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by Marlys Kruger
For the second time this season, the Boyceville softball team defeated the Spring Valley Cardinals, this time 8-1 in Spring Valley Tuesday, June 1. Two days later, in a make-up contest against Durand, the Bulldogs came up a little short in a 5-3 loss to the Panthers, and the following day, Friday, June 4, they dropped another close game to Mondovi by the same 5-3 score.
Boyceville, 5-8 in conference and 8-11 overall, ended the regular season at home against Elk Mound on Monday, June 7 and then begins WIAA Division 4 regional play by hosting Spring Valley today (Wednesday, June 9). If the seventh-seeded Bulldogs win they would travel to the home of second-seeded Cornell/Lake Holcombe next Monday, June 14.
Although the Cardinals were winless on the season, they have been playing much better ball as of late. But, Boyceville started the game off by scoring two runs with their leadoff batter Hannah Dunn and their second batter Madison Andrews all crossing the plate. Andrews scored again in the third for a 3-0 lead and it was 4-0 after Mya Lagerstrom came home on a base hit by Hailey Hellendrung.
The Cardinals broke through for their only run of the game off Bulldog hurler Ella Holden with a double and a groundout in the bottom of the fourth. After a scoreless fifth and sixth by both teams.
The Bulldogs broke it open when Dunn came home again and Holden put the hammer down and slammed a three-run homer to bring in Libby Bygd and Kady Grambow for the seven run advantage.
Dunn led the Bulldogs with a pair of hits and scored twice, Holden had a trio of RBIs with her homerun, and Bygd, Olivia Ponath, Harper Olson, Grambow, and Andrews all drove in a run.
Holden collected another win, giving up just four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
After beating the Panthers earlier in the season with some late inning heroics, this game turned out to be another evenly played game.
Boyceville fell behind 2-1 after an inning of play as Lagerstrom singled and came home on Hellendrung’s base hit for the Bulldog’s run.
Durand scored three runs in the fourth inning while Boyceville could manage just a lone run in the fifth when Dunn singled and scored on Grambow’s single, and in the seventh, base hits from Grambow and Olson produced another run. Boyceville had two runners on the base paths but with two outs, a fly ball ended the game.
The Bulldogs pounded out nine hits in the game, two each by Dunn and Grambow, while Holden pitched a pretty strong game, striking out seven Panthers but allowing ten hits.
The Bulldogs mustered just four hits while striking out 16 times against Mondovi pitcher Abby Johnson.
Despite their hitting woes, Boyceville was down just 3-2 in the middle of the third before the Buffaloes scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
A Bulldog rally in the seventh fell short as they picked up a run but were shut down the rest of the inning.