ELK MOUND — They did it once, so why not again.
After stunning the Mounders 2-1 about a month earlier, the Bulldogs were hoping that lightning would strike twice and they would come up with another upset over Elk Mound, this time in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal contest.
Things went well for Boyceville early in the Thursday, June 4 contest, which had to be postponed a day due to rain storms, as it scored three times in the top of the first inning.
But the Mounders rallied with 13 straight runs including seven in the fourth inning to win the regional affair 13-3 in six innings.
“We started out strong and had a lot of confidence,” said Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild.
“But the 4th inning really hurt us,” he added.
“They hit it where we weren’t,” continued Roemhild. “When we hit the ball it was just to them every time. We didn’t lose this game because of errors or the lack of us hitting. They just got hot in the 4th and we couldn’t get back in it.”
In the Bulldogs’ first inning, Micadin Kahl single with one out, Tyler Stroo grounded to second but Elk Mound’s second baseman booted the routine play which allowed both Boyceville runners to advance safely.
Palmer then hit an RBI single to left. Luke Knudtson beat out a grounder to short for a base hit which loaded the bases. A second Mounders’ error, this time on an Alex Lovett grounder to the short stop, allowed Boyceville to score its second run. Brett Boda sent a grounder to second for an out but it allowed Palmer to score Boyceville’s third run of the first inning.
Unfortunately, Boyceville would get but one more hit off of Elk Mound hurler Trey Mohr, that a fifth-inning single by Tyler Stroo.
The Mounder tied the game with a pair of runs in the second and another in the third off of Boyceville starter Hunter Anderson.
Elk Mound then chased Anderson from the game in the fourth inning when they scored seven times on five hits and a pair of walks.
Stroo and Brett Boda finished the final three innings but the Mounders added two more runs in the fifth and a final one in the sixth to bring an end to the contest.
Boyceville finished the year with a 7-15 record while Elk Mound advanced to the regional final the next day when they defeated Chetek-Weyerhaeuser for a berth in the sectional tournament in Cumberland on June 9.
“I am very proud of the way my team fought tonight and this whole year,” said Roemhild. “We won seven games including a playoff win which none of the guys have ever experienced. We are going to miss the seniors on the team. I wish I could have them for another year. But, we have something good going and we are going to get in a lot of summer ball. Baseball is back in Boyceville!”
Departing the squad are graduated seniors Alex Lovett, Tyler Stroo, Brett Boda and Damion Bicknell.