Boyceville (WQOW) — The Boyceville baseball team is making their first appearance at state in 19 years. The Bulldogs won both of their sectional games in convincing fashion, to punch their tickets to Appleton.
They’ve been red-hot since their last loss to Spring Valley in the regular season, including winning their last nine games heading into state. In the postseason alone, Boyceville has outscored their opponents 29-8 with one shut-out over Neillsville in the sectional semifinal. The team includes a star-studded sophomore class, with a couple key senior leaders sprinkled in. And one thing’s for certain for the Bulldogs, they’re the talk of the town heading into their semifinal game against Stratford.
“It’s a big feat just getting a team to state, but the fact that our baseball team hasn’t been there in 19 years,” says head coach Michael Roemhild. “This is our second experience going to state, and it’s something huge for this community and for our program. The excitement around town everywhere you go, everybody is talking about the baseball team.”
“The community’s got our back, and you can tell that the town is laid back and excited,” senior outfielder Jaden Reisimer says. “This hasn’t been done in our school in 19 years. You can just tell the community is behind us, and their excited, even the non-baseball fans, just sports fans in general in the community are.”
And their’s a lot to be excited about in Boyceville for not only this playoff run, but also for the next couple years. As the sophomore class led by Trevor Hollister, Walker Retz, Connor Sempf, and Trent Joles are all playing huge rolls for the Bulldogs in 2019.
“It’s really exciting, because we know we still have two years left,” says Sempf, who pitches and plays shortstop. “We’re just really excited to be at the state tournament, and we’re just hoping to play with each other as best as we can.”
“They’re wonderful baseball players, and they put in a lot of time outside of just the baseball season,” says Reisimer. “As a senior it’s fun to kind of watch them grow, and I try to help them out as I share my experiences with them. They’re doing an excellent job being young, and they’re amazing for being only sophomores. They have two years left to keep continuing to grow, and I’m proud to say I’m on a team with them.”
Boyceville will take on Stratford Wednesday in the division three semifinals. First pitch is schedule for 1 p.m.