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Vikings pounce on Panthers, Blackhawks

After  a pair of losses to Elk Mound the day before, the Colfax baseball team bounced back quite nicely with a 19-8 win against St. Croix Central on the Panthers home field May 7, then made it two wins in a row when they stayed on the road and beat Bloomer 10-4 May 10.

St. Croix Central

The game certainly didn’t turn out to be a pitchers duel as Colfax took a 1-0 lead after their first at bat and the Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the inning to erase that lead. The Vikings erupted for 10 runs in the second inning, pounding out eight hits which included homeruns by Jeremiah Harder and Ethin Kiekhafer, doubles by Jeremiah Wait and Austin Lee and singles from Logan Mittelstadt, Nate Liebfried, Michael Hover and Jarrod Rudi. Central responded with four more runs off Colfax starting pitcher Hover to cut the Vikings lead to 11-6 but  the Vikings continued with the hot bats as they added five more runs in the fourth as Mittelstadt, Wait, Liebfried, Hover, and Lee all crossed the plate. DeMoe gave up one run in relief of Hover in the third and the Vikings finished the game off with three more in the fifth then Kiekhafer shut the Panthers down in what turned out to be their final at bat.

Mittelstadt pounded out four hits in four at bats to lead the hitting machine while Lee, DeMoe and Wait all collected two each. Hover earned the win, giving up six runs on six strikeouts and four walks.

Colfax              1  10  0  5  3 – 19
St. Croix Central  2  4   1  0  0 – 8


Mittelstadt, a sophomore, picked up his first varsity win as he pitched six innings and scattered four hits while striking out six Blackhawk batters. The Vikings also had some timely hits and took advantage of seven Bloomer errors in the game. Colfax took a 5-0 lead in the second inning with help from Hover and Liebfried who both had two run singles. They increased their lead to 9-1 in the sixth by taking advantage of two walks, a wild pitch and three errors with one base hit and Liebfried brought in the final run in the seventh with a double. Liebfried, Kiekhafer and Wait all finished with two hits for the game.

Colfax     0  5  0  0  0  4  1 – 10
Bloomer   0  0  0  0  1 0  3 – 4