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Colfax slides past Elmwood-Plum City, drops contests to Glenwood City, Mondovi

After not having any games the week before due to bad weather, the Colfax baseball team made up for it with three games in five days, starting with a 7-6 win at Elmwood-Plum City Monday, May 5. Things fell apart quickly for the Vikings the next day as they dropped a disappointing contest in five innings at home 11-1 to Glenwood City and after the Boyceville contest on Thursday was postponed, the Vikings traveled to Mondovi for a Large Dunn-St. Croix matchup on Friday and lost 13-7.

Elmwood-Plum City

The Vikings had a huge second inning offensively, scoring all seven of their runs with the big blast coming from a grand slam by Sawyer DeMoe over the left-centerfield fence. After their bats were silenced with only three hits the rest of the game, they were forced to hold off E-PC who came up with a single run in the second and five in the fifth to make things interesting.

DeMoe picked up the win, pitching the first four innings and giving up just the one run but walked seven batters and struck out six. Ethin Kiekhafer took over in the fifth and got into some trouble as he allowed six hits with a pair of walks and three Ks, but he bore down when it was needed and managed to put the fire out.

Jarrod Rudi, Brett Prince and Brady Simonson all had a pair of hits to lead the Vikings with DeMoe collecting four RBI all on his big slam, while Logan Mittelstadt, Trevor Olson and Brett Prince all knocked in a run.

COLFAX                                  0  7  0  0  0  0 0 – 7
ELMWOOD-PLUM CITY      0  1  0  0  4  1 0 – 6

Glenwood City

It was a whole different ballgame for the Vikings with their 4-1 record when they hosted the Hilltoppers who hadn’t won a game all year in six attempts. Colfax, for whatever reason, was outplayed in all aspects of the game as Glenwood City took a 3-0 lead in the first inning using three basehits, a walk, a batter hit by a pitch and a sacrifice fly to score their runs. The Vikings picked up a run in the bottom of the inning when the Topper pitcher walked four batters, with Rudi getting credit for the RBI. Nolan Prince came up with his first varsity hit, a single up the middle in the second inning, but that proved to be the only hit of the game for the Vikings. From there on out it was all Glenwood City as they increased their lead to 5-1 in the third then added six runs in the fourth. Mittelstadt started on the mound and went three innings and gave way to Kiekhafer who came in with bases loaded in the fourth and the Vikings down 6-1. After giving up five runs, he finally got the team out of the inning then shut the Toppers down in order in the fifth with Nate Leibfried making a snazzy catch on a deep fly ball for the third out. Liebfried did his best to keep the game going when he drew a walk and stole second in the bottom of the fifth, but a pop up and a lineout ended the game.

“Glenwood has good athletes and what hurt them this year was their pitching,” Colfax coach Tim Wilson said. “We did not have good at-bats in this game and I hope this is a wake up call for our team.”

GLENWOOD CITY  3  0  2  6  0  – 11
COLFAX                   1  0  0  0  0 – 1

Mondovi

It appeared the Vikings woke up a little bit when they came up with three runs in the top of the first against the Buffaloes with singles by Mittelstadt and Kiekhafer and a double by DeMoe, but Mondovi came up with two runs in their half of the first and four in the second for a 6-3 lead. The Vikings battled back to regain the lead as Mittelstadt, Kiekhafer, DeMoe and Rudi all crossed the plate with Rudi blasting a double for a 7-6 lead but that was the end of the scoring for them as they had just two base runners the rest of the game.

DeMoe was 2 for 4 from the plate with an RBI and Rudi finished 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. DeMoe took the loss from the mound, allowing nine hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

COLFAX         3  0  4  0  0  0  0 – 7
MONDOVI   2  4  0  0  0  0  0 – 13