It was bad enough the Colfax baseball team had to play their regional semi-final game in a steady rain on the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser field June 2, but things turned out even worse when they lost 7-6 in the seventh inning when the Bulldogs scored the winning run without getting a hit. The loss ended the season for the Vikings with a 9-11 record and they were 5-8 in the Large Dunn-St. Croix Conference for fourth place.
Down 3-0 in the top of the fifth, the Vikings’ Mitch Kiekhafer led off with a single then they took advantage of a struggling C-W pitcher as Brett Johnson, Jeremiah Wait, Jarrod Rudi and Sawyer DeMoe all drew walks and a wild pitch allowed Colfax to score two runs.They added three more in the sixth to pull ahead 5-3 when Logan Mittelstadt singled and more walks were issued along with a sacrifice fly by Rudi which brought Mittelstadt, Kiekhafer and Johnson home. C-W came back with three runs of their own in the sixth, resulting in DeMoe taking over on the mound from Mittelstadt with one out. DeMoe got out of the jam but the Vikings were down 6-5.
They still had some fire left in them, (even as the rain continued to fall) as they came up with a run in the top of the seventh when Mittelstadt singled again and moved around the bases on a wild pitch and a ground out to tie things up at 6-6. DeMoe whiffed the first batter in the bottom of the inning but turn about is fair play as the Bulldogs used a couple of walks with a wild pitch to move a runner to third, and he ended up scoring the winning run on another wild pitch.
Mittelstadt started on the mound for the Vikings and went five and a third innings as he gave up six runs on seven hits with five Ks and five free passes. DeMoe absorbed the loss with five walks and two strikeouts in the final one and two thirds innings.
Mittelstadt was 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, Rudi doubled and brought in a run, DeMoe, Kiekhafer and Nate Leibfried all picked up an RBI and Johnson, Kiekhafer and Mittelstadt all scored twice.
COLFAX 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 – 6
C-W 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 –7