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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — After having a first couple of games cancelled due to weather and then the conference opener against Mondovi suspended with the score knotted at four in the bottom of the seventh, the Boyceville baseball team was finally able to get in a complete game last week.
In fact, the Bulldogs were able to play a pair of contest early last week week before Mother Nature threw the schedule into disarray once more.
Boyceville traveled to Durand to face the Panthers on Monday, April 8, and kept it close against a patient Durand Panthers team, but the aggressiveness of the Bulldogs earned them their first win of the season and in the Dunn-St. Croix conference on a 6-4 decision.
The following evening Boyceville welcomed the Pepin/Alma Eagles to Evenson Field and gained a 12-2 win that put them in a tie for first in the Dunn-St. Croix with the Spring Valley Cardinals. Both teams are 2-0.
Last evening, the Bulldogs welcomed the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves to the diamond before traveling to Spring Valley on Thursday to take on the Cardinals in a first-place showdown. Rival Glenwood City is slated to come to Evenson Field next Tuesday, April 23.
Any or all games and their locations are subject to change due to weather and/or field conditions.
Following the suspended game in Mondovi the previous Friday, the Boyceville Bulldogs made the trek south once again last Monday, April 8, as they traveled to Durand to take on the Panthers.
The Bulldogs rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to to claim a 6-4 come-from-behind victory.
“I knew Durand would be well coached and patient at the plate,” said Bulldogs’ head baseball coach Michael Roemhild. “So we had to be aggressive and score runs early and often.”
This is only the second game of the season for Boyceville after the first game held was suspended in the seventh inning due to darkness on April 5 against Mondovi.
The Bulldogs started out strong against Durand as they put up two runs in the first of the inning, but the Panthers answered back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own.
Careless mistakes and mental errors allowed Durand to score a go-ahead run in the third inning. The Panthers added another run in the fifth inning that gave them a 4-2 lead.
Walker Retz was on the mound first for the Bulldogs as he pitched 5 1/3 innings before reaching the pitch count enforced in a rule from the WIAA. Retz threw 102 pitches against Durand and had a mere four walks and an impressive 11 strikeouts, while surrendering six hits and all four Durand scores.
“Walker Retz pitched a great game giving up only one earned run,” said Roemhild. “We did not have the best defense behind him and Durand was able to take advantage of that and put up some runs.”
After Retz reached his pitch count, Brady Nye was brought in to relieve him. Nye has the ability to work his way out of sticky situations the Bulldogs get themselves into. Nye threw an inning and two-thirds to get the win.
Jaden Reisimer and Logan Knudtson saved the game for the Bulldogs as they were patient at the plate and didn’t swing to walk in one run each after the bases had been loaded in the seventh inning. Reisimer finished out the night one-of-three and Knudtson, despite an 0-for-3 night at the plate, had the RBI walk.
Walker Retz knocked in two runs on an inside the park home run, according to Roemhild. Retz is known for his speed and ability to get around the bases quickly. Retz also had a triple to finish 3-for-4 batting to led Boyceville with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Trett Joles also had a triple for his only hit in four plate appearances.
“I am just happy that no matter the score, so far these guys have fought back in both games,” said Roemhild. “It would be nice not to take every game to the seventh inning though.”
BOYCEVILLE 6, DURAND 4
Boyceville….….….……2 0 0 0 0 0 4 – 6
Durand….….…..…..…….2 0 1 0 1 0 0 – 4
Boyceville (6) AB-H-R: Ira Bialzik 0-0-1, Logan Knudtson3-0-0, Trevor Hollister 4-0-1, Jaden Reisimer 3-1-0, Brendan Sempf 4-1-1, Nick Litomsky 4-1-0, Walker Retz 4-3-2, Brady Nye 4-1-0, Connor Sempf 2-1-0, Trett Joles 4-1-1. Total 32-9-6.
Pitching: Boyceville—Walker Retz 5 1/3 IP, 11 K, 4 BB, 4 R (1 earned), Brady Nye 1 2/3 IP, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 R.
For the Bulldogs, a second game in two days was just an opportunity to gain one more win and go into the following week with a perfect season intact.
They did just that, grounding the Eagles of Pepin/Alma for a 12-2 home win in five innings.
The Bulldogs feasted on the Eagles pitching as they collected 11 hits in the contest.
As the second inning got underway, the Bulldogs put on a hitting show as the scored ten of their twelve runs with five runs each in the second and third innings.
Four Bulldogs had multiple hits in the game. Trett Joles, Connor Sempf, and Jaden Reisimer each went 2-for-3 at the plate while Trevor Hollister had a pair of hits and two RBI in four at bats. Joles had a home run and a double among his three hits and finished with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Reisimer also had a double.
The speed of Brendan Sempf proved useful in the second as he made his way to second base in record time and scored one of his two runs in that inning.
Walker Retz, Eric Loback and Jacob Granley also had singles for Boyceville with Retz scoring a pair of runs.
Retz, Joles and Nick Litomsky each had a stolen base.
Trevor Hollister started on the pitching mound for the Bulldogs and went four and two-thirds innings to earn the victory. Hollister kept the Eagles scoreless until the top of the fifth when Pepin/Alma scored both their runs, unearned, off the Boyceville sophomore. Hollister finished with eight strike outs and gave up just three walks and five hits.
Connor Sempf threw the final third of an inning to retire the Eagles in their final at bat as Boyceville picked up a run in the bottom half of the fifth to end the game at 12-2.
BOYCEVILLE 12, PEPIN/ALMA 2
Boyceville….….….……1 5 5 0 1 0 0 – 12
Pepin/Alma.…..…..…….0 0 0 0 2 0 0 – 2
Boyceville (6) AB-H-R: Jacob Granley 1-1-0, Logan Knudtson 1-0-1, Trevor Hollister 4-2-1, Jaden Reisimer 3-2-2, Brendan Sempf 3-0-2, Nick Litomsky 0-0-1, Walker Retz 4-1-2, Connor Sempf 3-2-1, Erick Loback 1-1-0, Trett Joles 3-2-2. Total 27-11-12.
Pitching: Boyceville—Trevor Hollister 4 2/3 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 2 R (0 earned), Connor Sempf 1/3 IP 0 K, 0 BB, 0 R.