After defeating Boyceville twice during the regular season by scores of 16-0 and 5-4, the Colfax baseball team made it a clean sweep with a five inning 10-0 win when they hosted the Bulldogs in a first round regional contest June 3. They took on a whole different group of Bulldogs however, when they traveled to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser to face the number one seed the next day. After falling behind 6-0, the Vikings made a valiant effort to come back but ended the season with a 7-4 loss.
Colfax finished with a record of 8-10 overall and were 5-7 for fourth place in the Large Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
The Vikings scored in four of the five innings of the shortened game taking a 3-0 lead in the first when Ethin Kiekhafer drew a two out walk, moved to third on a double from Sawyer DeMoe then scored on a wild pitch. Brady Simonson brought DeMoe in on a basehit up the middle and after Jarod Rudi singled, Zach Meyer slapped a ground ball to the Bulldog shortstop who made a wild throw to first allowing pinch runner Brett Prince to score.
Kiekhafer had total control from the mound as he struck out the side in the second inning and gave up just two hits in the contest. Boyceville put runners at the corners in the third on a basehit and an infield throwing error but a strikeout ended the threat. Colfax came up with a pair of runs in their half of the inning when Simonson singled, Jeremiah Wait walked and Meyer slammed a shot to the fence for an RBI double. Jacob Steinke brought another run in on a ground ball out for a 5-0 lead.
Second baseman Wait made his return to the team after running track and recovering from an injury last week and showed up some nifty glove work with a sliding catch behind first base for the first out of the fourth inning, Kiekhafer fielded a bunt attempt for an out and a grounder to Rudi at short ended the inning. The Vikings begin to tee off on Boyceville pitcher Jordan Kuhn in the bottom of the inning when Leibfried and Rudi singled, Kiekhafer and Simonson both sent shots to the fence for doubles and Wait singled for a 9-0 lead. Boyceville put in a new pitcher who was greeted by a Meyer slam past third for a double but Wait was running the basepaths a little too aggressively and was thrown out at third to end the inning.
Kiekhafer put the Bulldogs down in order in the fifth and although it was a beautiful day for baseball weather wise, the Vikings made sure the game ended early when Logan Mittelstadt singled and after a fly ball out, moved to second on Rudi’s basehit, then scored the tenth run on Kiekhafers single.
“Good things happen when our pitchers don’t walk batters and we get big hits,” Colfax coach Tim Wilson said. “Ethin had very good control, we made good plays in the field and we connected with the ball.”
Simonson went 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBI and scored three times while Wait was 2 for 2 and Meyer was 2 for 3, both with two RBI and Kiekhafer also had a couple of hits. Kiekhafer struck out seven Bulldogs and gave up just three hits for the win.
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
COLFAX 3 0 2 4 1 — 10
The Vikings had a tough time connecting against C-W pitcher Max Reisner as they struck out nine times in the first five innings against him. They spotted the Bulldogs a run in the first, four in the third and another in the fourth before they began to make some commotion of their own in the sixth. Leibfried led off by drawing a walk off the new Bulldog pitcher, and after a strikeout, moved up on an infield error off Kiekhafer’s bat. Another strikeout followed but two more walks to Simonson and Wait came about and a single by Meyer plated a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 6-4. C-W tacked on another run in their half of the sixth and Colfax went down in order in the seventh.
The Vikings struck out 11 times and had just three hits in the game with one each by DeMoe, Kiekhafer and Meyer with Meyer collecting two RBI. DeMoe took the loss, throwing the first three innings and although he walked only one batter, gave up five hits and six runs while striking out six.
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 — 4
CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER 1 0 4 1 0 1 X — 7