By Missy Klatt
The Bulldog baseball team finally took to the field on Monday, April 23rd when they traveled to Durand for a meeting with the Panthers. For the Bulldogs it was also their first loss of the season as they fell to the Panthers 8-2.
Despite the loss, head coach Michael Roemhild commented “I was happy with a lot of things I saw. I felt like our guys came to the plate confident against Josh Biesterveld, who is a very good pitcher.”
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the first but by the bottom of the second the Panthers had the game tied up but they didn’t stop there, scoring two runs in the third and fourth innings while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless until the top of the fifth when Luke Knudtson scored Boyceville’s only other run of the game. The Panthers went on to score three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Coach Roemhild had praise for his players by saying “I liked what I saw with some defensive plays. Kyle Holden had a nice diving catch and throwing a force out at second from left field. Trett Joles had a nice catch, running into the fence full speed for an out. Jaden Reisimer made a nice cut to Walker Retz who threw the runner out at 3rd.” He goes on to say that “overall we had some costly errors that didn’t help [our pitchers] Bryce and Trevor. We looked like a team that was playing their first game.”
BOYCEVILLE 2, DURAND 8
Boyceville……………………1 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 2
Durand……………………….0 1 2 2 3 0 0 – 8
BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): B. Boda 3-0-2, T. Hollister 1-0-0, J. Reisimer 3-1-0, B. Sempf 2-0-0, J. Gonzales 3-0-1,W. Retz, 3-0-1, C. Boesl 4-0-1, L. Knudtson 4-1-1, K. Holden 3-0-0, T. Joles 3-0-1.
On Tuesday, April 24th the Bulldogs suffered a similar loss on the road. Losing 8-4 to the Mondovi Buffaloes. The Bulldogs got off to a good start when their leadoff batter, Jaden Reisimer, hit a nice single and later scored. With two outs the Dawgs had the bases loaded but couldn’t capitalize and ended the inning with just the one run.
The Buffaloes were able to score three runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some mistakes made by the Bulldogs. With Brandon Sempf scoring in the second and Kyle Holden in the third the Bulldogs now had a tie ball game at 3-3. That’s where the score stayed until the bottom of the sixth when the Buffaloes were able to score five runs due to walks, one nice hit and some errors by the Bulldogs.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Trett Joles took first base on four balls, he later scored after a couple of more walks and a batter being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded the Bulldogs again failed to score any more runs and ended the game with an 8-4 loss.
Coach Roemhild had a lot to say about the game, some bad but mainly good. “Our defense didn’t look comfortable all day and at times it showed. Mondovi has a nice hitting team, and we just played flat. We had plenty of chances to put them away. After we tied them up in the 3rd we had several chances to put plenty of runs on the board, but had base running errors and didn’t take a good approach at the plate.”
Roemhild goes on to praise his pitchers stating that as a freshman, Walker Retz was able to keep his composure on the mound. He also states that Brady Nye came in for Walker and pitched very well. Some other positives for Roemhild: Trett Joles caught a good game, and got on base three out of four times. Walker had a nice hit and a diving catch. Kyle Holden had another diving catch. Cooper Boesl made a nice bare hand throw from 3rd. Brendan Sempf had a nice diving stop at shortstop.
Roemhild sums up the game stating “We just made too many mental mistakes on the offensive side of the ball, and a few costly errors on defense.”
BOYCEVILLE 4, MONDOVI 8
Boyceville……………………1 1 1 0 0 0 1 – 4
Mondovi……………………..3 0 0 0 0 5 x – 8
BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): J. Reisimer 5-1-1, W. Retz 5-0-1, C. Boesl 1-0-1, L. Knudtson 4-0-1, K. Holden 3-1-0, T. Joles 0-1-0, B. Boda 2-0-1, B. Sempf 0-1-0, J. Gonzales 3-0-0, Hollister 1-0-0, B. Nye 0-0-0.
Pitching: W. Retz, 2 IP, 3 SO, 2 BB, 5 H, 3 R (1 earned). B. Nye (L), 4 IP, 1 SO, 4BB, 2 H, 5R (4 earned), 2 balks.
On a cold, windy Friday (the 27th), the Bulldogs headed to Elmwood for their first conference game against Elmwood/ Plum City (EPC). It perhaps wasn’t the prettiest game but the Bulldogs pulled out the win in extra innings with a score of 12-4.
The Bulldogs once again took an early lead scoring two runs in the second but EPC soon tied things up and pulled ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning. The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the sixth to tie the game at four. EPC then went three and out at the bottom of the sixth as did Boyceville at the top of the seventh.
The Bulldogs were able to keep EPC from scoring in their half of the seventh, forcing the game into extra innings. Seems eight was a lucky number for the Bulldogs in the eighth inning as the first eight batters up for the Bulldogs were also the eight that scored. Now it was time for EPC to come from behind. However after only four batters made it up to the plate, the game was over and EPC failed to score any additional runs.
After the game coach Roemhild had this to say, “Our defense I thought played pretty well, and our pitchers did a nice job. The main reason we went into extra innings was walking batters and offensively not taking good at bats. We only gave up 2 hits as a pitching unit while striking out 14 batters. Most days that is GREAT! Today though we had 2 errors and walked 5 batters in one inning, which made us have to come from behind in the 6th to tie up the ball game.”
Roemhild gives his younger players credit, saying that they really stepped up against EPC. “Connor Sempf came into a very tough situation in the third inning but worked his way out and pitched well. Trevor Hollister pitched the last 3 innings and got his first career ‘W’ as a varsity pitcher. Trett Joles once again caught an amazing game behind the plate, and had a good day at the dish as well. He had a couple of hits, stole 3 bases and scored 3 runs. Brendan Sempf who is a sophomore played through getting cleated at 2nd base and had 4 RBIs for us.”
The Bulldogs are hoping to run this success into their next three games which will be at home.
BOYCEVILLE 12, EPC 4
Boyceville……………….0 2 0 0 0 2 0 8 – 12
EPC……………………….0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 – 4
Pitching: Boda 2.1 IP, 5 SO, 4 BB, 1 H, 4 R(3 earned); C. Sempf 2.2 IP, 5 SO, 3 BB, 1 H, 0 R; Hollister (W) 3 IP, 4 SO, 2 BB, 0 H, 0 R.