Boyceville softball levels Mounders, exorcises the Blue Devils

Boyceville's Tyre Kostman

WINNING FORM — Sophomore Tyra Kostman fired a pitch to home plate during the Bulldogs home game against Elk Mound on May 14. Kostman pitched all seven innings, scattering nine hits and striking out five and did not allow a base on balls in getting the win. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

By Missy Klatt

The Lady Bulldog team had another busy week with three games. Monday, May 14th they defeated Elk Mound at home, Tuesday they lost to Glenwood City (please see other article for details of this game). Then on Thursday they chewed up Plum City in Plum City.

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Elk Mound

The competition was tight in the game against the Elk Mound. The Mounders got things started right away when their leadoff batter hit a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field. They then added one more run in the second before the Bulldogs put up their first run in the bottom of the second inning. Hannah Johnson scored off series of unique plays. She made it to first on a fielder’s choice was advanced to second when McKenna Weber was walked, stole third and made it home on a passed ball.

The Mounders kept a 2-1 lead and kept the Bulldogs off the bases until the fifth inning when Kanako Nakomoto and Tia Dryden crossed the plate, thanks to several passed balls and an RBI double from Jadia Peterson. The Lady Dawgs now had a 3-2 lead.

After the Mounders failed to score in the top of the sixth, the Lady Dawgs added some insurance runs at the bottom of the inning. Tyra Kostman and Johnson hit back to back singles, then Weber was walked to load the bases. Nakamoto then singled to drive in two runs. The Bulldogs weren’t quite finished as Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to drive in the last Bulldog run to take a 6-2 lead.

With two strike outs to start the seventh, it looked like the game would soon be over. The Mounders threatened to get something started with a double to centerfield but their next batter hit into an easy out at first to end the game.

After the game Head Coach, Jamie Olson said that the win was a team effort. He also enthused [this was a] “Big win for our program.”

BOYCEVILLE 6, ELK MOUND 2

Elk Mound…………………..1 1 0 0 0 0 0 – 2
Boyceville……………….….0 1 0 0 2 3 x – 6

BOY (AB-R-H): Krueger 4-0-0, Retzloff 3-0-0, Dormanen 3-0-0, Kostman 2-1-1, Johnson 3-2-1, Weber 1-1-1, Nakamoto 2-1-1, Dryden 0-1-0, Peterson 3-0-1.

Boyceville's Hannah Johnson

SOLID CONTACT — Boyceville’s Hannah Johnson put the bat on the ball during the Bulldogs’ home softball game versus Elk Mound May 14. Johnson had a hit and scored two runs in Boyceville’s 6-2 win. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Plum City

On Thursday the Bulldogs traveled to Plum City where they easily won, 14-3 in five innings. However after one inning of play, Plum City actually had a 2-0 lead. Things were soon to turn around as the Bulldogs scored three in the top of the second and never looked back. Those runs came off of hits by Kostman, Weber, Nakamoto and Emma Ouellette.

The Bulldogs continued to add runs in the third when Dormanen got on base with a single followed by Kostman who was walked and Johnson who singled to load the bases. Weber was at the plate with two strikes against her when she hit a huge double to drive in three runs. She later scored to give the Lady Dawgs a 7-2 lead.

The fourth inning was a short one for the Bulldogs as they went three and out. However Plum City added their last run of the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run from their catcher.

The Bulldogs continued their reign at the plate in the top of the fifth with seven more runs off of six hits which included doubles from Kostman, Weber and Krueger. When Plum City failed to score in the bottom of the fifth game was over due to the 10 run mercy rule.

Coach Olson remarked “We came to play, knocking out 13 hits”.  Olson credits pitcher, Tyra Kostman for shutting down a very good hitting team, allowing just three hits.

“We look forward to the playoffs,” stated Olson.  Boyceville who is seeded second in the region will face off against the winner of #7 seed, Augusta and #10 seed Spring Valley on Wednesday, May23rd.

BOYCEVILLE 14, PLUM CITY 3
Boyceville………………………0 3 4 0 7 – 14
Plum City……………….……..2 0 0 1 0 –   3

BOY (AB-R-H): Krueger 4-1-1, Retzloff 3-1-0, Dormanen 4-1-2, Kostman 3-3-2, Johnson 4-2-2, Weber 4-3-3, Nakamoto 3-1-1, Ouellette 2-0-1, Bygd 1-1-1, Peterson 2-1-0. [/emember_protected]

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