Boyceville softball loses two out of three games
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BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville softball team lost two of its three home games last week.
Hosting Spring Valley Monday, May 1, the Bulldogs squandered a 5-1 lead and lost to the Cardinals 7-5. The next day Colfax visited Boyceville and blanked the Bulldogs 10-0. Boyceville finally picked up a win, beating Turtle Lake/Clayton 11-1 in five innings last Friday, May 5.
Boyceville is currently 3-6 in conference games and 6-11 overall.
With just over a week remaining in the regular season, the Bulldogs are set to play five games, four of which are conference contests, over the next nine days. Boyceville hosted league-leading Mondovi Monday. The Bulldogs are in Durand on Thursday but return home to host Prairie Farm on Friday and Glenwood City next Monday, May 15. The conference and regular seasons will conclude with a contest in Spring Valley on Tuesday, May 16.
Spring Valley took a 1-0 first-inning lead with a pair of doubles.
That lead held until the bottom of the third when Boyceville scored twice to go in front 2-1. With one out Cambrie Reisimer singled and Hannah Dunn followed with a walk to put a pair of base runners on for the Bulldogs. Then, with two outs, Kaitlyn Mittlestadt singled and both Reisimer and Dunn came home.
Boyceville stretched its lead to four runs when it scored three times in the third inning.
In that inning, Jadynn Traxler and Cora Leslie both reached base on errors. Traxler scored on the second error. Reisimer singled home Leslie, and scored when Hannah Dunn ripped a double to put the Bulldogs in front 5-1.
But, the Cardinals’ touched Bulldog hurler Ali McRoberts for a home run, a double and two singles, and ultimately five runs in the fifth inning.
Spring Valley added a final score in the sixth to complete the rally for a 7-5 win.
Reisimer finished with two of Boyceville’s six hits. Dunn had a double while Mittlestadt, Zoey Hellendrung and Olivia Ponath each had singles.
McRoberts took the pitching loss as she allowed seven runs on 12 hits while walking two and striking out three.
The Bulldogs had pulled out an 8-7 win in eight innings in their previous meeting, but the Vikings showed they were the better team this time around.
Colfax pitcher Mallory Field nearly pulled off a no-hitter, allowing just one Bulldog hit, a Zoey Hellendrung single, in six innings of work inside the throwing circle. Field struck out five Bulldogs batters, and most importantly, did not issue any free passes in the contest.
Colfax scored in five of the six innings, starting with a single run in the first, but in the Vikes’ big second inning, they scored four runs after they loaded the bases on a single and two free passes. Another walk brought in a run and a double cleared the bases for a 5-0 lead. Two more runs in the fourth, a single run in the fifth and two in the sixth ended the game with the 10-run rule.
The Colfax offense banged out nine hits and took advantage of five Bulldog errors to score their 10 runs.
McRoberts took the pitching loss for Boyceville, striking out three and walking six.
Boyceville scored runs in four of the six innings as it ten-runned Turtle Lake/Clayton 11-1 in a non-conference game played in Boyceville last Friday, May 5.
The Bulldogs, who collected ten hits, scored three times in the second, four runs in the third, and twice in the fourth and sixth innings. Turtle Lake/Clayton’s only run came in the top of the first inning.
Zoey Hellendrung went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Jadynn Traxler also doubled and singled in three at bats. Both finished with three RBIs as did Kaitlyn Mittlestadt.
Ali McRoberts struck out four and allowed just six hits to earn the pitching win.