Neither game was pretty but the “W” in the scorebook is all that counts as the Colfax softball team was forced to hold off a seventh inning rally against the Elmwood-Plum City team, taking a 10-9 win in the first of two games played May 1. They also had to hold on for the win in the second game but pulled out a 13-10 win to give them a 5-1 conference record. They had some out of conference competition a day later and things didn’t go very well as they were crushed by the Cardinals from Prescott 22-5.
Elmwood-PC, Game 1
The Vikings seemed to be in control most of the game as they led 7-2 after five innings but E-PC knotted the score with five runs in the sixth. Colfax regained the lead at 10-7 as Kori Buchanan, Lakken Meredith and Hannah DeMoe all scored in the top of the seventh, but after playing some pretty good defense most of the game, the Vikings committed a couple of errors in the bottom half of the inning allowing E-PC to score a couple of runs. After catcher Courtney Ottinger threw out an E-PC runner trying to steal second, the game ended when left fielder Equality Wilson fielded the ball, relayed it to Meredith who threw out the potential tying run at the plate, allowing the Vikings to preserve the win.
Meredith, Buchanan and Emily Tuschl all banged three hits in the win while Wilson collected a pair. Meredith picked up the win, allowing 14 hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
“We played great defense until the late innings,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We made three or four nice plays to help Meredith out and offensively had 14 hits including 14 extra base hits. Meredith pitched well until the sixth then she did a great job of hanging in there for us.”
COLFAX 2 0 1 0 1 3 3 – 10
ELMWOOD-PLUM CITY 0 0 0 1 1 5 2 – 9
Elmwood-Plum City -Game 2
The Vikings again held a nice lead early on as they were up 10-2 after three innings but again they let E-PC get back in the game with runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to cut their lead to 10-9. The Vikings continued to show their resiliency as they added three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a triple by, a single from Karina Wait, a double from Mallie Doucette and back to back hits from Meredith and Tuschl to build their lead back up to five at 13-9 but E-PC had another rally in the seventh as they added a run but Meredith, on the mound again for Colfax forced a pair of groundouts and a pop out to end the game.
Doucette cracked four hits in five at bats, bringing in three runs and scoring four times. Leadoff batter Wait was 3 for 3 from the plate and came home three times and Meredith and Tuschl also rapped a pair of hits. Tiernee Knutson started on the mound for Colfax, but not having a lot of chances to pitch this year struggled with finding the strike zone and Meredith took over with two outs in the first inning. Meredith gave up 11 hits but walked just one batter and the defense, despite committing several errors, made enough plays behind her to get her her second win of the day.
“I was proud of how we came back when E-PC made a run at us,” coach Doucette said. “A lot of players who made mistakes came back with key plays to help in the win. We hit the ball hard and had some players finally get hot at the plate,” he added.
ELMWOOD-PLUM CITY 1 0 1 3 0 4 1 – 10
COLFAX 4 3 3 0 0 3 X – 13
The Vikings were outplayed in every aspect from the third inning on when after being behind just 2-1, Prescott used their bunting skills, some hard hitting along with a few Colfax errors and wild pitches to take a 9-1 lead. The Vikings couldn’t put anything together offensively however, and the sixth inning may have been one of the longest one in Viking’s history as the Cardinals put 12 runs across for a 22-1 lead. (Or as coach Doucette put it, three touchdowns and a bunch of extra points). Colfax did manage to put four runs up in the bottom of the sixth when Doucette doubled, Meredith and Shipman walked, Ottinger and Demoe smacked base hits and Wait grounded out for an RBI.
Colfax committed 10 errors in the game and Knutson started on the mound before giving way to Buchanan who made her varsity pitching debut in the fifth inning,
“Coming off four straight wins we thought we would be better than what we were,” coach Doucette said. “We just didn’t make enough good plays to hang with a fast and athletic team like Prescott.”
PRESCOTT 0 0 2 7 1 12 – 22
COLFAX 0 1 0 0 0 4 – 5