By Cara L. Dempski
DURAND — In a pitching dual, the winning team is the one who can perform the best at the plate.
At least, that was the case in Boyceville’s 3-1 loss at Durand April 13.
[emember_protected] James Palmer went five innings on the mound, throwing 84 pitches and surrendering six hits and two runs while registering six strikeouts and only one walk.
Brady Nye relieved Palmer in the final two innings, and took a hit and a run in just 20 pitches.
But the Panthers’ pitching combination of starter Josh Biesterveld and reliever Isaiah Whitman proved to be just a bit better. Biesterveld went the first five innings, holding the Bulldogs scoreless, giving up just three hits while striking out five. Whitman allowed just two hits and a run in the final two innings.
Senior Micadin Kahl was credited with the Bulldogs’ only run in the game, after Palmer sent him home on a line drive double in the seventh.
Durand scored twice in the third on a Schlusser double and once in the sixth.
Junior Luke Knudtson took credit for two hits in three trips to the plate, but never made it further than first base. Kahl, Palmer and Cooper Boesl all recorded hits, but Kahl was the only one to make it all the way around.
The Bulldogs took a four-day break for the Easter holiday before traveling to Alma April 18 for a meeting with the Eagles. They head to Mondovi April 21, and will take on Plum City at home April 24.
Boyceville is 1-2 overall and has a Large Dunn-St. Croix record of 0-1.
BOYCEVILLE 1, DURAND 3
Boyceville……………0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1
Durand………………..0 0 2 0 0 1 0 — 3 [/emember_protected]