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Vikings pounded by Panthers, bounce back with win over Bulldogs

Giving up eight runs in the first inning made it awfully tough for the Colfax baseball team to come back as they dropped a 14-5 contest at St. Croix Central April 13. However, by using the long ball, they came back a few days later and took an 8-3 win at Boyceville.

St. Croix Central

Making his first start of the year on the mound, Colfax pitcher Jarrod Rudi struggled to find the plate as he walked four batters and hit three of them while giving up a pair of hits in the first inning. Logan Mittelstadt took over with an 8-0 deficit and went the next five innings, giving up six more runs on eight hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Colfax came up with four runs in the third on basehits from Nate Leibfried,  Rudi, Sawyer DeMoe and Mittelstadt with Zach Meyer getting hit by a pitch in the midst of things. Their final run came in the fifth as DeMoe led off with a single and eventually came home on a ground ball out off the bat of Mittelstadt.

“This was tough game for us but I was pleased with the kids for playing hard after the rough first inning,” Wilson said.

COLFAX                                  0  0  4  0  1  0  0 – 5
ST. CROIX CENTRAL   8  0  0  2  4  0  X – 14


The Vikings were down 3-2 when they began the top of the fifth before they began to tee off on the Bulldog pitcher. DeMoe slammed a two run homerun and Trevor Olson followed suit with his first one of the season and when the inning was done, Colfax was up 7-3. They added a final run in the seventh and with DeMoe in control on the mound, they shut the Bulldogs done to earn their first conference win of the year.

DeMoe baffled the Bulldog batters by giving up just two hits while striking out 10 of them and walking three. Meyer was 2 for 3 in the hitting department with a double, Olson was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI while Jeremiah Wait stole two bases and scored twice and leadoff batter Leibfried also crossed homeplate twice.

“Sawyer pitched a solid game for us,” Wilson said. “We played good defense with only one error and hitting homeruns always helps the offense,” he added.

COLFAX               0  2  0  0  5   1  0 – 8
BOYCEVILLE   1  0  2  0  0  0  0 – 3