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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The softball season hasn’t gotten off to a great start for the Boyceville Bulldogs as they suffered two more losses in the Dunn-St. Croix last week, falling at home to Durand and Pepin/Alma.
It was a tough outing for the Bulldogs last Monday, April 8 when they welcomed the Durand Panthers to Andy Pafko Memorial Park. The Panthers scored runs in five of the seven innings including six in the third, three in the sixth and two runs each in the first, third and fourth frames to beat the Bulldogs 15-8 in an error-filled contest.
The following day, Tuesday, April 9, Boyceville once again played host as it welcomed the Pepin/Alma Eagles to Pafko Park. In a hit fest that featured 28 hits – 16 of which belonged to the Bulldogs, the Eagles outlasted their hosts for a tight 14-13 win.
Pepin/Alma hurler Erin Seifert out dueled Boyceville’s Hannah Johnson, who threw 144 pitches, to take the mound win.
Boyceille slipped to an 0-3 start with last week’s two losses.
Games that were to take place on April 12 and 13 were postponed for the time being due to the winter storm that blew through on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11.
The Bulldogs hosted their third consecutive game when Elmwood/Plum City was in Boyceville yesterday, April 16. Boyceville will head to Spring Valley this Thursday, April 18 before returning home to host rival and conference-leader Glenwood City next Tuesday, April 23.
All games and locations are subject to change due to field conditions and the weather.
The Bulldogs hosted the Durand Panthers last Monday evening, April 8 and struggled to find a way to get on base in the early innings as they took a 15-8 loss.
Hannah Johnson pitched a solid game for Boyceville with four strikeouts but gave up ten walks and seven hits that helped the Panthers score 15 runs. Johnson went one-of-four at the plate (a double) with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Libby Bygd and Ella Holden each had two of the Bulldogs seven hits in the game. Holden hit a home run and finished with three RBIs while Libby Bygd had two RBIs and a double
Jaida Peterson also had a double and scored two runs .
The Panther’s Hannah Prissel was tough to keep quiet as she put up three of the fifteen runs for Durand, Prissel had two hits and a walk against the Bulldogs and a single RBI. Nataya Hurlburt also had two hits for the Panthers who edged the Bulldogs, eight hits to seven.
Durand’s Katelyn Schlosser took the pitching win after giving up all seven hits and eight runs to the Bulldogs.
BOYCEVILLE 8, DURAND 15
Boyceville….….….……3 0 0 0 1 4 0 – 8
Durand….….…..…..…….2 6 2 2 0 3 0 – 15
Boyceville (8) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 2-1-2, Harper Olson 2-0-0, Amber Retzloff 2-0-2, Emma Ouelette 3-0-0, Alyx Bloom 4-0-0, Kady Grambow 2-0-0, Hannah Johnson 4-1-2, Libby Bygd 3-2-0, Emma Bygd 4-1-1, Ella Holden 4-2-1, Jensine Boesl 1-0-0. Total 31-7-8.
Durand (15) AB-H-R: Paige Dorwin 4-0-1, Hannah Prissel 4-2-3, Leah Sabelko 0-0-2, Olivia Breidung 0-0-1, Madisyn Kilboten 4-1-3, Josie Radle 3-0-2 Kaitlyn Anibas 4-1-2, Jacie Kitchner 2-1-0, Addison Weiss 0-0-1, Nataya Hurlburt 3-2-0, Katelyn Schlosser 2-1-0. Total 27-8-15.
Pitching: Boyceville— Hannah Johnson 6 IP, 4 K, 10 BB, 15 R (10 earned); Durand— Josie Radle 1 1/3 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Katelyn Schlosser 5 2/3 IP, 2 K, 3 BB, 8 R (7 earned).
The start of the second game for the Bulldogs started much like the night before as the Eagles totaled five runs in the first inning to the Bulldogs two.
Boyceville plated four runs in the second and two more in the third to grab an 8-5 lead. But the Eagles soared to the 14-13 win with nine runs in the final four frames despite a valiant, late-innings comeback attempt by Boyceville.
The Bulldogs did manage to out hit the Eagles 16 to 12 but also committed four errors compared to two by the visitors.
Hannah Johnson was on the mound for the second evening in a row and had a bit of a rough time in the first putting up a majority of her eight walks in that inning. Johnson did get three batters by way of strikeout and only eight of the 14 runs were earned.
Boyceville did silence the Eagles in the second and third inning as the Bulldogs added six runs to their total, two of which came from Johnson who managed to help out at the plate for Boyceville gaining two hits and two runs for the Bulldogs.
Trailing by three runs going into the fourth inning, Pepin/Alma scored in each the remaining innings including three in the fifth and sixth frames and a pair in the seventh.
Boyceville tried to rally with two in the sixth and three in the bottom of the seventh but fell a run short.
Ella Holden led the Bulldogs in hits with three including a double in five trips to the plate.
Amber Retzloff and Jaida Peterson each had two hits in their four plate appearances and scored three runs for the Bulldogs. Peterson also knocked in two RBIs and had a double among her two hits.
Hannah Johnson also had two hits for the Bulldogs along with Libby and Emma Bygd. Libby Bygd and Johnson finished with three RBIs.
Amber Retzloff, Emma Ouelette and Alyx Bloom each had singles.
BOYCEVILLE 13, PEPIN/ALMA 14
Boyceville….….….……2 4 2 0 0 2 3 – 13
Pepin/Alma…..…..…….5 0 0 1 3 3 2 – 14
Boyceville (13) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 4-2-3, Amber Retzloff 4-2-3, Hannah Johnson 5-2-2, Ella Holden 5-3-0, Libby Bygd 5-2-0, Kady Grambow 5-1-0, Emma Ouellette 5-1-1, Alyx Bloom 3-1-2, Emma Bygd 4-2-2. Total 40-16-13
Pepin/Alma (14) AB-H-R: Katrina Dangzinger 3-1-1, Maci Luff 4-1-1, Kylie Brunner 3-1-2, Emma Brecka 2-2-1, Alyssa Kosidowski 5-2-3, Addison Olson 4-1-1, Hailey Johnson 4-0-1, J. Rudd 4-1-2, Erin Seifert 4-1-2. Total 34-10-14
Pitching: Boyceville—Hannah Johnson 7 IP, 3 K, 8 BB, 14 R (8 earned); Pepin/Alma— Erin Seifert 7 IP, 5 K, 3 BB, 13 R (11 earned).