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BOYCEVILLE — Timing is everything and the Boyceville baseball team picked the right time to get hot.
The Bulldogs closed out the regular season on a five-game winning streak capped by a 4-1 victory over the Colfax Vikings at Evenson Field last Monday, May 20.
Over that stretch, Boyceville, backed by lights out pitching and timely hitting, has earned four shut-out victories, plated 33 runs and allowed just one score by its opponents.
Unfortunately that late run came a game too late for the Bulldogs to secure a second straight Dunn-St. Croix championship.
A 3-1 loss to Spring Valley on May 10, just preceeding the start of the current victory march, left the Bulldogs to finish second in league play behind the Cardinals.
Spring Valley finished at 14-2 to win the 2019 D-SC baseball crown while Boyceville placed second at 13-3.
Trevor Hollister and Connor Sempf combined to pitch a five-hitter against the Vikings in the May 20 conference and regular season finale.
“Colfax was a much-improved team from the first game we played them,” said coach Roemhild in regard to the 23-0 win they had taken over the Vikings on April 25.
Boyceville, who finished with ten hits in the 4-1 win over Colfax, earned four runs in the first two innings.
In the first inning, Jaden Reisimer and Trett Joles scored on throwing errors while Trevor Hollister added a third score on a passed ball.
Then in the second frame, Walker Retz put the Bulldogs ahead 4-0 when he scored on yet another throwing error.
Connor Sempf started on the mound and threw for five innings to get the pitching victory. Sempf had 46 of his 64 pitches called strikes and finished with four strike outs, three hits but no runs. Trevor Hollister threw the final two innings in relief allowing two hits and a run with a pair of strikeouts and two walks.
Jaden Reisimer led the Bulldogs in hits with three in four at bats and two stolen bases. During one of his successful attempts to steal second, Reisimer slid feet first due to an injury to his ribs.
Trett Joles went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Walker Retz also doubled and scored.
Hollister, Connor Sempf, Erick Loback and Seth Wruck each had singles for the Bulldogs.
“Overall our team just went on a five-game winning streak where we only gave up one run and scored 33,” said Roemhild. “Our team ended the regular season with a 13-3 conference record and a 15-3 overall record.”
Boyceville, who drew a first-round bye as the regional’s top seed, hosted a WIAA Division 3 playoff game against either #4 Elk Mound yesterday, May 28. The Bulldogs and Mounders split their regular season games with each winning 3-0 at home. A Boyceville victory would have the Bulldogs hosting today’s (Wednesday, May 29) regional championship against the winner of the Mondovi (#3) versus Osseo-Fairchild (#2) semifinal game.
The sectional will be held next Tuesday, June 4 at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls.
BOYCEVILLE 4, COLFAX 1
Boyceville.….….……………..3 1 0 0 0 0 X – 4
Colfax….….….…………..…..0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
Boyceville (4) AB-H-R: Brenden Sempf 2-0-0, Walker Retz 3-1-1, Trevor Hollister 3-1-1, Connor Sempf 3-1-0, Dawson McRoberts 3-1-0, Trett Joles 4-2-1, Jaden Reisimer 4-3-1, Brady Nye 2-1-3, Nick Litomsky 1-0-2, Jacob Granley 2-0-0, Kaden Standaert 1-0-0, Logan Knudtson 2-0-0, Nathan Stuart 1-1-0. Total 28-10-4.
Colfax (1) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 3-0-0, Bryce Sikora 4-1-0, George Scharlau 3-1-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-0, Mitch Harmon 3-0-1, Chris Scharlau 3-0-0, Jamison Flatland 3-1-0, Sawyer Best 3-1-0, Zac Rindy 2-1-0. Total 27-5-1.
Pitching: Boyceville — Connor Sempf 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 R, Trevor Hollister 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 R (0 earned); Colfax — Drew Gibson 3 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4 R (4 earned), Jamison Flatland 3 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R.