By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE – It was a busy but productive week as the Bulldog sluggers won two out of three of their three home games this past week.
On Monday, April 30th, the Bulldogs hosted the Mondovi Buffaloes. It came down to the bottom of seventh inning but the Bulldogs pulled out a 7-6 victory. Head Coach Michael Roemhild stated “we played five great innings of defensive baseball for this game. Our problem was the first 2 innings.” And those were the innings where the Buffaloes scored all their runs, 1 in the first and 5 in the second. Three of those runs coming from a Buffalo home run.
It was at this point that the Bulldogs switched pitchers bringing in Bryce Boda to replace Walker Retz. Coach Roemhild admits “I don’t think we did our freshman pitcher, Walker any favors on the mound, but I give him credit for continuing to battle.” The Bulldogs were then able to get the last out of the inning. After a couple of scoreless innings from both sides the Bulldogs started their comeback in the bottom of the fifth.
Boda lead off with a long double to centerfield. He then advanced to third on a passed ball. Retz then singled, driving in Boda. Trett Joles then got a double, moving Retz to third. Cooper Boesl then hit a long double to center field driving in the two runners. Unfortunately the next three batters got out ending the inning.
The Bulldogs were able to add one more run in the sixth to tie the game at 6. After the Buffaloes failed to score in the top of the seventh, the Dawgs were down to their last at bat. Luke Knudtson lead off the inning with a single then stole second and advanced twice on passed balls to win the game.
“I’m proud of the way we didn’t give up and found a way to win,” commented Roemhid
BOYCEVILLE 7, MONDOVI 6
Mondovi…………………….1 5 0 0 0 0 0 – 6
Boyceville…………….……2 0 0 0 3 1 1 – 7
The Mounders came to town on Thursday the 3rd, ready to play. Despite the 7-2 loss to the Mounders, the Bulldogs kept it close until the fourth inning. At this point the Mounders had a 2-1 lead, 2 outs and 2 on base when Kjellberg hit a home run, increasing their lead, 5-1. Unfortunately the Mounders weren’t done scoring as they tacked on two more runs at the top of the fifth.
Trett Joles added one run at the bottom of the sixth for the Bulldogs but that’s where the scoring stopped.
“I thought Bryce pitched well for us,” stated Coach Roemhild. “He got into a little trouble in the 5th and was starting to tire. Freshman pitcher Trevor Hollister came in with bases loaded and I thought pitched great. He finished out the game for us and had a strong 6th and 7th inning. I really liked how he had control and was still showing fire and excitement into the 7th.”
Roemhild goes on to say, “Luke Knutson and Trett Joles had nice at bats for us, each gaining 2. Garrett had a nice hit to get his first Sac RBI of the year. We need to be more aggressive offensively and defensively, and I need to coach more aggressively. This loss is on me.”
BOYCEVILLE 2, ELK MOUND 7
Elk Mound…………………1 0 1 3 2 0 0 – 7
Boyceville………………….1 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 2
On Friday the Bulldogs welcomed Elmwood/ Plum City (EPC) as they competed in a non-conference game. For the Bulldogs it was a nice way to end the week with a 9-1 win.
This game also was very close at the beginning with the Bulldogs having a 2-1 lead after three and a half innings. However it was the bottom of the fourth where the Dawgs exploded, scoring five runs. They added their last two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a seemingly easy win over EPC.
Coach Roemhild praises freshman pitcher, Connor Sempf for doing a great job, pitching four solid innings. He only gave up three hits and one run while striking out six. Brady Nye then came in and finished out the game allowing only two hits. Roemhild said it was good to get Brady out there and see his arm.
“I thought for the most part our defense played well. We had 2 errors but unlike previous games they did not lead to a 5 or 6 run inning,” commented Roemhild.
Offensively, Garret Joles lead the way going 3 for 3, scoring twice, stealing three bases and adding in three RBIs. He almost had a grand slam, but it hit off the fence, scoring 3 runs and putting him on second. Little brother, Trett kept his hitting streak alive, as well driving in 2 runs.
BOYCEVILLE 9, ELMWOOD-PLUM CITY 1
Elmwood-Plum City……..0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1
Boyceville…………………..1 1 0 5 0 2 x – 9