Colfax girls maul Menomonie

MENOMONIE — In what was probably their final action of the season, the Colfax high school age softball team whomped on the Menomonie team to the tune of 22-6 and 19-0 in what was supposed to be two five inning games played July 23 at Wakanda Park.

 The Menomonie team was composed of mostly junior varsity players from this past spring’s school team while Colfax had just nine girls in uniform, including six varsity players, an eighth grader, an incoming freshman and a girl who has competed  on the high school track team the past three years.

None the less, Colfax held a 10-0 lead before giving up six runs to Menomonie in the third inning of the first game. They came back with three runs in the fourth when Hannah DeMoe singled as did Mikaela Leibfried and Kori Buchanan to load the bases and Emily Tuschl made sure they didn’t stay there long as she clubbed a three run double for a 13-6 lead. With Lakken Meredith the only experienced pitcher on the team, the Colfax defense came up big to help her out of a jam in the bottom of the inning. After walking a batter and giving up a single with two outs, third baseman Leibfried snagged a one hopper and tagged the runner as she ran to third for the final out to preserve the seven run lead.

All heck broke out in the fifth in Colfax’ favor as four straight singles off the bats of Taylor Shipman, Bryana Buchanan, DeMoe and Leibfried followed by a ground ball out by Karina Wait made it 15-6. Kori Buchanan drew an RBI walk and after two pop ups for outs, Courtney Ottinger was hit in the leg by a pitch to bring in another run. It was back to Shipman who hit a ground ball resulting in the runner being safe at third, and both Bryana Buchanan and DeMoe slammed the ball to the outfield as they both brought in a pair of runs for a 22-6 lead. Meredith shut the Menomonie team down in the final inning for the win.

All nine players scored at least once in game two which ended after three innings with Colfax leading 19-0. Darkness and the big lead was a factor in ending the game early. Meredith picked up her second win of the evening for Colfax.