The Colfax softball team played a pair of road games last week and ended up winning both of them by slim margins, 6-5 over Boyceville April 13 and 6-3 against St. Croix Central two days later.
Colfax jumped all over the Bulldogs starting pitcher Kayla Nelson for four runs in the first inning to knock her out of the game. After Boyceville came up with two runs in the bottom of the inning, the Vikings were held scoreless for the next three while the Bulldogs knotted things up with a run in the second and third off Colfax pitcher Lakken Meredith. Colfax finally broke their cold streak when they tacked on a run in the fifth which was countered by another Boyceville run in the sixth. The Vikings put what turned out to be the winning run across in the seventh when Dalynn Mortenson’s base hit scored Kori Buchanan, then Meredith shut the Bulldogs down to preserve the win.
The Vikings had only four hits in the game, two by Becca Lee who had one RBI while Buchanan brought in two runs with a double. Meredith, Buchanan and Karina Wait all swiped a pair of bases while the defense committed just one error. Meredith earned the win by giving up four hits with five strikeouts and five walks.
COLFAX 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 – 6
BOYCEVILLE 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 – 5
St. Croix Central
After leading by a scant 1-0 after four innings, the Vikings brought three runs in to pad their lead at 4-0 after the top of the fifth. Central came up with a run in the bottom of the inning but Colfax tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Those runs proved to be important as the Panthers came up with two in the bottom of the inning before Meredith put the fire out to seal the win.
Hailey Durand-Christianson led the Colfax hitting brigade going 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, Meredith brought home a couple of runs and Mortenson banged out a triple. Mikaela Leibfried stole three bases including home and Meredith swiped two to get runners in scoring position for the Viking hitters. Defensively, catcher Courtney Ottinger gunned down two Panther runners who dared to try and steal second on her. Meredith went the distance again, scattering nine hits with six strikeouts and three free passes.
“This was a good defensive battle and both games were a learning experience for the many freshman we have playing,” coach Rich Meredith said. “Our key hitters are missing their pitches right now but we will get that corrected.”
COLFAX 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 – 6
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 – 3