By Cara L. Dempski
The last time the Lady Vikings took the field, they looked sluggish and slow, devoid of their usual energy and pep, and it ended in a loss at Glenwood City.
Just days later the Colfax girls appeared to play much the same way they did against the Hilltoppers for a May 8 home game against Plum City. It was not until the sixth inning that the Viking softball team finally rounded a corner.
The Colfax ladies came from behind in the game to upend the Blue Devils 11-6.
The Lady Vikings then welcomed the Mondovi team to its home field May 9. The team struggled initially against the Lady Buffaloes, but earned a walk-off win in the seventh to move to 8-6 and fifth place in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Colfax ended its week with a May 11 road trip to its long-time rival, Elk Mound, where it lost 4-2.
[emember_protected] The Vikings were to play Spring Valley at home May 15 before traveling to Elmwood on May 16. They will head to Pepin/Alma for a meeting with the Eagles May 18.
Colfax, currently 8-7 in conference and overall play, will start regionals on May 23.
Viking head softball coach Richard Meredith started his post-game comments about the May 8 home game against Plum City very simply.
“It was an interesting game,” he stated. “We could not hit the ball, then in the bottom of the sixth, we came up with 10 hits.”
Colfax was trailing 6-1 at the bottom of the sixth, but then the team’s bats seemed to take on a life of their own.
Tamara Huffman was the first Viking player to score when she raced home in the first, but the Colfax team could only get one person on base until the bottom of the sixth.
Huffman started the team off with a single, then Kameri Meredith hit another single, and Kaitlyn Field hit a single to load the bases with only one out. A pair of singles from Hailey Durand-Christianson and Dailyn Mortenson pushed Huffman and Meredith around to score before MaKayla Mattson drilled a line-drive double past the center-fielder to send Durand-Christianson and Mortenson around.
Freshman Jozie Buchanan pushed Mattson to third with a single before Huffman stepped up to the plate to wallop the ball deep enough to earn a home run. Not to be upstaged, Meredith stepped up to bat next, and smacked another home run.
Mikaela Leibfried got a single on her second trip to the plate in the inning after flying out to left in her first attempt. She was left there after Durand-Christianson popped an infield fly that was caught by the Eagle shortstop.
Colfax just needed to hold on to its lead after the sixth, which it did, to add the W to the win-loss column.
Coach Meredith noted the Blue Devils put up a good fight, and said the more challenges his team sees, the stronger the Vikings will become as they close out the regular season and start focusing on playoffs.
Kaitlyn Field copped a team-leading three RBIs for the game, while Mattson is credited with two runners batted in and a double. Huffman picked up a pair of RBIs, and Meredith, Durand-Christianson and Buchanan all batted in one runner each.
Jozie Buchanan pitched seven innings allowing no walks, eight hits and six runs. She struck out six batters.
PLUM CITY 6, COLFAX 11
Plum City…………..0 3 2 0 1 0 0 — 6
Colfax……………….1 0 0 0 0 10 0 — 11
The May 9 home game the Lady Vikings played against the Buffaloes was a back-and-forth affair that ended in a walk-off win that kept the Colfax squad’s hopes of making a post season run alive.
The Vikings trailed 3-2 after just one inning, and were down 6-2 after the top half of the third when their bats lit up. The home team drove in five runs to take a 7-6 lead before getting the final out of the fourth.
The Buffs chalked up another run in the top of the fifth to tie things up 7-7, but Colfax used its next at bat to send in another pair of runners to give Vikings a 9-7 lead as they stared down the sixth. After neither team scored in the sixth, the Buffaloes took the lead again with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Instead of knuckling under, the Vikings drove home two more runners to cop the 11-10 win.
Kameri Meredith was walked in the bottom of the seventh, and then stole second base. Mikaela Leibfried sent a hard line drive at second that gave her ample time to reach first base and send Meredith to third.
With no outs on the board, Leibfried stole second, and then Kaitlyn Field slapped a line drive to right field that pushed Meredith and Leibfried all the way around for the win.
Field sent five batters home to score and logged a double to lead the offense. Meredith recorded an RBI, a double, and a home run, and MaKayla Mattson is credited with an RBI and a double. Becca Lee logged a pair of RBIs, while Leibfried and Hailey Durand-Christianson took credit for one runner batted in each.
Pitcher Tamara Huffman earned the win after pitching four innings and giving up six runs and dishing out four strikeouts. Freshman Jozie Buchanan took over for the final three innings and struck out one batter while allowing four runs.
MONDOVI 10, COLFAX 11
Mondovi…………….3 0 0 3 1 0 3 — 10
Colfax………………..2 0 0 5 2 0 2 — 11 [/emember_protected]