COLFAX — Four softball players, Mallie Doucette, Emily Tuschl, Equality Wilson and Taylor Shipman all played a big part of Colfax becoming a contender for a Dunn-St. Croix Conference title this year, have ended their high school careers by finishing third in the conference with an 11-4 record and a 12-7 overall record.
The season ended rather abruptly with a 5-0 loss to Bloomer in the opening round of the regional tournament, but these girls were a part of some big wins this season. They defeated the conference champion Pepin-Alma team for the first time since 2010, 15-9 in their first game of the season after not spending a minute on an actual ball field while P-A had played two full games already. Colfax also won for the first time since 2009 over neighboring Elk Mound by a 7-4 score in a game which knocked the Mounders out of contention for the title.
Doucette was a four-time All conference player, Second Team as a freshman and First Team her final three seasons and capped off her career being named the Conference Player of the Year as a senior. She collected 110 hits in those four years with 32 doubles, three triples and seven homeruns and knocked in 91 runs while scoring 82 times. She led the Vikings in RBIs as a freshman and senior, and in batting average her sophomore year at .429 and was second her junior year at .389. In her final season, Doucette led the Vikings in hits with 30, in doubles with 10, and in RBIs with 22. She anchored the infield from her shortstop position and had a .923 fielding percentage this year and led the team in assists with 61. In her four years, the Vikings were 47-32 and 35-28 in conference play.
Tuschl is a three year varsity player and found a home for herself playing a very consistent second base for most of that time. In her senior year she batted .317, scored 13 runs, smacked seven doubles and brought in 13 runs. She was second on the team in drawing walks with 12 and on the defensive side she had 31 put outs and was second in assists with 27 with a .817 fielding percentage. In her three years she played in 61 games, scoring 45 times, rapped 16 doubles with 44 RBIs. Her keen eye at the plate put her second on the team in earning free passes as a sophomore as she carried a batting average of .391. Tuschl was named All Conference Honorable Mention both her junior and senior years.
Wilson worked her way up to a starting position in left field after being used as a pinch hitter and runner her sophomore year. Her most productive season was this year as she started every game and collected 18 hits, scored 12 runs, brought in nine runs and walked 10 times while posting a .321 batting average. She recorded 22 put outs with seven errors from the outfield. In 40 games over her three years she had 26 hits with 14 RBIs and crossed home plate 17 times.
Shipman made the cross over from track and played just one full year on varsity. Starting at first base in all 19 games she led the team in putouts with 127 with four assists and was involved with one double play with a .956 fielding percentage. At the plate, she batted .251 with 18 hits including a pair of doubles, knocked in nine runs and scored 14 times with one stolen base.
“We had four great seniors that were all a big part of our winning season,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We were in the conference race until the very end this year and had some big wins and some nice come from behind wins. They have been great leaders and have shown how extra work can make you a better player and a better team,” he added.