MAUSTON -— Sawyer DeMoe, Logan Mittelstadt and Jarrod Rudi combined to throw a seven hitter as the Colfax baseball team hung on for a 7-6 win over the Bloomer Blackhawks in a game played at the Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston April 2.
The Vikings were down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring four runs to take the lead. Mason Harmon started things off by taking one for the team and getting hit by a pitch, Nate Leibfried drew a walk, Brady Simonson singled and Rudi brought a pair of runs in on a base hit. After DeMoe took another walk, Zach Meyer knocked in two runs with his own base hit for the 6-4 lead.
Bloomer knotted things up, but with two outs in the sixth, Leibfried and Simonson came up with back to back singles and Rudi brought in what proved to be the winning run with another clutch hit. Rudi was then called on to close the game out from the mound and didn’t make things easy for himself. After hitting the first batter he faced and walking a pair, he settled down and with bases loaded and two outs, he forced a ground ball to shortstop Jeremiah Wait (who had just replaced him at that spot) who threw to DeMoe at third for the force out to end the game.
DeMoe pitched the first three innings and gave up three runs on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk, Mittelstadt earned the win after working the next three and gave up three runs with four hits, two free passes and one K. Rudi picked up the save with one strikeout and two walks.
Rudi finished 2 for 3 in the hitting department with a double and three RBIs, Zach Meyer was 2 for 4 also with a two bagger and two RBIs and Brady Simonson was 2 for 4.
“Overall, I was pleased with our first game,” coach Tim Wilson said. “We played good defense,we put the bat on the ball in key situations and our pitchers were around the strike zone for the most part. It’s always nice to win the opener,” he added.