errors.
“That fifth inning and errors killed us in this game,” said coach Michael Roemhild. “Yes, it was raining but SCC played just fine in the rain so it was not a factor.”
“Our inexperience and lack of confidence lost us this game,” stated the coach.
Hunter Anderson had two of the Bulldogs five hits while Cooper Boesl, Cody Frederick and Bryce Boda each had a hit.
The Panthers finished with nine hits including four for extra bases, were led by Trent Smith who went 3-for-4.