The Colfax Black Sox scored runs in each of the first four innings then hung on for a 12-8 win over Boyceville in a game played July 9 on the Colfax High School field. Colfax had only five hits in the game but took advantage of 13 Boyceville errors in the contest.
After starting pitcher Sawyer DeMoe fanned two Boyceville batters and fielded a bunt for an out in between for a 1-2-3 first inning, the Black Sox picked up four runs, all with two outs in their half of the inning. Logan Mittelstadt reached base on a dropped third strike and stole second and third then DeMoe drew a walk and stole second. Jarrod Rudi’s ground ball to second was misplayed allowing both runners to score and Brandon Anderson reached on another infield error. Trevor Olson made sure the Boyceville mistakes cost them when he slammed a double to the fence for a pair of RBIs to make it 4-0.
Boyceville scored a run in the second on an error and a couple of walks before DeMoe closed the door with a strikeout to strand a runner on second. The Black Sox took advantage of more Boyceville errors as Brett Prince reached on an infield error, Jacob Steinke singled, Brandon Anderson brought a run in on a fielders choice, Andrew Harmon walked and after stealing second, he and Steinke crossed the plate on several throwing errors by Boyceville, pushing their lead to 7-1.
DeMoe ran into control problems in the third, hitting a batter, walking two and giving up a run on one of three wild pitches, forcing coach Randy DeMoe to go to his bullpen, which happened to be Mittelstadt who whiffed the final batter to get out of the inning.
Colfax continued to add runs when Rudi drew a lead off walk, Brady Simonson reached on a ground ball to the shortstop and Zach Meyer also sent a ball to the shortstop who made a wild throw to first allowing Rudi to score.Prince sent a sharp shot past third to bring in a pair of runs and he scored the 11th run of the game when he came home on an error by the right fielder on a ball hit by Steinke.
Boyceville tacked on a run in the fourth and the Black Sox matched it when Mittelstadt singled and came home on two more infield errors, putting the score at 12-3. Boyceville added three in the fifth, another in the sixth and a final run in the seventh before Mittelstadt forced a ground out with two runners on base to end the game.
Mittelstadt allowed five hits with three walks and a pair of Ks in 4 2/3 innings for the win.
Boyceville 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 — 8
Colfax 4 3 4 1 0 0 X — 12