by Samuel Ripp
CADOTT — When opportunity comes knocking, you had best make the most of it.
The Colfax girls loaded the bases in the opening inning of their WIAA Division 3 regional softball quarterfinal against host Cadott last Tuesday, May 24. But the Vikings scored just a single run.
As it turned out, that was the only run that the Vikings, seeded tenth, scored in the five-inning 11-1 season-ending loss to the seventh-seeded Lady Hornets.
Colfax, who finished fifth in the large Dunn-St. Croix softball standings, ended the season at 3-11.
Colfax’ lone run came early when sophomore Hailey Durand drew a bases loaded walk that scored sophomore Mikaela Leibfried. Cadott was able to get out of the first without any further damage.
Cadott tied the game in the bottom half of the inning the same way — a bases loaded walk. Colfax starting pitcher Tamara Huffman walked four straight batters allowing the Hornets to knot the score at one.
Cadott would take the lead for good in the second inning as it batted through the order and scored four. The Hornets tacked on three more runs in the third inning before scoring another triple in the fourth to give them a ten-run, 11-1 lead. When Colfax failed to score in its half of the fifth, the game came to an end as did the Vikings’ season.
Sophomore Tamara Huffman took the pitching loss as Cadott got to her early and often.
The Lady Vikings managed only five hits in the game. Three of those went to Mikaela Leibfried which included a double and Huffman had the other two.
Despite the loss, the Colfax softball team had some outstanding players on their roster. Senior Lakken Meredith earned first team All-Conference recognition and sophomore Mikaela Leibfried earned second team All-Conference honors.
Head Coach Rich Meredith knew it was going to be a bumpy season, but enjoyed the ride.
“The team had its ups and downs all season, but everything was a learning experience,” said Meredith after the game.
With several underclassmen, the Lady Vikings should have several players returning to the squad next season.
“We are only losing one senior,” noted Meredith of his daughter Lakken.
“We look to a strong returning team in the spring of 2017,” concluded Meredith.