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GLENWOOD CITY — Boyceville scored early and often when it renewed its softball rivalry with Glenwood City last Friday, May 6.
The Bulldogs collected 16 hits leading to a 24-11, five-inning rout of the host Hilltoppers and a sweep of the season series. Boyceville had beaten Glenwood City 7-3 a few weeks earlier.
Boyceville jumped all over their hosts scoring runs in all five of the game’s innings including four in the first, second and fourth innings, another seven in the third inning and finally five in the fifth.
Glenwood City scored in every inning too but it was playing catch-up from the beginning and never could catch-up.
Boyceville put four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first aided by some walks and passed balls. Ella Holden, who went the distance for the Bulldogs’ in the pitching circle, hit a single to score a pair of runs in that inning. Olivia Ponath and Jadynn Traxler each scored an RBI, Ponath on a single and Traxler via a sacrifice.
In the bottom of the first, Glenwood City’s Madison Caress reached on an error and scored to make it 4-1.
But the Bulldogs added another four runs in the top of the second to up their lead to 8-1. Delaney Olson led off with a single, Hannah Dunn was hit by a pitch and Harper Olson reached on an error that scored her sister Delaney. Libby Bygd then singled in Dunn. A fly out by Holden and a ground out off Ponath’s bat brought home a pair of runs.
The Toppers added a pair of runs in the second. Aubree Logghe singled and scored on a passed ball while Avery Rubenzer reached base on a fielder’s choice and stole home to make it 8-3.
But the Bulldogs blew open the game with seven runs in the top of the third. Libby Bygd doubled in a pair of runs while two more crossed home plate on Sarah Stoveren’s hit. Delaney Olson also had a RBI single in that frame.
Izzy Davis delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the third as the Toppers answered with three runs of their own.
But the Bulldogs just kept scoring. They enjoyed their third four-run inning in the fourth as Delaney Olson hit another RBI single and Bygd bopped her second double of the game to drive in two more runs which made it 19-6.
But to their credit, the Hilltoppers did not give up. A two-out double by Jenna McCarthy led to three more Glenwood City runs which now made the score 19-9.
In the top of the fifth, Boyceville tacked on five more runs to make it 24-9. Traxler, Cambrie Reisimer, Dunn and Holden all collected singles for Boyceville in that inning.
Glenwood City tried to rally in its half of the fifth. Avery Rubenzer opened with a hit and scored on Madison Caress’ ground out to short. Libby Wagner was hit by a pitch and scored on a passed ball to make it 24-11 but that is as close as the Toppers would get as Ella Holden got the Toppers to pop out to short to end the game.
Holden threw all five innings for the Bulldogs to earn the win as she allowed five hits and 11 runs while striking out a pair.
The Bulldogs finished with eight errors while the Hilltoppers had half a dozen.
Glenwood City sophomore Maddie Klatt suffered the pitching loss. Jenna McCarthy also threw for the Toppers. At press time, there still were no pitching statistics available for Glenwood City.
Eight Bulldogs collected hits led by Libby Bygd’s 3-for-5 performance which included a pair of doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored. Holden helped her cause going 2-for-3 at the plate for five RBIs and a pair of scores. Hannah Dunn also had two hits for four RBIs and scored five times. Cambrie Reisimer and Olivia Ponath each collected a pair of hits.
Izzy Davis led Glenwood City with two including a double. McCarthy, Logghe and Rubenzer each had a single to account for the Hilltoppers other three hits.