by Cara L. Dempski
The Lady Bulldogs started their second-to-last week of the 2017 regular season with a loss at three-time conference champion Elk Mound.
The Monday, May 8 game saw the Boyceville ladies held scoreless over four innings before picking up five runs in the fifth.
The Mounders, however, had already chalked up 13 runs by the end of the fourth, and the Bulldogs were not able to catch up, dropping the game 14-5.
[emember_protected] Boyceville hosted Spring Valley the following day, May 9, and for a slightly better outcome, beating the Cardinals 11-1 after getting on the board early.
After a day’s respite, Boyceville headed to Elmwood for another conference match-up. The road trip ended in a Bulldog victory when the ladies scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to cop a 13-2 win over the Raiders.
The Boyceville girls ended the week with a home game against Durand. The ladies struggled to put runs on the board against the conference’s second-place squad, scoring only once in the third inning to fall to the Panthers 12-1 in five innings.
The Bulldogs entered the final week of the regular season with a 7-6 record in the Dunn-St. Croix. They took on Pepin/Alma at home May 15 and will be in Glenwood City May 16 to complete an April 25 game that was suspended due to rain before playing a full game against the Hilltoppers.
They will play their final conference game at home against Plum City on Thursday, May 18 before hosting Cadott May 19. Regional tournament play is scheduled to start May 23.
Boyceville head coach Jamie Olson made no bones about his team’s performance at Elk Mound last Monday.
“We struggled defensively all night,” Olson said. “Thirteen errors on the night really summed up the game.”
The Bulldogs struggled offensively in the May 8 game as well, as they were unable to score until the fifth inning.
The five runs they scored came after Elk Mound had already put 13 runs of their own on the scoreboard.
The Boyceville girls were not able plate any more runs in the game, and the Mounders tacked up one more run in the sixth to end the game with a 14-5 win.
The loss gave the Bulldogs a 0-2 record against Elk Mound this season.
While it took until the fifth for the Bulldogs to score, they did so in style.
Tyra Kostman reached first on a walk, went to second on Amber Retzloff’s single, made third on an error and scored on a ground out by Jaida Peterson.
Retzloff made it to third on the error and ground out before Morgan Kuhn walked to put runners at the corners.
Brooklyn Hellmann then stepped to the plate and slapped a single to score Retzloff.
Madysn Riek strided to home plate with a pair on base and unleashed a deep shot off Mounders’ hurler Clare Hallum that went over the head of the centerfielder for a three-run home run that made the score 13-5.
However, the defense could not hold the Mounders in check, and the home team scored one more run in the sixth before keeping Boyceville scoreless in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Hellmann picked up two of the Bulldogs four hits in the game while Riek finished with three RBIs off the home run – her only hit of the game. Retzloff had the other Boyceville hit.
The Mounders made the most of its 12 hits and the Bulldogs’ 13 errors to post the win.
Tyra Kostman threw 133 pitches in taking the pitching loss, She surrendered 12 hits, 14 runs, and six strikeouts in six innings on the mound.
BOYCEVILLE 5, ELK MOUND 14
Boyceville…………..0 0 0 0 5 0 0 — 5
Elk Mound…………..2 6 0 5 0 1 0 — 14
The Bulldogs got the jump on the Cardinals in their second match-up this season, and earned a regular-season series sweep against Spring Valley in 2017.
After blasting the Cardinals 18-2 in three innings early this season, Boyceville hosted the Cardinals and picked up an 11-1, five-inning win in the Tuesday, May 9 contest after leading just 4-1 at the end of the fourth.
Brooklyn Hellmann and Amber Retzloff scored the team’s first two runs on first-inning walks before Hellmann scored again the in second to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
While neither team scored in the third, Madysn Riek scored for Boyceville and Madi Stone put the Cards on the board to end the fourth with a score of 4-1.
The game heated up for the Bulldogs in the fifth as they secured the win with seven runs. Boyceville’s big frame was driven by a double by Kayla Hoff and singles from Jaida Peterson, Tori Kostman and Marissa Dormanen. Hellmann, Retzloff, Riek, McKenna Weber, Tori Kostman, Jaida Peterson and Hannah Johnson all scored runs in the fifth.
Kayla Hoff led the Bulldog offense with a pair of RBIs and a double, and Marissa Dormanen drove home a pair of runners. Retzloff recorded a run batted in and a double, while Kostman and Peterson were each credited with an RBI. In all, eight Bulldogs finished with hits although no one had more than one.
Tyra Kostman allowed just three hits and one run to get the win. She also had four strikeouts over five innings.
SPRING VALLEY 1, BOYCEVILLE 11
Spring Valley………………0 0 0 1 0 — 1
Boyceville………………….2 1 0 1 7 — 11
15 hits, an 11-run fourth inning and a solid pitching performance by freshman Tyra Kostman in which she two-hit the Raiders helped lift Boyceville to an impressive 13-2 road win in Elmwood May 11.
The Raiders, although, must have felt confident after the third inning of last Thursday’s home match-up against Boyceville.
The two teams were scoreless for the first two innings before both Elmwood and the Bulldogs got two runs off the bottom batters of their orders (Tyra Kostman and Jaida Peterson for Boyceville, and Taylin DeLong and Kendra Kern for Elmwood) to tie the game at two.
The Lady Bulldogs laid down the hammer on the Elmwood squad to open the fourth, raining down hit after hit to score 11 and take a 13-2 lead.
Boyceville kept the Raiders from scoring again in the bottom of the inning, and sent only four batters to the plate in the fifth before earning the third out and ending the game.
In the decisive fourth frame, Boyceville sent 16 batters to the plate, collecting ten hits highlighted by Madysn Riek’s three-run double. Tori Kostman, Kayla Hoff and Jaida Peterson each had a pair of hits in the inning while MaKenna Weber, Brooklyn Hellmann and Amber Retzloff each had a single. Hoff, Tori Kostman and Peterson all scored twice int eh fourth while Kostman and Peterson each tallied three runs in the contest.
Hoff, Tori Kostman and Peterson also had three hits in the game and Retzloff registered two. Riek, Retzloff and Dormanen also hit doubles.
Winning pitcher Tyra Kostman allowed just the two hits and two runs, struck out two and walked none in four innings of work inside the circle.
BOYCEVILLE 13, ELMWOOD 2
Boyceville………………..0 0 2 11 0 — 13
Elmwood…………………0 0 2 0 0 — 2
A fielding error by Durand’s defense was responsible for Boyceville’s only run in last Friday’s softball match-up between the two teams at Pafko Memorial Park.
Durand pounded out 11 hits to win 12-1 in five innings.
The moment came in the third inning with Bulldog Amber Retzloff standing at first after dinging out a single. The sophomore took off when Madysn Riek drilled a line drive into left field, where the Panthers had a hard time grabbing it. Retzloff made use of her wheels to round second and then race home after getting the wave-around from coach Jamie Olson.
It was a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster performance by the Lady Bulldogs.
Durand scored in every inning except the third, when the Boyceville girls seemed to dig in their heels and not allow any runs.
The Panthers had scored three in the first and one in the second to lead 4-0 when Retzloff got sent all the way around to score, putting the game within striking distance for the Bulldogs at 4-1.
Instead, the Panthers scored another three in the fourth inning and sent home five more runners in the fifth while holding Boyceville scoreless to end the game after five ahead 12-1.
Hitting and pitching statistics were not available for this game prior to publication.
DURAND 12, BOYCEVILLE 1
Durand……………………..3 1 0 3 5 — 12
Boyceville………………….0 0 1 0 0 — 1 [/emember_protected]