After playing ball in near perfect weather two weeks ago, the Colfax baseball team had to play a game at Spring Valley April 20 with temperatures in the 40 degree range and ended up winning a close one over the Cardinals 5-4. With weather conditions a whole lot better three days later including sunny skies and 54 degrees, the Vikings stampeded the Mondovi Buffaloes in a five inning game, 14-4. Colfax is now 5-2 for the season.
The Vikings scored all five of their runs in the first and third innings then played solid defense and used the arms of Logan Mittelstadt and Sawyer DeMoe to hang on for the win. After Nate Leibfried drew a leadoff walk and moved up on a single by Jeremiah Wait in the first inning, both runners came home on a base hit by DeMoe for a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals came up with a run off Colfax starter Mittelstadt in the bottom of the inning but the Vikings used the top of their lineup again to tack on more runs in the third. Leibfried singled, stole second and after Wait drew a free pass, Jarrod Rudi slammed his first tater of his high school career for a 5-1 advantage. Although Mittelstadt gave up a single run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, he managed to get himself out of more trouble by stranding several runners in those innings. In the fifth, Spring Valley had runners on first and third with two outs, and hit a ground ball to the Colfax shortstop. It wasn’t a routine play however, as first baseman Trevor Olson had to snare a throw in the dirt for the third out. After the Cardinals scored a run in the sixth, they filled the bases with two outs but Mittelstadt forced a fly ball out to centerfielder Zach Meyer to thwart another threat.
DeMoe came in to finish off the seventh and put the Cardinals out 1-2-3, with the first two going down on strikeouts.
“It was a nice win for us against a good pitcher,” coach Tim Wilson said.
Rudi and Leibfried were both 2 for 3 at the plate while DeMoe was 2 for 2 with Rudi and DeMoe accounting for all five RBIs. Mittelstadt scattered five hits along with five walks but came up big when needed by whiffing nine Cardinal batters.
COLFAX 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 — 5
SPRING VALLEY 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 — 4
The Vikings had only seven hits but took advantage of several Buffalo errors and some walks to score their highest point total of the season. Seven runners crossed the plate in the second inning with Mitch Kiekhafer and Leibfried having the only hits to go with a pair of free passes and three fielding errors by Mondovi. Six more runs in the third put the game on ice as Rudi slammed a double to bring a pair of runs in and Olson delivered the big hurt with a three run blast over the left field fence. DeMoe was in control from the mound most of the game but had a short blip when he gave up three runs in the fourth and he left the bases full of Buffalos in the fifth before forcing a fly ball for the third out to earn the win.
Olson finished 2 for 3 with a trio of RBIs, Rudi also brought in three runs, DeMoe a pair and Leibfried, Kiekhafer and Andrew Harmon all brought a fellow Viking home.
MONDOVI 0 0 0 3 1 — 4
COLFAX 0 7 6 1 X — 14