After losing a 2-1 game to Plum City in their previous game, the Colfax baseball team struggled again to find runs and lost 2-0 in a conference battle to Boyceville May 4. Playing out of the conference woke the bats up again as they defeated Cameron 8-4 a day later, then they returned to conference play May 7 and were shut out 6-0 by St. Croix Central. All three games were played on their home field.
Sawyer DeMoe only gave up four hits while striking out nine Bulldogs in the game but issued four walks which led to both of the Boyceville runs. Two of the walks were back to back in the fourth inning followed by a base hit for the first run before DeMoe forced a fly out and whiffed his second batter of the inning to leave a pair of runners on base. In the sixth, a one out walk, a base hit to the outfield and a ground ball out plated the second Bulldog runner before DeMoe put the fire out again with a strikeout.
The Colfax defense came up with a slick double play in the first inning when DeMoe fielded a grounder, threw to second baseman Jeremiah Wait who relayed to Trevor Olson at first to end the inning. DeMoe put the Bulldogs down in order in three of the seven innings but the Vikings had trouble hitting the offspeed pitches thrown by James Palmer. Colfax left a runner on second in the third inning after Zach Meyer walked and stole second, left two on the basepaths in the fourth with DeMoe at third and Olson at first, and another in the fifth when Brett Johnson singled.
The Vikings collected just four hits in the contest, one each from Nate Leibfried, Johnson, Jarrod Rudi and Meyer.
BOYCEVILLE 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 – 2
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Leibfried moved from the catcher’s side of the plate to the other as he started on the mound for the Vikings. After shutting the Comets down in the first inning, Leibfried gave up four hits with a walk and a hit batsman allowing Cameron to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Colfax cut the deficit in half when DeMoe singled, the Comets committed a pair of errors and Mitch Kiekhafer singled.
Rudi took over the pitching duties in the third and allowed just one base runner in the next two innings. Olson started the bottom of the fourth off by reaching on an error, Meyer drew a free pass, Johnson banged a single, Kiekhafer took another walk, Leibfried spanked a double,Wait waited and took a walk and DeMoe spanked a two base hit and the inning ended with the Vikings up 8-4. Rudi took over from there and after a Comet player reached base in the fifth and sixth and two were on in the seventh, Rudi allowed his defense to help get him out of the jams with several ground ball outs.
Rudi earned the win, throwing a five hitter with three Ks and no walks while DeMoe was the only Viking with more then one hit going 2 for 4 with a trio of RBIs.
CAMERON 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 — 4
COLFAX 0 2 0 6 0 0 X — 8
St. Croix Central
The Vikings again saw their bats fall silent as they collected just five hits in the game with Logan Mittelstadt going 2 for 3. They left a runner on base in both the first and second innings and two on in the sixth after Leibried and Rudi both singled. Mittelstadt pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits with eight strikeouts and one walk and was tagged with the loss.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 — 6
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0