GLENWOOD CITY — Boyceville collected nine hits and scored runs in five of the seven innings to topple rival Glenwood City on its home field, 14-4, in an error-filled conference and season finale for both squads.
The Bulldogs, who finished third in the large Dunn-St. Croix with 7-6 record and are 8-8 in all games, committed four errors but were outdone in that category by Glenwood City who finished with seven errors in the loss that dropped them to 3-10 and a fourth-place finish in the small D-SC and 3-15 overall.
The two teams, who hadn’t met all season until Monday’s contest, will square off again this Thursday when the Toppers travel to Boyceville to face the Bulldogs in the opening round of WIAA Division 3 Regionals. Glenwood City received number five seed in the regional bracket while Boyceville was tabbed fourth.
The winner will face large conference runner-up Elk Mound, who has a first-round bye, in next Tuesday’s regional semifinals. The regional final will be held Wednesday, June 1.
James Palmer earned the pitching victory with a strong seven innings of work as he overcame his defenses own shortcoming by striking out eight Toppers and scattering seven hits. The junior walked two batters.
Senior Joel Ormson was saddled with the Toppers’ loss.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Toppers in the top of the first to score four runs. They had just two hits in the inning but took advantage of a couple of Glenwood City errors.
Nick Schone doubled with two outs in the bottom of the first and scored when Damian Hoitomt singled to make it 4-1.
But the Bulldogs just kept coming and capitalized on the Hilltoppers’ defensive misques.
Boyceville added a run in the third without the aid of a hit and had a pair of runs in the fifth as Kyle Holden doubled and scored.
The Toppers cut their deficit to 7-4 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth frame. Tanner Davis slapped a lead-off single and later scored. Bruce Fayerweather walked and Peter Hill reached on a Boyceville error. Both runners scored on Nick Schone’s single.
But Boyceville delivered its biggest blow in the sixth as it batted around and scored five times. Micadin Kahl, Hunter Anderson, and Jaden Reisimer each singled and Luke Knudtson hit a double in a couple of runs.
Boyceville tacked on two more in the top of the seventh for a 14-4 lead and Palmer retired the Toppers in the bottom half of the inning for the win.
Hunter Anderson finished with a pair of hits to lead the Bulldogs while Glenwood City senior Nick Schone went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.