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Boyceville softballers prepare for playoffs with pair of wins

Winners of four of its past five games, the Boyceville softball team continued its momentum as it capped the regular season last week with a pair of victories.

The Bulldogs bested the Blue Devils 12 to 8 when they traveled to Plum City Thursday, May 21 to wrap up the Dunn-St. Croix conference schedule.

Boyceville made it two straight the following day when it defeated Somerset 9-1 at Andy Pafko Memorial Park to conclude the regular season.

The Bulldogs, who finished  fourth in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 10-8 record and 14-11 overall, hosted Eau Claire Regis in yesterday’s opening round of the WIAA Division 3 softball regional. Boyceville received the third seed and Regis was sixth. The winner will play the winner of the Mondovi (#7) and Elk Mound (#2) game in today’s (Wednesday, May 27) regional semifinal. Regional finals are set for Friday, May 29.

Win in Plum City

Boyceville rocked Plum City starter Chey Caturia for seven runs and chased her from the game after just two innings Thursday, May 21 in Plum City.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead.

But the Blue Devils, however, rallied and scored four runs in the fourth and two runs in boththe fifth and six innings.

Despite the early offensive output, Boyceville finished with just three more hits than Plum City. The Bulldogs collected ten hits to the Blue Devils seven, but the Plum City had three extra base hits including a home run.

The Blue Devils also stranded 11 base runners compared to four for the Bulldogs.

Despite surrendering seven walks to go along with the seven hits including the home run, Bulldogs’ starter Katie Kegen was able to hold on for the victory. She finished with four strikeouts.

Morgan Duden provided five innings of solid relief pitching for Plum City. Duden allowed five hits and five runs.

Boyceville took advantage of a Plum City error and three hits to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Brooklynn Blaser reached on a one out error. Lexi Peterson and Maddy Bygd each singled. Blaser score the game’s first run on Bygd’s hit. Two batters later, Melissa Dormanen delivered a double that plated Peterson and Bygd.

The Bulldogs added six more runs in the next frame to take a 9-0 lead.

Marki Lagerstrom and Jenna Beyrer walked to start the second and scored on singles by Peyton Helllmann and Brooklynn Blaser. Both would score on singles by Katie Kegen and Marki Lagerstrom who in turn scored on Peyton Hellmann’s second hit of the inning – a hard-hit double.

But the Blue Devils climbed back into the game in the fourth inning when Ellie Funk parked a Kegen pitch over the fence with bases loaded for the grand slam.

All the action came with two outs as Kegen gave up a single to Morgan Duden, hit the next batter and walked another to set the stage for Funk’s four-run shot.

Boyceville got three runs back in the sixth, aided by a Plum City error and a hit batsman.

But the Blue Devils added two in their half of the sixth and another two in the seventh before Kegen slammed the door to preserve a 12-8 win.

Marissa Dormanen led the Bulldogs’ offense with  three hits and four RBIs in three plate appearances. Hellmann had a pair of hits.

Spank Spartans

Boyceville scored three runs in three separate innings to defeat the Somerset Spartans 9-1 in a non-conference contest played Friday, May 22 at Pafko Memorial Park.

As it had against Plum City a day earlier, Boyceville scored runs in the first few innings to take a lead that it would not relinquish.

Although the Bulldogs held just a nine to seven advantage in hits over the Spartans, the locals were able to make the most of its offensive opportunities. The Bulldogs stranded just three runners in the seven inning game, the Spartans left eight ‘ducks on the pond’.

Brooklynn Blaser, Lexi Peterson and Kayla Nelson singled in the first as Boyceville took an early 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs doubled that advantage in the second as Peyton Hellmann singled and Maddy Bygd doubled. They also took advantage of a walk and a hit batter.

Somerset scored its lone run in sixth only to have Boyceville respond for three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Kylie Krueger’s singled in a run and scored herself as the Bulldogs’ lead grew to eight runs.

Katie Kegen got the Spartans to hit a pair of flies and a ground out to end the game. She went the distance walking two and striking out one for the win.

Rachel Cloutier, who started and went just three innings, took the loss for the Spartans.