Using strong pitching along with a solid defense and timely hits, added to plenty of errors on Boyceville’s part, the Colfax baseball team bombed the Bulldogs 16-0 in a five inning contest at home April 22. But their undefeated season ended three days later when a seventh inning rally fell short and they lost to Spring Valley 7-6, putting their record at 3-1 for the year.
Logan Mittelstadt threw a two hit gem, giving up a single in the second and fourth innings while striking out three Bulldogs and not walking any as his team gave him plenty of early support. Colfax used three first inning walks, two Boyceville errors and base hits from Ethin Kiekhafer and Jarrod Rudi to plate four runners in the first inning. The score remained 4-0 until the fourth when leadoff batter Nate Leibfried drew a walk and before the inning was done, 12 Vikings scored to break the game open. The big blasts came from doubles by Sawyer DeMoe and Brady Simonson with Rudi, Jacob Steinke and Kiekhafer all spanking singles to go with five free passes issued by two different Bulldog pitchers and a pair of errors. Mittelstadt then put Boyceville down in order in the top of the fifth to end the game early.
Kiekhafer ended the game 3 for 3 in the hitting department with three RBIs while Rudi was 2 for 4 and knocked in five runs. Leibfried, Mittelstadt, DeMoe and Kiekhafer all found their way to home plate three times.
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
COLFAX 4 0 0 12 x – 16
Both teams were 3-0 when they started the game on the Vikings’ home field which took place a day later then planned due to wet weather. The Cardinals used a couple of solid hits along with a walk and a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. They increased their lead to 4-0 before the Vikings put a run up in the bottom of the third but Colfax put themselves in a bigger hole when they fell behind 7-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. The Vikings finally came to life as Jacob Steinke drew a lead off walk, Jeremiah Wait singled through the infield and Leibfried blasted a triple to the fence to bring both of them home. Leibfried scored on a wild pitch by the new Spring Valley pitcher and Mittelstadt took a walk, which was followed by a Kiekhafer shot to center for an RBI double. Kiekhafer moved up on a wild pitch and came home on another one, but two fly ball outs ended the inning with Colfax down 7-6.
After DeMoe made quick work on the mound in the top of the seventh, the Vikings almost pulled off the come from behind win when Simonson banged a long single, Steinke walked again, and Trevor Olson, after a long battle, drew a walk to load the bases. But the Cardinals pulled their infield in, and to their credit, made a couple of big plays as the next two Colfax batters grounded sharply to the shortstop who gunned the ball home for the force both times. And to add some more excitement to the game, Mittelstadt sent a ball to deep left field which the fielder caught as he was falling down to end the game.
“Obviously, Spring Valley is a very good defensive team,” Vikings’ coach Tim Wilson said. “They made some key plays to shut us down throughout the game.”
Simonson had the only multi hit game of the day for Colfax, batting 2 for 3 while Leibfried collected a pair of RBIs. Kiekhafer started on the mound, allowing four runs on five hits with four Ks and three walks in four innngs, and DeMoe went the final three, giving up three hits with three strikeouts and one free pass for three runs.
SPRING VALLEY 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 – 7
COLFAX 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 – 6