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By Amber Hayden
The Boyceville baseball squad had a rare achievement this past week.
The Bulldogs shut out all four teams they played, thanks to some stellar pitching.
Beginning last Monday, May 13 with a 11-0 blanking of rival Glenwood City, powered by Walker Retz’s no-hit performance, the Bulldogs went on to run the table, earning some revenge with a 3-0 win over Elk Mound the next day, Tuesday, May 14, behind Connor Sempf’s six-inning, 2-hit effort on the mound; that was followed by a 5-0 non-conference win in Prairie Farm on Thursday, May and capped it with another powerful pitching performance by Retz who held the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves to just a single hit in a 10-0 win in Plum City last Friday, May 17.
In the rematch between the Elk Mound Mounders and Boyceville Bulldogs, Connor Sempf shut down the Mounders offensive to help lead his team to a 3-0 win.
In Prairie Farm, things got off to a rocky start as Boyceville’s Jaden Reisimer was hurt in the first inning after he was hit by a pitch. Reisimer ended up leaving the game and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Bailey Danovsky stepped in for Reisimer and scored the first run in the Bulldogs’ 5-0 win over the Panthers in the non-conference tilt.
Walker Retz returned to the pitching mound the next day and threw only 70 pitches giving up just one hit and one walk in the 10-0 victory over the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. Brendan Sempf led the Bulldogs with a pair of hits and three stolen bases.
Those shut out wins pushed the Bulldogs’ record to 14-3 overall and 12-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix, which earned them a first-round bye in the WIAA Division 3 Tournament, just a game behind conference leader Spring Valley.
Boyceville wrapped up their regular season at home against Colfax on Monday, May 20, and will host the winner of this Thursday’s playoff game between #4 Elk Mound vs. #5 Durand in a regional semifinal contest next Tuesday, May 28.
It was a day of redemption for the Boyceville Bulldogs when they hosted Elk Mound in the pair’s second game of the season and took the win, 3-0.
Connor Sempf and Trevor Hollister handled the pitching duties for the Bulldogs.
Sempf threw six innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven and walking four to get the victory.
“Connor gave us six great innings,” said head coach Michael Roemhild. “Trevor and I had a little chat before he took the mound and he did exactly what I expected.”
Hollister struck out the first two batters and had Elk Mound’s lead off batter hit a pop fly to Walker Retz at shortstop for the final out of the game.
The first three innings were quiet for both teams until Boyceville put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a third run in the fourth inning.
Trett Joles, Walker Retz and Jaden Reisimer all scored a run a piece for the Bulldogs. Joles, Hollister and Connor Sempf each had two hits for Boyceville.
BOYCEVILLE 3, ELK MOUND 0
Boyceville….….…..…………0 0 0 2 1 0 X – 3
Elk Mound.….….….……..…0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Boyceville (3) AB-H-R: Brendan Sempf 3-0-0, Trett Joles 3-2-1, Walker Retz 3-1-1, Trevor Hollister 3-2-0, Connor Sempf 3-2-0, Jaden Reisimer 3-1-1, Jacob Granley 3-0-0, Ira Bialzik 2-0-0, Logan Knudtson 3-0-0. Total 26-8-3.
Elk Mound (0) AB-H-R: Chase Rhude 3-0-0, Ryan Bohl 2-0-0, Nate Lew 3-0-0, James Javanovich 3-0-0, Cole Steinhorst 3-0-0, Brett Lew 2-1-0, Blaze Todd 2-0-0, Ethan Kaanta 3-1-0, Cole Baskin 3-0-0. Total 24-2-0.
Pitching: Boyceville — Connor Sempf 6 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 4 BB, 0 R, Trevor Hollister 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Elk Mound — Blaze Todd 6 IP, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3 R (3 earned).
Things were quiet for the Bulldogs and Prairie Farm in the first two innings of Thursday’s game, but it did not stay that way for long as Boyceville earned their first of five runs in the third inning.
Boyceville went on to beat Prairie Farm 5-0 in seven innings.
“We had a set back right away in the first inning,” Roemhild explained. “Jaden Reisimer started off with a walk for us, then on a pick-off attempt he got hit directly in the ribs. He was able to finish the inning for us, but it was determined he needed to go to the doctor.”
Roemhild and the rest of the Bulldogs are hoping for a speedy recovery for Reisimer and that he will be ready to go come playoffs.
In the third inning, Boyceville got on track as Trett Joles hit a ground ball to Prairie Farm’s third baseman Quade Larson, but a passed ball allowed Bailey Danovsky to score and Walker Retz to advance to third base.
After five solid innings of pitching by Trevor Hollister, who struck out ten and allowed just two hits over that span to earn the win, Joles took the pitching mound in the sixth and seventh inning for the Bulldogs, this allowed Roemhild to see what options Boyceville will have during the postseason. Joles had two strikeouts and three walks credited to him and was one-of-four at the plate with a run scored.
“Pitching wise, Trevor had a dominant performance,” said Roemhild. “He only allowed two hits in five innings. Trevor’s fastball was really on, and he mixed it up with some nice off speed pitches.”
Getting two of the Bulldogs’ five hits was senior Brendan Sempf in his three at bats. He also scored a run for Boyceville.
Walker Retz scored two runs in his four at bats. Retz also took up catching duties when Trett Joles pitched.
“Offensively, we hit the ball just at their players quite a bit,” explained Roemhild. “The top part of our order got on base and was putting the ball in play. I was impressed to see Bailey Danovsky hop in for Jaden when he got hurt, Bailey was able to get on base twice for us and score the first run of the game.”
BOYCEVILLE 5, PRAIRIE FARM 0
Boyceville….….…..…..0 0 1 0 1 1 2 – 5
Elk Mound.….….….……0 0 0 0 0 0 0– 0
Boyceville (5) AB-H-R: Bailey Danovsky 1-0-1, Brendan Sempf 3-2-1, Trett Joles 4-1-1, Walker Retz 4-1-2, Trevor Hollister 3-0-0, Connor Sempf 4-0-0, Jacob Granley 3-0-0, Ira Bialzik 2-0-0, Logan Knudtson 3-0-0. Total 27-4-5.
Prairie Farm (0) AB-H-R: Tyler Glaser 4-0-0, Jacob Stewart 2-0-0, Jerek Nelson 3-1-0, Jacob Rassbach 2-1-0, Dusty Harren 2-1-0, Quade Larson 2-0-0, Justin Fowler 3-0-0, Tyler Kahl 2-0-0, Dylan Prinsin 2-0-0. Total 22-3-0.
Pitching: Boyceville — Trevor Hollister 5 IP, 2 H, 10 K, 3 BB, 0 R, Trett Joles 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 0 R; Prairie Farm — Dusty Harren 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 5 BB, 2 R (1 earned), Jerek Nelson 2 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3 R (0 earned).
Friday’s, May 17, game wasn’t the best for the Bulldogs against Elmwood/Plum City, according to coach Roemhild, but Boyceville took the win in five innings by the score of 10-0.
Walker Retz was back on the mound after a no-hitter against Glenwood City Monday, and threw all five innings giving up one hit and one walk while striking out eight batters. Retz also had one run in his three at bats after being walked on base once.
“He (Retz) only threw 70 pitches, and was throwing well,” Roemhild said. “He has had an impressive season and (has been) really good the last two outings.”
At the plate, Brendan Sempf led the Bulldogs for the second game in a row with two of his team’s four hits. He scored twice for Boyceville and had three stolen bases and two RBIs.
Bailey Danovsky was in to replace an injured Jaden Reisimer and was able to score twice on the Wolves with two RBIs and a single.
After scoring a run in the first inning, Boyceville plated nine runs in the top of the fifth as it took advantage of nine walks by Wolves pitching.
“I’m very satisfied with how this week went,” Roemhild stated. “Our goal was to go 4-0 and we did just that. On top of that we shut out all four teams, something that hasn’t been done in a while.”
BOYCEVILLE 10, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 0
Boyceville….….….…………….1 0 0 0 9 – 10
Elmwood/Plum City..…………..0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Boyceville (10) AB-H-R: Logan Knudtson 1-0-1, Trevor Hollister 3-1-1, Brendan Sempf 2-2-2, Walker Retz 3-0-1, Connor Sempf 2-0-1, Trett Joles 2-0-0, Bailey Danovsky 3-1-2, Logan Knudtson 1-0-1, Ira Bialzik 2-0-1, Jacob Granley 2-0-1. Totals 20-4-10.
Elmwood/Plum City (0) AB-H-R: Dalton Binkowski 2-0-0, Noah Gansluckner 2-0-0, Nic Forster 2-0-0, Zack Phillips 2-1-0, Basil Gilles 1-0-0, Jackson Glampe 2-0-0, Tyler Maxwell 1-0-0, Paul Schwebach 2-0-0, Bo Crownhart 2-0-0. Total 16-1-0.
Pitching: Boyceville — Walker Retz 5 IP, 1 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 0 R; EPC — Basil Gilles 4 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 5 BB, 4 R (3 earned), Noah Gansluckner 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 4 R (4 earned), Zack Hartung 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 R (2 earned).