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By Amber Hayden
AUGUSTA — It was a somber moment for the Lady Bulldogs softball team as their 2019 season came to an abrupt end in Augusta last Tuesday.
Boyceville lead early, 2-0 and 3-2, but the Augusta Beavers eventually gnawed through the Bulldogs’ defenses to score five late runs – two in the fifth and three more in the sixth – and claimed a 7-3 victory in the May 21 WIAA Division 4 softball regional semifinal game.
The Beavers playoff road dead-ended two days later when they were shut out 10-0 in the regional title game by state-ranked Glenwood City.
The Bulldogs finished with four extra base hits among its total of eight, but the Beavers tallied ten hits overall including a double and triple and took advantage of a pair of Boyceville errors.
The Bulldogs took an early lead with two scores in the top of the second inning.
Jensine Boesl hit a triple to right field and scored one play later when Emma Ouellette reached first on an error by Augusta’s first baseman.
Ouellette advanced to third base when Alyx Bloom laid down a sacrifice bunt. Ouellette gave Boyceville a 2-0 lead when she raced home to score on a ground out by teammate Harper Olson.
Augusta was quick to answer back in the bottom half of the inning when Clarisse TePaske and Hannah King scored to knot the game at two apiece.
The score would not stay that way for long.
Ella Holden hit a triple in the top of the third which scored Jaida Peterson and gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage.
It wouldn’t last.
Augusta took a 4-3 lead with two scores in the bottom of the fifth and then added three more insurance runs in the latter half of the sixth to build a 7-3 lead with an inning to play.
And that’s how the game and Boyceville’s season ended.
Amber Retzloff had two of the Bulldogs’ eight hits including a double in four at bats. Hannah Johnson also doubled for her only hit and Ella Holden tripled in her lone hit in four plate appearances. Jaida Peterson and Emma Ouellette each had a single.
Holden, who threw all six innings for Boyceville, suffered the loss after surrendering ten hits and seven runs, all earned, to Augusta. She threw 124 pitches, 75 of which were strikes, while striking out three and walking five.
With the end of the 2019 season, Boyceville had to say goodbye to three graduating seniors, – Jaida Peterson, Amber Retzloff, and Alyx Bloom.
Boyceville finished the season 4-14 overall and 4-12 in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
BOYCEVILLE 3, AUGUSTA 7
Boyceville.….….…………..…0 2 1 0 0 0 0 – 3
Augusta.….….….…………….0 2 0 0 2 3 X – 7
Boyceville (3) AB-H-R: Jaida Peterson 2-1-1, Hannah Johnson 3-1-0, Ella Holden 4-1-0, Libby Bygd 4-0-0, Amber Retzloff 4-2-0, Jensine Boesl 3-1-1, Alyx Bloom 1-0-0, Emma Ouellette 3-1-1, Harper Olson 3-1-0. Total 27-8-3.
Augusta (7) AB-H-R: Ashlyn Korger 4-2-1, Brianna Krueger 4-2-0, Megan Kunz 3-2-2, Camryn Grunewald 3-0-2, Phoenyx Knuth 4-0-0, Chloe Jacobs 2-1-0, Clarisse TePaske 3-1-1, Bella Kewin 3-1-0, Hannah King 3-1-1.
Pitching: Boyceville — Ella Holden 6 IP, 10 H, 3 K, 5 BB, 7 R (7 earned); Augusta — Camryn Grunewald 3 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 3 R (2 earned), Hannah King 4 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 R.