ELMWOOD — Starter James Palmer and his relief Hunter Anderson both pitched well when Boyceville traveled to Elmwood for the conference and regular season finale on Thursday, May 21.
Palmer threw five solid innings giving up just three hits with no walks and four strike outs, but the Raiders still scored five runs – all unearned – to get a 5-1 victory.
Anderson, who relieved Palmer in the seventh inning, was untouchable. He did not allow a hit or a walk retiring the side in order with a pair of strikeouts.
Six errors did in the Bulldogs, who could not get their offense on track and finished with just three hits against the Elmwood pitching staff.
Levi Wolf surrendered just two hits and a run in six and a third innings of work to get the win. Noah Wells gave up a hit in relief but was able to get the final two Boyceville outs in the seventh.
An error along with two singles allowed Elmwood to take an early 2-0 lead in the second inning.
The Raiders added two more runs in the third on a Wolf double and another Boyceville error.
Three more Bulldog misques in the fifth allowed yet another Elmwood runner to cross home plate this time without the aid of a base hit.
Boyceville’s only run came in the seventh.
Kyle Holden drew a leadoff walk from Wolf. Jerod Nelson then reached first on a fielder’s choice as Holden was forced out at second.
Wolf exited the game and Wells came to the mound to face Boyceville leadoff hitter Hunter Anderson, who promptly drove the ball for a triple which scored Nelson from first.
Wells, however, got Micadin Kahl to strike out and Tyler Stroo to bounce out to third to end the game.
Besides Anderson’s seventh inning triple he also had a base hit in the fifth to finish with two of the Bulldogs’ three hits. The other Bulldog hit came off a first inning single by James Palmer.
The Bulldogs, who finished last in the five team large Dunn-St. Croix standings with a 4-9 mark, will conclude the regular season with a pair of non-conference home games this week.
Cadott was in town yesterday and Cornell/Lake Holcombe will be at Evenson Field Thursday, May 28.
Boyceville will open regional play next Tuesday, June 2. The Bulldogs are in regional C of the Division 3 Cumberland Sectional. Besides Boyceville, other regional schools include Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Colfax, Elk Mound and Glenwood City.