After splitting a pair of five inning games at Plum City April 20, dropping the first one 12-11 then winning the second one 10-9, the Colfax softball team walloped Mondovi 18-11 a day later, then lost to conference leading Elk Mound 6-0 April 23. (Colfax-Elk Mound story is elsewhere in The Messenger).
Plum City-game 1
It was a cold and blustery day which made all aspects of the game difficult and both teams were probably glad they were only playing five innings for both games of the double header. Colfax scored three runs in the first inning with Mikaela Leibfried, Kori Buchanan and Hailey Durand all crossing the plate. They gave four back in the bottom of the inning however, and another in the second to fall behind 5-3 but Lakken Meredith started the third inning out with a double and scored on another double by Buchanan, who came home on a base hit by Becca Lee. AJ Ottinger then brought Lee in on a single to put the Vikings up 6-5. They upped the lead to 10-5 in the fourth when Leibfried, Meredith, Buchanan and Durand all scored as Meredith had another double but Plum City used five hits and a couple of Colfax errors to pull ahead 11-10. Colfax came back with a run in the fifth when Karina Wait reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Meredith’s third double of the game but they couldn’t add any extra runs when they left the bases loaded. Plum City then pushed the winning run across on a walk and a pair of base hits.
Buchanan was 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs, Meredith was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Lee finished 2 for 4 and also brought in three runs. Meredith was pinned with the loss, allowing 12 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
COLFAX 3 0 3 4 1 – 11
PLUM CITY 4 1 0 6 1 – 12
Plum City-game 2
The Vikings had only two hits in the game but collected 15 free passes to help them score runs. Playing as the home team, they led 2-1 after the first inning when Meredith and Buchanan scored on a series of walks and wild pitches. This game was another back and forth contest as Plum City took the lead with two runs in the top of the second only to see the Vikings snatch it back with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Courtney Ottinger, AJ Ottinger, Wait and Leibfried all drew walks before Meredith continued her hot hitting by bringing in two runs with a double. Buchanan walked and Durand reached on an error and after some passed balls and more Plum City errors, Colfax was up 8-3.
They held the lead through the third but the Blue Devils began teeing off against freshman pitcher Becca Lee and ripped off six runs in the fourth to put the Vikings in a hole down 9-8. In the bottom of the fifth, AJ Ottinger drew a walk before the next two batters went out. But the right Colfax batter was up at the right time as Meredith slammed a two run homer for the game winning runs.
“Both games were close all the way through,” coach Rich Meredith said. “We couldn’t tack any extra runs on in the first game to extend the lead, but we had a clutch hit in the second one to pull out the win and end with a split on such a cold day.”
Lee earned her first varsity win, allowing 10 hits with two walks and three Ks.
PLUM CITY 1 2 0 6 0 – 9
COLFAX 2 6 0 0 2 – 10
Several other Dunn-St. Croix contests were post-pone due to even colder temperatures than the day before but the Vikings and the Buffaloes decided they were Wisconsin tough and chose to play. This game turned out to be a lot like the Plum City games with neither team being able to hold a lead. The Vikings went up 1-0 after their half of the first when Leibried drew a leadoff walk and came home on a base hit by Buchanan. But Mondovi scored twice in the bottom of the inning and added a run in the third for a 3-1 lead. After tying the score at 3-3 in the third, the Vikings again fell behind 7-3. And once again, they added three runs in the fourth to stay within a run but the Buffaloes pulled ahead 11-6 after five innings of play.
But the Vikings finally put the hammer down by scoring six runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Buchanan walked and scored on Wait’s base hit which opened the floodgates as Wait, Tiernee Knutson, Dailyn Mortenson, Leibfried and Meredith all crossed home plate, resulting in a 12-11 lead. Wait and Courtney Ottinger had the big blasts in the seventh, each smacking a double and the Vikings had plenty of runs this time to finish off the win.
Meredith and Lee combined to throw an 11 hitter with seven strikeouts and three walks. Wait led the hitting brigade with a 3 for 5 performance while Meredith and Buchanan both had a pair of hits.
COLFAX 1 0 2 3 0 6 6 – 18
MONDOVI 2 1 4 0 4 0 0 – 11