Viking baseball blanked by Blackhawks, shut out by Cards

By Cara L. Dempski

Every season has to start somewhere, but Colfax’s head baseball coach, Kirk Secraw, probably was not anticipating the start his team got this year.

The Vikings headed to the next city east on State Highway 40, Bloomer, April 11, where they were subjected to a 14-0 shutout at the hands of the Blackhawks. The team picked itself up and dusted itself off in time to head to Spring Valley April 13.

But the squad suffered yet another smack down in Spring Valley, when it suffered an 11-0 loss to the Cardinals.

[emember_protected] Colfax, 0-2 after its first week, has yet to play its first contest in the Large Dunn-St. Croix.

The Vikings were scheduled to host Mondovi April 18 to open large division play before heading to long-time rival Elk Mound this Friday. They return home next Monday, April 24  for a inter-division contest against the Elmwood Raiders.

Bloomer

Anyone looking at the statistics from Colfax’s April 11 trip to Bloomer would immediately know the first inning was a rough one for the Vikings.

Coach Secraw put up three batters to open the game, and all three got knocked out.

Then the Blackhawks were up to bat, and went all the way through their nine-man order, and through the top three, before the Viking defense could get a third out on them.

The result?

Bloomer scored eight runs, which enabled it to cruise through the rest of the game.

That’s all the runs that starting Bloomer pitcher John Barr needed as he threw a no-hitter.

In fact, Barr sat down the first 12 Colfax batters he faced. 

It wasn’t until the top of the fourth that the Vikings picked up first baserunner on a walk but thrown out stealing. Then in the top of the fifth, Tommy Anderson led off the inning with a walk. But Barr quickly extinguished the promising opportunity as he struck out the next three Colfax batters to end the contest. 

Bloomer added a trio of runs in the second and third innings to account for the 14-0 final score.

The Vikings were able to get only two runners on base in the five inning contest, but no one home in the matchup, as they had seven strike out, six fly balls for outs and two ground outs.

COLFAX 0, BLOOMER 14
Colfax……………………….0  0  0  0  0 —   0
Bloomer……………………..8  3  3  0  0 — 14

Spring Valley

The Vikings did not fare much better at Spring Valley April 13 in the conference opener.

Colfax was again shut out as the Cardinals took the win in five innings after picking up 11 runs.

TAKING A SWING — Colfax’s Mitch Harmon took a swing at the ball during the Vikings’ road game in Spring Valley April 13. The Cardinals downed the Vikings 11-0. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Hitting the opposition’s pitching once again proved to be a challenge for the Vikings.

The Vikings’ Tyler Snyder registered to lone Colfax hit off of Spring Valley senior hurler Sean Borgerding, who took picked up the win with seven strike outs and just a walk. Colfax had just 16 atbats, one more than the minimum number for a five-inning game.

Spring Valley finished with nine hits featuring doubles by Dylan Bune, Sam Verges and Brock Bune. Brock Bune finished two-for-two with two runs scored for the Cards. 

Nate Polden pitched four innings for Colfax, and gave up six hits and five runs while earning two strikeouts. Devin Lamm suffered the loss after making it just two-thirds of an inning where  he surrendered three hits for six runs in just 34 pitches.

COLFAX 0, SPRING VALLEY 11
Colfax……………………….0  0  0  0  0 —  0
Spring Valley……………..0  1  0  4  6 — 11 [/emember_protected]