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Vikings’ softball suffers setbacks to Bulldogs and Panthers

by Samuel Ripp

Colfax softball dropped a pair of conference games in action last week to extend its winless streak to five games.

After starting the year 2-2, the Lady Vikings have lost five straight games and have fallen to 2-7 in conference and overall play.

An 8-3 loss in Boyceville Monday, May 2 coupled with a heartbreaking 9-8 defeat in Durand Thursday, May 5 were the latest losses in the Vikings’ slide.

The Lady Vikings, whose last win came April 18 in a 10-0 home win against Spring Valley, will look to get back on track this week with a pair of home games. Mondovi was in town Monday, May 9 and Pepin/Alma will be here Thursday, May 12.

Colfax will travel to Elk Mound next Monday, May 16.

Boyceville

The Colfax softball team was on the road Monday, May 2 in Boyceville and could not produce enough offense for the win as they lost 8-3.

The Lady Vikings could not contain the Lady Bulldogs as they put up six runs in the sixth for the win.

On the mound for Colfax was sophomore Tamara Huffman who pitched six innings and gave up six hits. She also gave up six walks and seven earned runs on the afternoon while only striking out four. She picked up the loss on the day.

Senior Lakken Meredith came in for one inning of relief and gave up two hits and one run in her short time on the mound.

The Lady Bulldogs would start the game off by scoring two in the bottom half of the first inning for the early lead. Pitching and defense took over for the next couple innings until Colfax broke though for a run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to only one.

The Lady Vikings would tie the game up in the top of the sixth by adding one more run.

This tie, however, would not last long as Boyceville struck for six in the bottom half of the inning to put Colfax away. Colfax would try to rally in the seventh, but could only manage one run and dropped the game 8-3.

On offense, the Lady Vikings managed six hits on the night and three RBIs. Collecting hits on the afternoon included: Meredith, sophomore Mikaela Liebfried, freshman Kaitlyn Field, sophomore Becca Lee with two, and sophomore Hailey Durand.

Adding to their RBI totals on the year was Meredith, Liebfried, and sophomore McKayla Moore.

Durand

The Colfax softball team was on the road at Durand on Thursday, May 5 and came up on the short end of the game with a 9-8 loss.

Colfax played a very good game the whole way through, but just couldn’t finish at the end. They played a very tough Panthers team and held their own. Colfax led most of the game until the end.

The Lady Vikings would start the game off right by plating one run in the top of the first to give them the early lead. They added four more runs in the top of the second inning to keep the momentum going.

Durand finally got the bats going in the bottom of the third by pushing across four runs to cut the deficit to only one. The Panthers would then tie the game up in the next inning at five.

Durand found its first lead of the game in the fifth inning, but Colfax responded quickly in the top of the sixth. The Lady Vikings struck for three in the sixth with a big RBI from sophomore A.J. Ottinger.

Colfax could not hang on to their lead for long as it gave up two runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game right back up at eight.

It was then Durand walking off in the bottom of the seventh inning with a 9-8 victory.

On the mound for Colfax was a combination of senior Lakken Meredith and sophomore Tamara Huffman who both pitched well in the game.

As a team, Colfax exploded for 17 hits and five RBIs on the afternoon. Collecting the hits included: sophomore Mikaela Leibfried with three, freshman Kaitlyn Field, Huffman with two, Meredith with three, sophomore Hailey Durand with three, Ottinger, sophomore Becca Lee with two, and junior Dailyn Mortenson with two.

Adding to their RBI totals on the year included: Huffman, Meredith with two, Durand, and Ottinger.

Despite the loss, Head Coach Rich Meredith was very happy with they way his team played.

“We brought our “A” game proving we can play with any team,” stated Meredith after the game.

Meredith also realized that they were the position to win a close game because of the whole team and not individual players.

“It was truly a great team effort,” said Meredith about his team.