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Colfax baseball finishes 1-2 for the week

The Colfax baseball team started the week of May 12 by splitting a double header at St. Croix Central, winning the first game 2-1 but couldn’t get any runs in the second game as they dropped it 2-0. They followed up with a home game against one of two teams tied for the conference lead, that being Mondovi and were blasted 16-7 three days later.

St. Croix Central

Ethin Kiekhafer had his best game of the season from the mound as he threw all seven innings allowing seven runs on six strikeouts and only two free passes. Colfax scored a run in the first when leadoff batter Nate Leibfried singled, stole second and came home on Kiekhafer’s base hit. Central knotted it up in the fifth but the Vikings scored in the sixth when Sawyer DeMoe drew a walk and eventually came home on an error by the left fielder. Kiekhafer forced a pair of ground ball outs to preserve the win.

Leibfried had two of the five Colfax hits in the game while Kiekhafer, Nolan Prince and Brett Prince each had one.

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The Vikings had only five baseruuners in the game as Zach Meyer blasted a third inning two out double and moved to third on a wild pitch. He was stranded there however after a strikeout.  The Panthers came up with single runs in the third and fourth while the Vikings let a golden opportunity to score pass by as Jarrod Rudi led off the fifth with a base hit and moved up on a wild pitch. The next three Colfax players all went down via the strikeout route however, leaving him there. They had another chance to pull out a win in the seventh as Brady Simonson drew a two out walk and advanced to second on a Brett Prince single but a fly ball out ended the game.

As a team, the Vikings struck out eight times and collected only four hits. Logan Mittelstadt pitched six innings and absorbed the loss giving up just four hits with a pair of Ks and a pair of walks.

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The Vikings dug themselves a hole that could have reached China when they gave up seven runs to the Buffaloes in the first inning. They came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning when Kiekhafer walked and ended up scoring on a Rudi base hit. After falling behind 13-1 in the fourth, it appeared it may be a short game on the rather cool and windy day, but the Vikings battled back to pick up four runs on three straight singles from Rudi, Simonson and Meyer. Brett Prince sent a ground ball to the pitcher who threw home for the out but the relay to first was wide, allowing a run to score. Leibfried singled to bring Meyer in and Mittelstadt followed with his own RBI hit, then Kiekhafer sent a shot to third which was too hot to handle and the bases were loaded. DeMoe smacked a ball to the shortstop who mishandled it for another run but a deep fly to center ended the rally.

Colfax added a pair of sixth inning runs after being down 16-5 to make sure the game went seven innings but failed to put any more across in the seventh.

Kiekhafer finished 3 for 4 at the plate. DeMoe was 3 for 5 with an RBI while Rudi, Meyer and Nolan Prince all had a pair of hits. DeMoe took the loss, pitching the first three innings and giving up nine hits and nine runs with two Ks and one walk.

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