COLFAX — With the weather finally cooperating, the Colfax baseball team was able to take the diamond for a pair of games last week.
The Vikings hosted Spring Valley last Thursday where they lost the season and home opener, 12-2, to the Cardinals.
Colfax returned to the confines of its home diamond the next day to welcome Pepin/Alma in the Dunn-St. Croix conference opener for both teams.
Mitch Secraw gave an inspiring performance on the mound allowing just five hits and a single run in a complete-game effort. The offense also had a breakout game, smacking 13 hits to boost the Vikings to a 11-1 in six innings.
The win gave the Vikings a split in their first week of action.
Colfax hosted Glenwood City in conference play on Monday and will welcome Durand to town on Thursday. The Vikings then hit the road for a pair of games, playing in Alma against Pepin/Alma on Friday and will be in Boyceville next Monday, May 7 to take on the Bulldogs.
If not for the third inning, Colfax’s season-opening baseball game in Spring Valley would have been much closer.
The Vikings trailed just 2-1 when the Cardinals came to bat in the bottom half of the third.
By the time Colfax had secured the third out, Spring Valley had pushed seven runs across home plate and went on to a 12-2 win in five innings.
Colfax surrendered four of Spring Valley’s seven hits, including a 3 RBI double, in that decisive inning and committed a pair of costly errors.
The Vikings, who scored their first run in the second when Nate Polden led off with a double and scored, added their second run in the fourth. Mitch Harmon singled and then scored on Nick Jenson’s RBI hit.
But Spring Valley added one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to win in five frames by the ten-run rule.
Harmon finished with two of the Vikes’ four hits – Polden and Jenson had the other base raps.
Colfax used four pitchers. Mitch Kiekhafer worked an inning and a third (1 hit and 1 run), Nick Jenson threw for two and a third (3 hits and 7 runs), Nate Polden suffered the loss after going just two-thirds of an inning (1 hit and 2 runs) and Caden Erickson was credited with a third of an inning (2 hits and 2 runs).
What a difference a few days can make.
After suffering a 10-run home loss to Spring Valley the previous day, Colfax came out swinging against the Pepin/Alma Eagles.
The Vikings collected 13 hits against the Eagles as Mitch Secraw handcuffed the Pepin/Alma batters, allowing just five hits and a single run in a complete-game effort that helped Colfax even their season mark at 1-1 with a 11-1, six-innings victory April 27.
“It was a great game all around,” said Vikings’ head coach Kirk Secraw.
“Solid fielding and great pitching from Mitch Kiekhafer,” added Secraw.
Secraw also noted that Kiekhafer hit his spots and was aggressive in all six of his innings on the mound, where he gave up no earned runs to get the win.
Colfax broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Pepin/Alma scored its only run in the fourth only to have the Vikings answer with four more runs in the bottom half of the frame and another four in the sixth to bring the game to an end.
Nick Jenson finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Vikings offense. Nate Polden, Caden Erickson, Chris Scharlau and Brett Schindler all finished with two hits.