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By Amber Hayden
It was a tough week for the Boyceville Lady Bulldogs as they lost four softball games to three conference teams and saw their Dunn-St. Croix and season records slip to 3-10.
Boyceville lost single games to Durand, Pepin/Alma and was swept in a doubleheader against Elk Mound.
Boyceville had a tight game last Monday, April 29, when it hosted Durand. The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first inning, but couldn’t hold it as the Panthers enjoyed a pair of three-run innings to rally for an 8-5 victory.
The Bulldogs then had a three-day respite before returning to the softball field in Pepin to take on Pepin/Alma, but again came up short in an 8-1 loss to the Eagles on Thursday, May 2.
The next day, Clare Hallum proved to be a thorn in the side of the Bulldogs during the May 3, doubleheader in Elk Mound. Hallum gave up only five hits to Boyceville over the course of two games, while the Bulldogs surrendered 31 total runs in lopsided losses of 15-1 and 16-4.
Boyceville played at home Monday, May 6, when it welcomed the Grantsburg Pirates. After a three-day break, the Bulldogs will finish the regular season with three straight conference road games beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 9, in Elmwood to take on the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves, this Friday, May 10 they are in Spring Valley and will close with a game at rival Glenwood City next Monday, May 13.
The WIAA playoffs are set to open next Thursday, May 16 with first-round regional action.
It was a tight game as Boyceville took an early lead over Durand with three runs in the bottom of the first inning in last Monday’s game at Pafko Park.
Durand, however, answered with three runs of its own in the top of the second for a 4-3 advantage and never looked back, scoring three more times in the fourth to secure a 8-5 victory over the Bulldogs in the April 29 conference softball game.
Jaida Peterson scored twice for the Bulldogs and finished with two of Boyceville’s three game hits. Peterson finished her evening with a .750 on-base percentage and a .667 batting average.
It was a tough go of things for Boyceville pitcher Hannah Johnson as she gave up seven hits to Durand, she also walked six batters and allowed seven earned runs.
Johnson did earn a run in Monday’s game finished one-of-three at the plate with an RBI and one walk.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Jensine Boesl and Ella Holden, Boesl and Holden each had one walk against the Panthers.
BOYCEVILLE 5, DURAND 8
Boyceville….….….……3 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 5
Durand….….…..…..…1 3 0 3 1 0 0 – 8
Boyceville (5) AB-H-R: Jensine Boesl 3-0-1, Jaida Peterson 3-2-2, Harper Olson 3-0-0, Emma Ouellette 4-0-0, Alyx Bloom 4-0-0, Hannah Johnson 3-1-1, Libby Bygd 3-0-0, Ella Holden 2-0-1. Total 25-3-5.
Durand (8) AB-H-R: Paige Dorwin 1-0-0, Hannah Prissel 3-1-1, Leah Sabelko 1-1-3, Madisyn Kilboten 3-0-0, Josie Radle 4-1-0, Kaitlyn Anibas 2-0-1, Jacie Kitchner 2-1-1, Addison Weiss 2-1-2, Nataya Hurlburt 4-0-0, Katelyn Schlosser 4-2-0. Total 26-7-8.
Pitching: Boyceville — Hannah Johnson 7 IP, 7 H, 7 K, 6 BB, 8 R (7 earned); Durand — Josie Radle 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 7 BB, 2 R (1 earned), Katelyn Schlosser 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 3 R (3 earned).
The Eagles scored runs in five of the game’s seven innings including two runs each in the first, second and fifth innings to beat the Bulldogs in Pepin, 8 to 1.
Pepin/Alma pitcher Erin Seifert allowed Boyceville just a single run – in the top of the seventh – and held it to only five hits.
At the time of publication, no further statistical information on the Bulldogs’ performance was available.
BOYCEVILLE 1, PEPIN/ALMA 16
Boyceville….….….……0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
Pepin/Alma.…..…..…….2 2 1 2 1 8 – 16
Pepin/Alma (2) AB-H-R: Erin Seifert 3-1-0, Kylie Brunner 4-0-0, Hailey Johnson 3-0-1, Katrina Danzinger 3-1-2, Maci Luff 2-1-1, Alyssa Kosidowski 3-2-1, Emma Brecka 2-0-3, Karis Walk 2-0-0, Julia Rud 3-0-0. Total 25-5-16.
Pitching: Pepin/Alma — Erin Seifert 7 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 R (1 earned).
Elk Mound – Game 1
The Lady Bulldogs were in the land of the Mounders last Friday, May 3 and faced the Dunn-St. Croix’s first-place squad in a doubleheader.
Behind the pitching of its ace Clare Hallum and an opportune offense, Elk Mound won both games by scores of 15-1 and 16-4.
In the opening contest, Boyceville scored four runs in the second inning after three straight walks and a single into center field to take a 4-2 advantage.
But the Mounders plated 13 runs in the bottom of that same inning and went on for the 16-4 win in five frames.
Harper Olson was the first to score for the Bulldogs after being walked on base, Olson was then sent home after Jaida Peterson was walked on base with bases loaded.
A single from Ella Holden in the second inning would earn her two RBIs as Mya Lagerstrom and Jaida Peterson scored for Boyceville.
Amber Retzloff earned one of the three hits for Boyceville when she hit a double in the first inning to Elk Mound’s center fielder Sophie Cedarblade. But Ella Holden and Jensine Boesl were unable to help Retzloff advance around the bases.
Hallum pitched just two innings for the Mounders but picked up the win after giving up all three of the Bulldogs hits and all four of their runs. McKenna Diermeier finished the final three innings for Elk Mound and did not allow a hit or run.
Boyceville senior Alyx Bloom pitched just one inning surrendering ten hits and eight runs to take the loss. Ella Holden tossed the final three frames and gave up six hits and eight runs.
Elk Mound finished with 16 hits and also took advantage of four Bulldogs errors.
ELK MOUND 16, BOYCEVILLE 4
Elk Mound.….….….…… 2 13 0 1– 16
Boyceville….….…..….0 4 0 0 0 – 4
Boyceville (4) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 2-0-1, Amber Retzloff 2-1-0, Ella Holden 3-1-0, Jensine Boesl 1-0-0, Larissa Kruger 1-0-0, Madison Andrews 1-0-0, K. Bygd 2-1-0, Emma Ouellette 2-0-0, Harper Olson 1-0-1, Alyx Bloom 2-0-1, Mya Lagerstrom 1-0-1. Total 18-3-4.
Elk Mound (16) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 4-2-2, Sophie Cedarblade 4-2-3, Hailey Blaskowski 4-3-2, Clare Hallum 4-2-2, Abby Curry 3-2-1, Issie Hollister 2-0-0, Orianna Horel 3-2-1, Morgan Radtke 1-1-0, Hannah Larson 2-2-2, Kallee Rhude 2-1-2. Total 29-17-16.
Pitching: Boyceville — Alyx Bloom 1 IP, 10 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 8 R (7 earned), Ella Holden 3 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 8 R (2 earned); Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 2 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 4 R (4 earned), McKenna Diermeier 3 IP, 0 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 0 R.
Elk Mound – Game 2
In the second game Friday evening, Boyceville was unable to get its offense going as they managed only one run to Elk Mound’s 15.
Ella Holden was in the circle for the Bulldogs and went all five innings giving up eight walks and ten hits to the Mounders as well as 15 runs with only eight of them earned.
Once again, the Mounders scored 13 times in a single inning this time it came in the bottom of the fifth. Until that time, Boyceville trailed just 2-1.
Boyceville’s only run came in the first inning when Emma Ouellette stole second base and scored on teammate Amber Retzloff ‘s single to left field. Retz finished the game with two hits against winning pitcher Clare Hallum.
The only other hit during the game came from Harper Olson in the bottom of the third inning.
Ella Holden threw all five innings for the Bulldogs and finished with four strike outs. She walked eight, surrendered 10 hits and 15 runs, 12 of which were earned.
ELK MOUND 15, BOYCEVILLE 1
Boyceville….….…..…..1 0 0 0 0– 1
Elk Mound.….….….…1 0 1 0 13– 15
Boyceville (1) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 1-0-0, Emma Ouellette 2-0-1, Ella Holden 2-0-0, Amber Retzloff 2-1-0, Jensine Boesl 2-0-0, K. Bygd 2-0-0, Alyx Bloom 2-0-0, Mya Lagerstrom 2-0-0, Harper Olson 2-1-0. Total 17-2-1.
Elk Mound (15) AB-H-R: McKenna Diermeier 1-0-2, Sophie Cedarblade 3-0-1, Hailey Blaskowski 4-2-2, Clare Hallum 3-1-2, Abby Curry 3-2-2, Issie Hollister 2-1-2, Orianna Horel 4-2-1, Hannah Larson 3-1-1, Kallee Rhude 3-1-2. Total 26-10-15.
Pitching: Boyceville — Ella Holden 5 IP, 10 H, 4 K, 8 BB, 15 R (8 earned); Elk Mound — Clare Hallum 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 R (0 earned).