The Boyceville baseball team picked up a signature win last week and nearly had two.
The Bulldogs went into Elk Mound last Thursday and left with a 1-0 win.
It was a duel of pitching aces between the Bulldogs’ James Palmer and the Mounders’ Brandon Bohl.
Despite just getting just three hits off of Bohl, Boyceville found a way to win.
The Bulldogs nearly scored a repeat this past Monday, May 9 when it hosted small division leader Spring Valley.
Boyceville held a 3-2 advantage heading into the final inning but an untimely error led to two Cardinal runs and a 4-3 loss.
The outcome spoiled another fine pitching performance by Palmer, who went the full seven innings only to be saddle with the loss.
“Very frustrating game,” said Boyceville head coach Michael Roemhild. “James pitched well only allowing one earned run. This is a game we felt like we let get away.”
Boyceville is now 4-4 in conference and 5-4 overall.
The Bulldogs are in Durand on Thursday and return home Saturday to host a triangular with Prairie Farm and Baldwin-Woodville before getting back on the road for a game in Mondovi next Monday, May 16.
This was a huge turnaround from when Boyceville last played Elk Mound, losing 14-0 at Evenson Field back in April.
But when Boyceville stepped on the field in Elk Mound last Thursday, it was determined to play better.
And play better they did, especially on the mound and in the field.
Although he gave up seven hits, James Palmer was able to scatter them throughout the seven inning contest and thereby mitigate any damage they might have caused.
“James pitched an unbelievable complete game shut out against Elk Mound’s ace,” said Coach Roemhild of Palmer’s 1-0 shut out victory over the Mounders. “Our defense played great behind him”.
Palmer allowed just three Elk Mound batters to reach base through the first five innings of play.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mounders threatened. With two outs the Mounders came up with three consecutive base hits to load the bases but Palmer got his counterpart, Brandon Bohl, to fly out to right and end the threat.
Then in their final atbat, the Mounders lead off the seventh with back-to-back singles but the defense came to the aid, throwing out a runner trying to steal second and snaring a pair of outfield flies to end the game and preserve a 1-0 victory.
The Bulldog score came in the sixth inning. Micadin Kahl walked with two outs and Hunter Anderson singled. Palmer then reached on an error allowing Kahl to score the eventual game-winning run. Anderson tried to reach home for a second run but was tagged out at home plate to end the inning.
“Luke Knudtson had three great plays at first, Jaden Reisimer played his best game in right field with inning ending outs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, said Roemhild. “Offensively, we struggled against Bohl. He is a very tough pitcher which is obvious by his statline. Our pitching and defense won this game for us.”
“This is the first time in five years Elk Mound has been shut out at home,” added Roemhild.
Bohl took the loss despite giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out 11.
Palmer had four strike outs, gave up seven hits and walked just one to get the win.
Anderson, Palmer and Knudtson had the hits for the Bulldogs.
Boyceville was just two outs away from another impressive win Monday evening.
Boyceville led the Spring Valley Cardinals 3-2 with one out in the top seventh when things went awry.
With runners at second and third, a throwing error to first by the Bulldogs’ third baseman Cooper Boesl sent the ball in to the dirt and past first baseman Luke Knutson allowing both Spring Valley runners to score.
Boyceville then went down in order in its half of the seventh to lose the game, 4-3.
“We had plenty of scoring opportunities, we just couldn’t put more runs on the board,” said Coach Michael Roemhild of the loss. “We hit the ball tonight but didn’t take good at bats all the way through. Defensively we made some good plays but had some that we wish we could get back.”
Boyceville and Spring Valley scored single runs in the first and third innings.
The Bulldogs broke the two all deadlock with a run in the fifth when Luke Knudtson singled and scored on Kyle Holden’s hit.
It would stay that way until the top of the seventh when the Cardinals score twice for the win.
Boyceville outhit Spring Valley nine to five but had five costly errors in the game.
Palmer suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run and five hits. He struck out four and walk the same.
Cardinals’ pitcher Sean Borderding took the complete game win.
Cooper Boesl, Luke Knudtson and Jaden Reisimer had two hits each.