by Samuel Ripp
The loses continued to add up for the Vikings’ baseball team as it dropped a pair of Dunn-St. Croix games at home last week.
A late rally by Colfax came up a few runs short as it fell to Mondovi 6-4 on its home field Monday, May 9.
And the results did not change three days later when it hosted Pepin/Alma in a large vs small D-SC contest. The Eagles soared to an 8-2 victory Thursday, May 12.
The Vikings have just one win in nine conference games and are 1-10 in all contests.
Time to add a few more wins is running short as Colfax has just five games remaining on its regular season schedule including four on the road before regional playoffs begin Thursday, May 26.
The Vikings, who were to play in Elmwood last Friday (May 13) before it was postponed (and are not sure if or when it will be made up), were at rival Elk Mound Monday. They host Glenwood City Thursday and will finish on the road with games in Plum City next Monday, May 23 and the following day at Carson Park against Eau Claire Immanuel.
The Colfax baseball team was home on Monday, May 9 against conference opponent Mondovi as its late rally fell short in a 6-4 loss.
Mondovi struck first in the game as it scored a run in the first.
Colfax answered in the bottom half of the inning with sophomore Mitch Kiekhafer coming home to score.
Mondovi regained the advantage just a half of inning later by adding one more. After adding one in the third, the Buffaloes tacked on another one in the fourth to go up by two runs.
The Buffaloes stretched the lead to 6-1 with three scores in the fifth inning.
Down to its final at bat in the seventh frame, Colfax scored three times but could not score any more and came up two runs short of forcing extra innings.
Senior Jarrod Rudi who went the full seven innings on the mound for Colfax. Rudi allowed six runs – just one of which was earned, allowed six hits and struck out seven Buffalo batters. Rudi issued two walks and a hit batter along with a wild pitch.
The Vikings tallied eight hits during the game that led to four runs. Collecting the hits for Colfax were: Brady Simonson with two, Rudi with two, sophomore Brett Schindler, Kiekhafer, sophomore Nate Polden, and senior Tyler Dawson.
Errors proved costly in the Vikings’ 7-2 loss to Pepin/Alma last Thursday, May 12.
Head Coach Kirk Secraw was not impressed by his team’s performance on the afternoon as fielding errors lead to early runs for the Eagles.
“We had way too many errors, I know we’re young, just common sense plays they need to be smarter,” said Secraw on his team’s performance.
Neither the game nor the season has gone as the first-year coach and his young players had hoped.
“Just overall frustrating,” stated Secraw after watching his team commit three errors on the game.
On the mound for Colfax was sophomore Nate Polden, who went the full seven innings. Polden gave up eight runs, but only four earned runs on ten hits. He also struck out six and walked six Eagle batters.
Pepin/Alma opened the scoring in the second inning by pushing three runs across for the early lead after reaching base on a couple errors by the Viking defense.
Colfax cut the lead to one after they found the bats in the bottom of the fourth as sophomores Brett Schindler and Mitch Kiekhafer scored runs.
But the Eagles extended their lead a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Pepin/Alma added another run in the seventh for some insurance and went on for the win when the Vikings failed to score in their final at bat.
The Vikings had six hits in the loss and collecting as Brett Schindler and Ben Christianson had two and Nate Polden and Brady Simonson each had one.
Ben Christianson also collected the only two RBIs on the afternoon for the Vikings.