After an early start and still just getting in four and a half innings due to a soaking rain, the Colfax baseball team traveled to Carson Park in Eau Claire May 27 and came home with a 3-0 win over Immanuel Lutheran. Then under sunny skies, they stayed home and dropped an extra inning contest to Pepin-Alma 5-4, and ended the week at home again on a nice sunny day with another loss to Bloomer, 6-4.
Colfax scored a pair of first inning runs when Jarrod Rudi and Ethin Kiekhafer both singled and came home on a basehit from Brady Simonson. They added their third run in the fourth when Nate Leibfried singled, stole second and came in on Rudi’s single. Kiekhafer pitched almost five innings before the rain started to come down hard enough to end things, and picked up the win allowing five hits with six strikeouts and just one walk. Rudi and Kiekhafer both collected a pair of hits for the Vikings.
COLFAX 2 0 0 1 0 – 3
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
The Eagles scored three runs in the second on just one hit as they took advantage of a couple of walks off Colfax starting pitcher Sawyer DeMoe and a Viking error. It looked like the lead would hold up as Colfax was not having a lot of success off Eagles pitcher Sam Mueller as they left a runner on base in the second and fifth innings and two on in both the fourth and sixth. DeMoe settled down and held P-A scoreless through the fifth inning and gave way to Logan Mittelstadt who also kept the Eagles off the board in the next two innings. The wake up call finally came through for the Vikings in the bottom of the seventh when Zach Meyer drew a walk to start things off. A strikeout and a diving catch by the P-A centerfielder for the second out could have taken the wind out of their sails but Leibfried slammed a double and Rudi brought both runners in with a shot up the middle. Kiekhafer was in the hole down 0-2 in the pitch count and sent a smash through the infield and DeMoe plated the tying run on another basehit. The inning ended with a groundout and the score at 3-3.
Neither team scored in the eighth but the Eagles drew a lead off walk and after a fly out and a fielder’s choice there were two outs. That third out is very often hard to come by however, as a solid shot over the shortstop resulted in an RBI double. Another walk, a batter hit by a pitch loaded the bases and a slam past third brought in another run. A pop up ended the inning with Colfax down 5-3.
The Vikings refused to give up though as Jeremiah Wait took a walk and Liebfried smacked a single, but a bunt by Rudi was a little too hard and Wait, who slid head first into third was called out on a very close play. Kiekhafer was nailed by a pitch and DeMoe sent a bloop single to center for an RBI. But a strikeout and a ground out put the game to rest with Colfax coming up a run short.
Mittelstadt was saddled with the loss giving up two runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout in four innings. DeMoe allowed three runs on two hits with two Ks and issued five free passes in five innings. DeMoe was 3 for 5 at the plate and Leibfried finished 2 for 5.
PEPIN-ALMA 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 – 5
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 – 4
The Blackhawks pulled out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before Colfax scored a run to even it up in the bottom of the inning. Bloomer responded with a pair of third inning runs and the Vikings cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth when Rudi doubled, moved to third on a Kiekhafer sacrifice fly and scored on a Simonson double. Colfax flashed some leather in the field in the fifth inning as DeMoe snagged a pair of hot one hoppers at third to throw two runners out and Jacob Steinke made a long, running catch in right field to end the inning.
Bloomer padded their lead with three runs in the sixth but the Vikings continued to battle in the late innings as they came up with a couple of runs in their final at bat but fell short again.
Simonson, Rudi and Demoe all had two hits to lead the offense with Rudi collecting a pair of RBIs. Kiekhafer pitched six innings and gave up six runs with nine hits and two strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.
BLOOMER 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 – 6
COLFAX 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 – 4