Losing their last two games before heading into the WIAA regional tournament isn’t exactly how the Colfax baseball team wanted things to pan out but a bad inning in both games resulted in both losses last week. The Vikings lost to Immanuel Lutheran in a game played at Carson Park in Eau Claire May 27 13-3 in six innings then a day later lost their final conference game to Pepin-Alma in Alma 12-7. A final game at Bloomer was washed out by a steady rain on May 29. After receiving a bye in the first round as the number three seed, Colfax begins WIAA regional play at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Wednesday, June 3.
The Lancers were 19-4 entering the contest and had been scoring a lot of runs as of late but the Vikings held their own early on and had a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Jeremiah Wait singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and Jarrod Rudi drew a walk. Sawyer Demoe brought Wait in on a ground out and Rudi came home on Trevor Olson’s base hit. But the lead didn’t last long as the Lancers scored five times in the bottom of the inning, added two more in the fifth and ended the game in six innings with five more tallies in the sixth. The Vikings’ third run came in the top of the sixth when Zach Meyer drew a walk and came home on a Nate Leibfried single.
Logan Mittelstadt started on the mound and went five innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Rudi finished things off giving up five runs on five hits with a pair of walks and Ks each.
COLFAX 0 0 2 0 0 1 — 3
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 0 1 0 5 2 5 — 13
The game was scoreless for the first two and a half innings before P-A pulled ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the third. Colfax responded with a run in the top of the fourth when DeMoe reached on an error and eventually came home on a wild pitch. But it was another big inning that killed the Vikings as P-A used four hits, several walks and a couple of Colfax errors to come up with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 9-1. The Vikings pecked away and cut the deficit to 9-3 when Mitch Kiekhafer and Mason Harmon scored in the fifth, and when Olson and Meyer slammed back to back doubles in the sixth, followed by a single from Mittelstadt, a walk to Brett Johnson and another base hit from Leibfried, they drew even closer and were down 9-6. But P-A responded by adding on three more runs to pretty much put the game away in their half of the inning. Colfax had a final rally left in them however, as DeMoe walked to lead off the seventh and came home after Meyer and Mittelstadt both singled. Johnson took another walk to load the bases with two outs but a final groundout ended the game.
“The one bad inning in both games hurt us and we can’t have that in tournament play this week or our season will end pretty quick,” coach Tim Wilson said.
Meyer had a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 with a double and two singles, Leibfried tagged the ball for a pair of hits including a double and finished with three RBIs, Mittelstadt went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Olson spanked a double and DeMoe brought a run home on a base hit.
DeMoe pitched three and a third innings and gave up nine runs on just three hits and walked four while striking out two batters. Leibfried allowed three runs in two and two thirds innings on four hits, three Ks and two free passes. Colfax outhit the Eagles 11-7 but didn’t help their pitchers by committing four errors in the field.
COLFAX 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 — 7
PEPIN-ALMA 0 0 3 6 0 3 X — 12