By Cara L. Dempski
The young Vikings’ baseball team has not had an easy time of it this season.
It was not until the final three days of regular-season play that the team could put a “W” in its win-loss column.
They did, however, finally earn a conference win against Glenwood City May 20 before heading to Durand for a double-header May 22. Colfax completed its D-SC and regular season by getting mauled by the Panthers 28-0 and 17-0, before turning its focus to a May 25 regional opener in Boyceville.
[emember_protected] The Viking squad, who finished 1-11 in conference, made a game out of their Division 3 regional debut against the Bulldogs, knotting the game up at two early on before falling behind and eventually losing to the Boyceville squad, 5-3.
Colfax’s team of mostly underclassmen finished its 2017 season with a 1-14 record and will look to build on this year’s work to improve in 2018.
If there was one good thing that came out of Colfax’s final week of 2017 play, it is that the finished their season with at least one win to their record.
The Vikings may still have been riding their high from beating Glenwood City two days earlier when they hit the road to Durand for a double-header to cap their Dunn-St. Croix season. When the team headed back to Colfax later that evening, it was after being shut out 28-0 and 17-0.
The Panthers got on the board with eight runs in the first inning and seemingly never looked back. They picked up another five in the second, four runs in the third, and six in the fourth for a 23-0 lead as they headed into the fifth inning. The Durand squad then tacked up another five runs for the 28-0 win.
The home team was apparently not yet finished brutalizing the Vikings, as they got on the board with three runs in the first, before going scoreless in the second and adding six runs in the third. The Panthers put up eight more runs in the fourth inning to cop their second win of the day.
The Vikings collected just three hits in the two games.
Colfax pitchers Nate Polden, Devin Lamm and Tommy Anderson struck out just five batters in the first game while allowing 22 hits and walking 12. Tyler Snyder, Nick Jenson and Chris Scharlau earned just three strikeouts in the second game, walked 11, and allowed 10 hits.
COLFAX 0, DURAND 28
Colfax……………………….0 0 0 0 0 — 0
Durand………………………8 5 4 5 5 — 28
DURAND 17, COLFAX 0
Durand………………………3 0 7 8 0 — 17
Colfax………………………..0 0 0 0 0 — 0
For a team that spent most of the season playing at the bottom of the conference, the Vikings took advantage of the season reset that happens when tournament season starts.
Colfax played efficiently and with confidence against the Bulldogs in their regional debut May 25, scoring three runs, but they could not quite get past their conference rival to move further in the tournament. The Vikings fell 5-3 to the Dogs.
The Colfax squad did not get on the board until the top of the second, when Nate Polden and Nick Jenson raced home to tie the game up at two. They struggled through the third, fourth and fifth innings, sending three batters to face the Boyceville pitching staff each time, and watching all three get outs.
Dalton Schotter tacked up another run with a solo home run in sixth to narrow the game to 5-3 after the Bulldogs had scored four between the first two innings and a fifth in the fifth inning.
They could not keep up in the final inning, though, and eventually succumbed to the Boyceville team to end their season.
Kamdon Quast batted in a pair of runners and hit a double to lead the offense, and Brett Schindler accounted for a single RBI and a home run.
Polden pitched four innings, hurling the ball 77 times for four hits, four runs and five strikeouts. Schindler took over for him, throwing a pair of hits and one run in 21 pitches.
COLFAX 3, BOYCEVILLE 5
Colfax………………….0 2 0 0 0 1 0 — 3
Boyceville…………….2 2 0 0 1 0 0 — 5 [/emember_protected]