Vikings split pair of one run games

The Colfax baseball team has played 10 games this season with six of them being decided by a single run including the past three. After a 5-4 loss at Elk Mound, earlier in the week the Vikings came back from a 6-0 deficit to pull out an 8-7 win over Elmwood April 30, then a day later dropped a 2-1 game to Plum City. Both games were on their home field.

Elmwood

To say the Vikings were a little off their game early on would be an understatement as they committed three errors while pitcher Sawyer DeMoe struggled by giving up several base hits along with a couple of wild pitches, allowing the Raiders to take a 5-0 lead after a half inning of play.Coach Tim Wilson had enough confidence in DeMoe to keep him in and DeMoe, after giving up a run in the second settled down and held them scoreless until the seventh inning. Meanwhile, the Colfax offense started to whittle away at the deficit as they came up with three runs in the fourth when Jeremiah Wait reached on an error, Jarrod Rudi singled, DeMoe drew a walk, Trevor Olson singled and moved up on a Raider error and a ground ball brought the third run in.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Wait reached on a free pass with two outs and Rudi banged another base hit, DeMoe walked, Olson slammed a double and after a flyout to end the inning, Colfax was down just 6-5.

Zach Meyer led off the sixth inning by drawing a walk and moved to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Nate Leibfried brought him home on a two out clutch single to knot the score then after swiping second and third base, scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch. Needing just three outs to finish off the win, DeMoe gave up a base hit but the runner was erased on a fielder’s choice, leaving a runner at first. Another base hit and a passed ball allowed Elmwood to tie it up at 7-7 before DeMoe whiffed the final batter.

The Vikings used some seventh inning dramatics against the winless Raiders as DeMoe helped his own cause by smacking a base hit and moving to second on an error. Logan Mittelstadt then came up with his only hit of the game as he sent a single to the outfield to bring DeMoe in for the walk off win.

Rudi and Olson were both 2 for 4 at the plate and DeMoe picked up the win, allowing six hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.

ELMWOOD  5  1  0  0  0  0  1 — 7
COLFAX         0  0  0  3  2  2  1 — 8

Plum City

The inability to come up with a key hit was the problem in this game with the Vikings leaving 10 runners stranded on the basepaths. Mittelstadt, who had taken a tough loss in the Elk Mound game a few days earlier, gave up only six hits in this contest while striking out seven and walking two. His only rough inning came in the fourth when he gave up a pair of singles with a walk in the middle to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead. The Vikings came up with seven hits in the game but couldn’t get a run in until the bottom of the seventh when Mittelstadt drew a one out walk, Rudi sent a solid single to center and both runners moved up on DeMoe’s swinging bunt that rolled a few feet in front of the plate. With two outs, Olson used his blazing speed to beat out a slow roller to the infield to bring a run in but the late inning heroics wasn’t to be this time as a fly ball to center ended the game.

Rudi was the only Viking with more then one hit going 2 for 3 while Meyer, Mitch Kiekhafer and Leibfried all had a stolen base.

PLUM CITY    0  0  0  2  0  0  0 — 2
COLFAX            0  0  0  0  0  0  1 — 1