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Colfax girls squeeze in pair of games

Hoping to come up with their second win of the season over defending conference champions Pepin-Alma, the Colfax girls struggled offensively and dropped the contest 3-1 to start their week off May 5. 24 hours later, they traveled to Glenwood City and used the long ball to come from behind and defeat the Hilltoppers 11-4. But two more games scheduled were wiped out including a Thursday home game against Boyceville due to thunderstorms, and a Friday game at Spring Valley because the Cardinals field was too wet to play on.

Pepin-Alma

After beating P-A the first game of the season 15-9 back on April 10, the Vikings discovered Eagles starting pitcher Emily Kirchner had improved quite a bit, both in speed and accuracy since that meeting. But Colfax hurler Lakken Meredith had also improved and the game turned out to be a pitchers dual with just a few plays going in the Eagles favor, allowing them to score enough runs for the win. P-A used a walk, a single, a sacrifice fly and another single to go ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning but Colfax cut the lead in half with an RBI double by Meredith to bring Kori Buchanan home from second base in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles had two runners on base in the third but Viking’s center fielder Karina Wait made a nice running catch of a deep fly ball to end their scoring threat.

The Eagles tacked on another run in the fifth with a shot past third base, a batter was hit by a pitch, both moved up on a wild pitch, then another fly ball resulted in a sacrifice. Colfax couldn’t come up with any big hits as they left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but their defense kept them in the game when shortstop Mallie Doucette charged a slow roller and gunned the ball to first for the third out in the sixth, leaving an Eagle runner at third base. The Vikings went down in order in their half of the sixth, and after a four pitch one out walk to Tiernee Knutson in the seventh, the next two batters went out on a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.

“This was one of the biggest games for us in the regular season,” coach Joe Doucette said. “It was one of our better defensive games but we still made a couple of mistakes that led to their runs. We had 12 hits off of their pitcher the first time but she got the best of us today.”

Courtney Ottinger had two of the team’s four hits to lead the Vikings while Colfax batters struck out nine times against Kirschner. Meredith gave up just six hits with four Ks and a couple of walks.

PEPIN     2  0  0  0  1  0  0 – 3
COLFAX  1  0  0  0 0  0  0 – 1

Glenwood City

After overcoming a shaky start in which they fell behind 4-0 after the first inning, the Vikings remained calm and cut the deficit to one at 4-3 which included a third inning leadoff home run from Wait. Heading into the fifth they took advantage of three Hilltopper errors and base hits by Taylor Shipman and Equality Wilson and pulled ahead 6-4, then Buchanan blasted a solo home run to lead off the sixth to increase the lead. Meredith was in control on the mound, giving up just one hit after the first inning and her teammates gave her plenty of support with four more runs in the seventh as Buchanan slammed her second tater of the game to bring in three runs and Emily Tuschl brought in another on a sacrifice fly.

The Vikings rapped 12 hits in the contest with Wait, Buchanan, Meredith, Shipman and Wilson all smacking a pair. Meredith earned her sixth win of the season, allowing just three hits with five Ks and four free passes.

“Meredith has really been a workhorse for us on the mound,” coach Doucette said. “Leadoff batter Wait really sparks our offense when she gets on base and it was great to see her and Buchanan and Meredith hitting so well. We still have not put everything together but if we can find some consistency on defense, we can stay in the hunt for the conference title,” he added.

GLENWOOD CITY   4  0  0  0  0  0  0 – 4
COLFAX                 2  0  1  0  3  1  4 – 11