After ending a three-game losing streak with a 8-3 win over Colfax May 2, the Boyceville softball team followed it up with a pair of victories in three games – all in conference play – this past week.
Taking to the road for back-to-back D-SC contests, the Lady Bulldogs dehorned the Blue Devils 11-5 in Plum City last Tuesday, May 3. Unfortunately, the locals were not able to extend their win streak to three games as they fell to large division leader Elk Mound – who is unbeaten in conference and showed why in its 11-1 home win over Boyceville Thursday, May 5.
But the Bulldogs bounced back for a fast-moving 5-1 win against Spring Valley at Pafko Memorial Park on Monday, May 9.
Boyceville improved to 4-5 and third place in the large conference standings and 7-7 overall.
Boyceville will be spending much of the final two weeks of the regular season on the road as four of its five remaining contests are away. The Bulldogs will play at Durand this Thursday, at the Clayton tournament this Saturday and at Mondovi next Monday, May 16.
A six-run, second inning was the key in Boyceville’s 11-5 win at Plum City May 3.
The Bulldogs tallied a dozen hits in the seven inning game and finished with a hit in every inning except the fifth.
While the offense was in top gear, Katie Kegen was putting in a solid effort on the mound. Boyceville’s ace kept the Blue Devils in check for much of the game as she threw all seven innings giving up just five runs on five hits while walking five and striking out six to get the victory.
Knotted at one run each after the first frame, the Bulldogs exploded in the top-half of the second as it took advantage of three of Plum City errors and got a double from Madysn Riek and a single by Morgan Kuhn to score six times for a 7-1 lead.
Plum City got single runs in the second and third innings. Boyceville also had a run in the third when Kylie Krueger tripled and scored.
In the fourth, four straight singles by Kegen, Maddy Bygd, Riek and Peyton Hellmann plated three more runs to make it a 11-3 game.
Plum City picked up single runs in the fifth and seventh innings but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs held on for the 11-5 win.
Madysn Riek led the Boyceville bats collecting four hits including a double and three RBIs in four plate appearances. Katie Kegen helped out her own cause as she registered two singles in five atbats.
Plum City committed five errors while Boyceville finished with four.
The Bulldogs simply did not have an answer for Elk Mound pitcher Abbey Olsen when they traveled to Elk Mound last Thursday.
The senior ace kept Boyceville hitters off balance for much of the game, giving up just one earned run and three hits while striking out nine and walking none in the Mounders 11-1 win.
Olsen did not allow a Bulldog to reach base until the fourth inning when she gave up a one-out double to Maddy Bygd. Before that she had retired the first nine Boyceville hitters she faced including five by strike out.
Elk Mound put the game out of reach early with five runs in the first highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of Emily Ausman.
In all, the Mounders collected 12 hits including four in that first frame and took advantage of six Bulldog errors.
The Lady Mounders added two more runs in each of the second, fourth and sixth innings as they continued to collect hits off the mistake-prone Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs’ lone run came in the sixth inning when Jaida Peterson led off with a single and scored on Maddy Bygd’s RBI single.
Bygd had two of Boyceville’s three hits.
While Ausman and Lauren Scharlau had two hits apiece, it was Allison Lindquist’s 3-for-4 performance at the plate that led the Mounders.
Kegen, who pitched all six innings, suffered the loss. She struck out one and walked two surrendered 11 runs, of which only three were earned, on 12 hits.
Boyceville made the most of every hit it collected in its Monday, May 9 home game against Spring Valley.
The Bulldogs recorded just four hits but turned those into five runs to beat the Cardinals 5-1 in a game that lasted just an hour despite going seven innings.
Boyceville was the first to crack the scoreboard taking a run in the first after Katie Kegen drew a one-out walk and scored on Madysn Riek’s RBI single.
After Spring Valley tied it with a run in the top of the second, the Bulldogs tallied a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by Maddy Bygd’s solo home run to open the inning. They also tacked on two more in the third to complete the scoring.
After surrendering three hits a run in the first two frames, Kegen settled in on the mound and allowed just one more hit in the final five innings – a single by Grace Larson, who finished with two of the Red Birds four hits, in the seventh inning. Kegen picked up the win, whiffing four and walking none.
Larson suffered the loss for Spring Valley.
Madysn Riek had two of the Bulldogs’ four hits. Bygd had one, the big solo shot and Jaida Peterson picked up a single.