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Colfax boys lose two close games to Mondovi, St. Croix Falls

The Colfax baseball team dropped a pair of games including a 6-5 loss to conference opponent Mondovi May 11, then gave the state ranked St. Croix Falls team a run for their money before losing 5-3 the next day. The game scheduled at Pepin-Alma May 14 was postponed due to inclement weather.

Mondovi

Leadoff batter Nate Leibfried started things off with a bang, slamming a double, Jeremiah Wait drew a walk, Sawyer DeMoe singled, Trevor Olson took a free pass, Logan Mittelstad singled and Zach Meyer took another walk and the inning ended with the Vikings up 4-0. Mondovi scored a run in the third but the Vikings got that one back in the fourth when Wait reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Jarrod Rudi’s base hit. DeMoe followed with a double but both runners were stranded after a ground ball out ended the top half of the inning.

The Buffaloes came up with four runs to knot the score in the fifth when Colfax pitcher DeMoe struggled with his control, giving up five walks and a couple of base hits. Heading into the bottom of the seventh with a 5-5 score, the Buffaloes took advantage of a Colfax error to get their leadoff runner on, and moved him to third with a walk and a fly ball, then laid down a perfect bunt to get the winning run across.

Leibfried and DeMoe both finished 2 for 4 at the plate and DeMoe was tagged with the loss, giving up just two hits but walking eight and striking out four in four innings.

COLFAX         4 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 5
MONDOVI     0 0 1 0 4 0 1 – 6

St. Croix Falls

The Saints are ranked number eight in the WBCA poll and were 15-1 coming into the Colfax ball park. But the Vikings jumped on them early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning when Leibfried smacked a single, Rudi doubled to bring him home and Olson sent a base hit up the middle to plate Rudi. The Saints then used four hits and a pair of infield errors to score four runs in the third off Colfax hurler Rudi to take a 4-2 lead. Meyer banged a single to leadoff the fourth for the Vikings and after Brett Johnson drew a walk, Mason Harmon laid down an excellent bunt to move runners into scoring position, then Mitch Kiekhafer grounded out and Meyer scored on the play. But a pop up to the shortstop left Johnson at second base. The Saints added a run in the fifth on a walk, a stolen base and a single before Rudi forced three straight fly ball outs to leave a runner on second.

The Vikings gave away a golden opportunity to tie the game when they left Meyer and Harmon on base in the sixth, then they went down in order in the seventh to end the game.

Rudi gave up six hits, whiffed eight batters and walked just one to absorb the loss as he went the distance. He, along with Wait and Mittelstadt all rapped a pair of hits in the contest.

ST. CROIX FALLS    0 0 4 0 1 0 0 – 5
COLFAX                           2 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 3