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Regis knocks Bulldogs out of softball playoffs

BOYCEVILLE — One and done is not what the Boyceville softball team had envisioned for its 2015 tournament run.

But Eau Claire Regis had other ideas.

The sixth-seeded Ramblers came to Andy Pafko Memorial Park last Wednesday, May 27, a day after rain storms postponed the originally scheduled contest, and upset the third-ranked Bulldogs, 9 to 4 in the opening (quarterfinal) round of the WIAA Division 3 girls’ softball regional.

Eau Claire Regis, who had finished fourth in the Western Cloverbelt, rallied from a 4-3 deficit with six runs in the final two innings, including five in the sixth inning alone, to secure the road win over the homestanding Bulldogs, fourth-place finishers in the Dunn-St. Croix.

Both teams finished with ten hits including five hits each in the final two frames, but unlike Boyceville, Regis was able to convert those offensive opportunities into runs. The Lady Bulldogs also committed four errors to the Ramblers two and left ten runners on base.

Boyceville grabbed a one to nothing lead in the first inning. Senior Brooklynn Blaser drew a one-out walk and scored two batters later when junior Maddy Bygd smacked a RBI double off of Regis starter Lauren Clark.

Meanwhile, Boyceville pitching ace Katie Kegen kept the Ramblers off the scoreboard allowing just three base runners in the first two innings.

Eau Claire, however, netted a pair of runs and the lead in the top of the third inning. Kegen surrendered a pair of hits and walks and hit a batter.

Boyceville took back both runs and the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

Lexi Peterson drew a walk to start the Bulldogs’ third. Maddy Bygd then singled for her second hit in as many appearances to give Boyceville a pair of potential runs. It would convert. Rachal Anderson’s deep fly ball to center, allowed Peterson to tag up and score the tying run. In the next at bat, Melissa Dormanen continued to sizzle at the plate as she picked up the first of her three singles which brought Maddy Bygd to home plate with the go ahead score.

Regis knotted the game at three with a run in the fourth.

Boyceville took its third lead of the game in the fifth when Kayla Nelson led off with a double and scored on Rachal Anderson’s single.

The Bulldogs led 4-3, but would not score another run.

Regis took its first lead of the game in the sixth inning and never looked back, as it scored five times on three hits including a double by Lauren Clark.

Boyceville had a chance to score a few runs in  the bottom of the seventh only to came up empty. Bygd and Dormanen singled but were left stranded on third and first respectively when the Bulldogs popped out to end the game.

Clark earned the pitching victory for the Ramblers, surrendering just four runs on ten hits with three strikeouts and walks. Kegen took the loss for the Bulldogs as he gave up nine runs, eight of which were earned and had two strikeouts.

Maddy Bygd and Melissa Dormanen finished three-for-four for Boyceville, who finished the year at 14-12.