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Boyceville softball opens season with a win

By Missy Klatt

It was a long time coming but the Lady Bulldog softball team finally opened their season on April 23rd at Glenwood City with an 8-5 victory over the Hilltoppers.

It was a scoreless game until the fifth inning when Kanako Nakamoto got a leadoff single to get things rolling for the Bulldogs. Alyx Bloom followed with another single giving the Dawgs two runners on base. After a pop out by Kylie Krueger, Amber Retzloff walked to load the bases. Marissa Dormanen then came to bat and hit a double driving in two runs. The Hilltoppers were then able to get the last two outs of the inning.

The bottom of the sixth had the Toppers tying the score at two. However the Bulldogs came on strong in the top of the seventh scoring 6 runs off of 5 hits, including a triple from McKenna Weber that scored three runs. During the bottom of the seventh, the Hilltoppers were threating to tie things up again but were only able to score three more runs before the Bulldogs shut them down.

Boyceville……………………0 0 0 0 2 0 6 – 8
Glenwood City……………..0 0 0 0 0 2 3 – 5

BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): K. Krueger 4-1-2, A. Retzloff 2-1-1, M. Dormanen 3-1-2, H. Johnson 4-1-0, T. Kostman 3-1-1, M. Weber 4-1-1, J. Peterson 4-0-1, K. Nakamoto 2-1-1, S. Dunn 1-0-0, Bygd 2-0-0, Bloom 2-1-1. Totals 31-8-10.


On Thursday, April 26th the Lady Dawgs had their home opener as they hosted the Vikings of Colfax. The Vikings came to play and scored two runs in the first and another in the third before the Bulldogs even got on the board.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs finally crossed the plate. Lead batter, McKenna Weber was walked and later scored off an RBI from Amber Retzloff. Kylie Krueger who also got on base with a walk scored thanks to an RBI from Marissa Dormanen. But two runs were all that the Bulldogs could muster for the game. The Vikings exploded in the sixth inning scoring 16 runs. The Bulldogs failed to score in the bottom of the sixth thus ending the game with the Vikings winning 19-2.


Colfax………………………..2 0 1 0 0 16 – 19
Boyceville……………….….0 0 0 0 2  0 –   2


On Friday, April 27th the Lady Dawgs traveled to Durand to face the Panthers in their first conference game of the season. What a difference a day can make as the Bulldogs came out on top with a score of 4-2.

Leadoff batter, Kylie Krueger got things started with a double and later scored with an RBI from Taylor Grambow, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. The Panthers failed to score in both the first and second inning. The Bulldogs who didn’t put any runs up in the second inning came back in the third with two runs thanks to Grambow who hit a home run with Marissa Dormanen on base.

The Panthers then scored their first run in the bottom of the third. Neither team scored in the fourth. In the fifth with two outs, Grambow hit a double. She then scored as Tyra Kostman hit a single into left field. Amber Weber and Hannah Johnson each hit singles to load the bases. Unfortunately that’s where they stayed as the Panthers got the easy out at first to retire the side.

The Panthers then added one more run in the bottom of the fifth but that was to be all the scoring as the Bulldogs won their first conference game.

The Bulldogs racked up 11 hits from eight different batters. McKenna Weber had one stolen base. Pitcher Tyra Kostman, pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs while striking out 8 and walking one.

Boyceville……………………1 0 2 0 1 0 0 – 4
Durand……………………….0 0 1 0 1 0 0 – 2

BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): T. Grambow 4-2-3, H. Johnson 4-0-1, J. Peterson 3-0-1, E. Oulette 3-0-1, M. Weber 4-0-2, K. Krueger 4-1-1, M. Dormanen 4-1-1, A. Retzloff 4-0-0  T. Kostman 4-0-1. Totals: 34-4-11.