By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE – The Lady Bulldog softball team played host to the Colfax Vikings on April 30th in the first of three games for the week. For the Bulldogs it was a successful start to the week with a 10-0 win over the Vikings.
For Colfax a mere 20 batters even made it to the plate in the six inning game as Tyra Kostman pitched a no hitter, walking one and hitting one. Coach Olson said “her performance was outstanding and fun to sit back and watch.”
The Bulldogs got things started in the first inning. With one out, Amber Retzloff walked, followed by Marissa Dormanen who doubled. Taylor Grambow then took first base on four pitches to load the bases. Retzloff then scored on a passed ball while the other runners advanced. Dormanen then scored on another passed ball as Kostman was walked. Grambow then stole home and Kostman stole second before the last two outs of the inning. The Bulldogs now had a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Dawgs came on strong again in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs while batting around. With the bases loaded, Colfax brought in a new pitcher who struck out the first two batters she faced. Then she walked Emma Oulette, forcing in one run. Kylie Kruger then hit a nice shot up the middle to send Kostman and McKenna Weber across the plate. Krueger then stole second to put runners at second and third. Amber Retzloff hit a double to clear the bases and bring the score to 8-0 before Dormanen was out at first for the last out of the inning.
The Bulldogs were able to put the game away in the sixth, only needing two more runs to win by the mercy rule. Those two runs came as Grambow and Weber scored, thanks to RBIs from Jaida Peterson and Kanako Nakamoto.
“Our defense did not commit an error and we found ways to manufacture runs with timely hitting. Overall, it was a great day for Boyceville softball,” commented Olson.
BOYCEVILLE 10, COLFAX 0
Boyceville……………………3 0 5 0 0 2 – 10
Colfax…………………………0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): Krueger 3-1-1, Retzloff 3-1-0, Dormanen 4-1-1, Grambow 2-3-1, Kostman 3-1-1, Weber 3-2-0, Johnson 3-0-0, Peterson 4-0-1, Oulette 1-1-0, Nakamoto 1-0-1.
Thursday’s game was held in Mondovi and once again the Lady Dawgs found success as they beat the Buffaloes 14-9 in what Coach Olson called a slug fest. He continued by saying “Our defense let us down a bit, but they came to hit. I was impressed with our girls’ resilience throughout the game. We continued to battle and find ways to score runs with hustle and some big hits produced by Tyra Kostman, Kyle Krueger, Amber Retzloff and Marissa Dormanen. Everyone contributed in the hard fought win.
At the end of the first inning, Mondovi had a slight lead at 2-1. Hannah Johnson got the action started at the top of the second with a triple. Additional hits from Krueger, Retzloff and Dormanen allowed the Bulldogs to score four runs in the second, taking a 5-2 lead. However the Lady Buffs came back in the third to score six runs, taking the lead back at 8-5.
The Bulldogs tacked on one more run in the fourth and fifth innings while holding off the Buffaloes. They then pulled ahead in the top of the sixth when Retzloff and Dormanen scored off of RBIs from Grambow and Kostman. Unfortunately the Buffaloes tied things up at 9 in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bulldogs batted around in the top of the seventh scoring five unanswered runs to take the game 14-9.
BOYCEVILLE 14, MONDOVI 9
Boyceville…………………1 4 0 1 1 2 5 – 14
Mondovi………………….2 0 6 0 0 1 0 – 9
BOYCEVILLE (AB-R-H): Krueger 5-3-3, Retzloff 5-3-3, Dormanen 5-3-3, Grambow 4-1-0, Kostman 3-0-2, Weber 5-1-1, Johnson 4-1-1, Peterson 4-0-0, Ouelette 4-2-1.
On Friday the Bulldogs played host to the Pepin Lakers. In this low scoring, tightly matched game the Bulldogs were the first to get on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Kylie Krueger was walked and then Amber Retzloff was hit by a pitch to give the Lady Dawgs two base runners. Dormanen then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to advance the runners. Tyra Kostman then hit a single to drive in Krueger from third. Taylor Grambow was next up for the Bulldogs and while she was batting, Retzloff was able to steal home for the Bulldogs’ second run of the game.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs this was also to be their last run of the game. The Bulldogs were able to hold the Lakers scoreless until the sixth inning when they picked up one run. Then in the top of the seventh they added two more runs. The Bulldogs went three and out in the bottom of the seventh thus ending the game on a losing note 2-3.
“It was a great high school softball game, both teams played exceptionally well”, stated Coach Olson, “unfortunately, getting that 3rd out in the seventh was tough for us. Tyra pitched another solid game, she continues to get better every night out. Our defense was good up until the 7th inning, we will learn from those mistakes and in the end it will make us better.”
BOYCEVILLE 2, PEPIN 3
Boyceville…………………..2 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 2
Pepin…………………………0 0 0 0 0 1 2 – 3