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Vikings open season on ball diamond with win over Panthers

DURAND — Getting their first playing time of the season on a real ball field, the Colfax baseball team traveled to Durand to find a dry one April 11 and took advantage of it by taking a 7-1 win against the Durand Panthers.

Colfax got going right off the bat with three runs in the first inning as Nate Leibfried, Logan Mittelstadt and Sawyer DeMoe all crossed the plate. The Vikings added three more in the fourth on a single by Jeremiah Wait, a double by Leibfried, and singles by Mittelstadt and Ethin Kiekhafer, then tacked on another run for good measure in the seventh after Jarrod Rudi led off with a base hit and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Olson.

Kiekhafer did his part on the mound as he pitched six solid innings, allowing five hits with four strikeouts and two walks, Mittelstadt finished it off, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh.

The Vikings knocked out 11 hits with Leibfried leading the way with a 3 for 4 performance while Kiekhafer and Wait were both 2 for 4. Colfax committed  only two errors in the contest.

“We had a good outing for our first time even being on a field,” Colfax coach Tim Wilson said. “I was pleased with all three aspects of our game, pitching, hitting and fielding.”

Colfax   3  0  0  3  0  0  1 – 7
Durand 0  0  0  1  0  0  0 – 1