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By Amber Hayden
Boyceville’s quest for an unbeaten conference and regular season came to an end last Friday at Evenson Field.
The Bulldogs lost their first game of the 2019 baseball campaign, a 7-4 set back to Mondovi. The game, which began on April 5 but was suspended due to darkness with the score knotted at four all in the bottom of the seventh, was completed April 26 when Mondovi traveled to Boyceville for the second game in the home-and-home conference season series.
When the suspended contest resumed last Friday, Boyceville retired Mondovi in the seventh and the teams played a scoreless eighth frame. But, in the bottom of the ninth, the Buffaloes got a three-run homer to take the 7-4 win.
In the second game, Walker Retz and Connor Sempf combined to throw a two-hit shut out of the Buffaloes. Boyceville made the most of its six hits as it won 5-0.
Earlier in the week, Boyceville beat rival Glenwood City 10-2 at home last Tuesday, April 23 and followed it up with a five-inning, 23-0 shellacking of host Colfax on Thursday, April 25. The Bulldogs ability to be aggressive at the plate and swing at pitches in the zone led to a 19-run second inning for Boyceville.
The Bulldogs, 7-1, were tied atop the D-SC Valley prior the Monday, April 29 home game against Durand. Boyceville will finish out the remainder of its regular season schedule on the road which began yesterday with a game in Pepin against the Pepin/Alma Eagles. The Bulldogs will continue their road trip with a game in Elk Mound this Friday, May 3 followed by a May 6 non-conference game in Grantsburg.
It was a complete blowout for the Bulldogs in their game against Colfax last Thursday, April 25, as the Bulldogs collected 15 hits in the 23-0 win.
“It is what I had been expecting from our team hitting the ball,” said head coach Michael Roemhild. “We were aggressive at the plate, yet swung at pitches in our zone.”
The second inning belonged to the Bulldogs as it was started off with a walk from Brady Nye and then again from Nick Litomsky. A quick pitching change by the Vikings brought up Brendan Sempf and a wild pitch allowed Nye to make it a 4-0 game.
The Bulldogs were walked nine times in the second inning and Jaden Reisimer reached first base on a throwing error from Colfax’s shortstop Bryce Sikora. Boyceville went on to tally 19 runs in that second-inning explosion.
The game came to a close after five innings and a solo home run from Connor Sempf, who finished 4-for-4 batting with two RBIs and four runs scored.
Besides Connor Sempf’s four-hit performance, Logan Knutson tallied three hits as did Trevor Hollister. Brendan Sempf finished with a pair in four at bats.
Walker Retz pitched one inning of scoreless and hitless ball to get the win, Jacob Granley threw three innings and gave up three of the Vikings four hits while Brendan Sempf worked an inning giving up just one hit.
BOYCEVILLE 23, COLFAX 0
Boyceville.….….……3 19 0 0 1 – 23
Colfax….….….….….. 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Boyceville (23) AB-H-R: Brendan Sempf 4-2-2, Walker Retz 3-1-3, Trevor Hollister 4-2-3, Connor Sempf 4-4-4, Trett Joles 4-1-2, Jaden Reisimer 4-1-1, Brady Nye 2-1-3, Nick Litomsky 1-0-2, Jacob Granley 1-0-0, Logan Knudtson 3-3-3, Eric Loback 1-0-0. Total 31-15-23.
Colfax (0) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 3-0-0, Bryce Sikora 2-1-0, George Scharlau 3-0-0, Drew Gibson 3-1-0, Mitch Harmon 3-1-0, Christ Scharlau 1-0-0, Jamison Flatland 2-0-0, Sawyer Best 2-0-0, Zac Rindy 2-1-0. Total 21-4-0.
Pitching: Boyceville — Walker Retz 1 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Jacob Granley 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Brendan Sempf 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Colfax — George Scharlau 1 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 6 R (5 earned), Zac Rindy 0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 3 R (3 earned), Caden Erickson 4 IP, 10 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 14 R (9 earned)
Mondovi (Conclusion of April 5 game)
The first of two games held last Friday in Boyceville was the continuation and conclusion of the April 5 game between the Bulldogs and Buffaloes that had been suspended due to darkness with the game knotted at 4-4.
The game resumed in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and third for Mondovi and its lead hitter at the plate.
“We had talked throughout the day and Walker (Retz) wanted the ball, and I agreed with him,” Roemhild explained. “He was able to get us out of the bottom of the seventh and pitched a great eighth for us.”
Retz finished the first game with seven strikeouts and three walked batters while giving up only three earned runs. Retz was also one-of-four from the plate with two RBIs.
Trett Joles was solid for Boyceville going one-of-three at the plate with a run, one hit, and was walked on base twice.
Mondovi won the game with one swing in the bottom of the ninth.
The Buffs Tanner Marsh connected for a three-run homer that gave Mondovi he 7-4 win and an put an end to the Bulldogs unbeaten streak.
“We knew we let the game sneak away in Mondovi, but I will also give them credit,” Roemhild said. “Jackson Falkner pitched a great game for them and Tanner Marsh had a nice swing.”
BOYCEVILLE 4, MONDOVI 7
Boyceville.….….……0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 – 4
Mondovi….….….…..1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 – 7
Boyceville (4) AB-H-R: Brendan Sempf 3-0-1, Trett Joles 3-1-1, Walker Retz 4-1-0, Trevor Hollister 4-1-1, Connor Sempf 2-0-0. Jaden Reisimer 3-0-0, Brady Nye 4-0-0, Nick Litomsky 2-0-1, Logan Knudtson 4-1-0. Total 29-4-4.
Mondovi (7) AB-H-R: Tanner Marsh 5-2-2, Ryan Fath 4-1-0, Jackson Falkner 5-1-0, Raith Bauer 4-2-1, Cody West 3-1-0, Nolan Seipel 5-0-0, Wyatt Falkner 3-2-2, Jase Meyer 1-0-0, Karter Johnson 2-0-0, Dylan Vollmer 0-0-1, Ashton Fedle 0-0-1. Total 32-9-7.
Pitching: Boyceville — Connor Sempf 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 7 BB, 3 R (3 earned), Trevor Hollister 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 0 R, Walker Retz 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 4 R (3 earned); Mondovi — Jackson Falkner 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 5 BB, 1 R (1 earned), Raith Bauer 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 R (2 earned), Ryan Fath 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 R (1 earned).
The second game of the night belonged to Boyceville as it was able to take away the win 5-0 to remain tied with Spring Valley for first in the D-SC.
“It took us a couple of innings of feeling sorry for ourselves until we started to play some ball,” Roemhild said.
Trett Joles scored twice for the Bulldogs and managed a hit and an RBI as well as being walked once. Joles also had two stolen bases against the Buffaloes.
Logan Knutson had two of the Bulldogs’ six hits while Jaden Reisimer, Connor Sempf and Trevor Hollister each added a hit for Boyceville who plated four runs in the fifth inning.
Reisimer had two RBIs, Sempf had one RBI and Hollister had a run and a walk.
Connor Sempf went five innings to get the pitching victory while Walker Retz threw two frames. Each surrendered just one hit and a walk to Mondovi. Sempf finished with seven strike outs.
BOYCEVILLE 5, MONDOVI 0
Boyceville.….….……0 0 0 1 4 0 X– 5
Mondovi….….….…..0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Boyceville (5) AB-H-R: Brendan Sempf 3-0-1, Walker Retz 3-0-1, Trett Joles 2-1-2, Trevor Hollister 3-1-1, Connor Sempf 3-1-0, Jaden Reisimer 2-1-0, Brady Nye 3-0-0, Jacob Granley 3-0-0, Logan Knudtson 3-2-0.
Mondovi (0) AB-H-R: Tanner Marsh 3-1-0, Ryan Fath 3-0-0, Jackson Falkner 3-0-0, Raith Bauer 3-1-0, Nolan Seipel 2-0-0, Cody West 3-0-0, Drew Everson 3-0-0, Wyatt Falkner 3-0-0, Dylan Vollmer 1-0-0. Total 24-2-0.
Pitching: Boyceville — Connor Sempf 5 IP, 1 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 R, Walker Retz 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Mondovi — Jackson Falkner 4 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 R (0 earned), Raith Bauer 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 4 R (4 earned), Ryan Fath 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 R.