By Shawn DeWitt
Kirk Secraw’s Colfax baseball team started and ended last week with wins.
It was the contest in between that haunted the Vikings’ diamond boys.
The Vikings scored a thrilling 11-9 home win over Glenwood City last Monday, April 30 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a tie game.
Colfax welcomed Dunn-St. Croix front runner-up Durand for a conference match-up last Thursday, May 3. But one bad inning and an inability to drive in runners cost the Vikings as Durand won 11-1 in five innings.
The following day, Friday, May 4, the Vikings made the long trek south to Alma to face the Eagles of Pepin/Alma. For the second time in a week, Colfax ten-runned Pepin/Alma, winning 14-4 in six innings.
Taking two of three games last week, the Vikings improved to 3-2 overall and are 2-1 in conference play.
The Vikings played the Bulldogs in Boyceville Monday and return home Thursday for a doubleheader against Elmwood/Plum City. They travel to Mondovi on Friday and are back home next Monday, May 14 to welcome Elk Mound in a doubleheader.
In a game that saw four ties and five lead changes, Colfax ended up having the final say when it hosted Glenwood City in a Dunn-St. Croix baseball showdown at home last Monday, April 30.
After Glenwood City had plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning to knot the game at nine all, Colfax scored twice in their half of the frame to win the contest, 11-9.
“We had a couple of mental lapses but were able to get the win,” said Coach Secraw.
Caden Erickson reached on an error to open the Viking seventh inning. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brett Schindler’s RBI double. On the next at bat, Nate Polden singled home Schindler to give Colfax a two-run win.
“It was a great game for Brett Schindler not only pitching but hitting,” noted Secraw.
Schindler went a perfect 4-for-4 hitting with two doubles and two RBIs and three stolen bases and four runs scored. The senior also pitched the final three innings of the game to get the win, allowing just two hits and three earned runs and struck out a pair and walked four.
Mitch Kiekhafer had two hits as did Drew Gibson. Nick Jenson finished with a hit and four RBIs for Colfax who outhit the Toppers 13 to 4.
Nate Polden threw three and a third giving up six runs on three hits with two walks and four strike outs. Mitch Kiekhafer went two-thirds on the mound.
Trailing by a couple of runs in the first two and a half innings, Colfax would battle back to finally take its first lead, 4-3 in third.
Both teams scored twice in the fourth.
Colfax added a run in the fifth when Cole Kiekhafer reached on a Hilltoppers error and scored on Caden Erickson’s single.
Glenwood City tied it with a run in the sixth only to have Colfax score runs by Schindler and Polden on hits from Jenson and Gibson to take a 9-7 lead.
But a stubborn Glenwood City squad refused to go down, collected a pair of runs to knot the game at nine and set up the Vikings final at bat.
Both teams committed five errors.
Panthers hurler Josh Biesterveld allowed the Vikings just two hits and one run in three innings of work when his team visited Colfax last Thursday, May 3.
Isaiah Whitwam added two innings of hitless and scoreless relief as Durand stayed unbeaten in the Dunn-St. Croix with an 11-1 victory over Colfax.
Colfax, who had trouble putting the bat on the ball and scoring runs, doomed its chances of victory when it surrendered six hits including a pair of doubles and seven runs in the third inning to break open a scoreless game.
The Panthers tacked up three more in the fourth and a final run for the win in the fifth and finished with nine hits.
Colfax’s lone run came in the bottom of the third when Nate Polden drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on two stolen bases and eventually scored.
Brett Schinlder and Drew Gibson had the two Vikings’ hits.
Mitch Kiekhafer, who started the game and went three innings, took the loss. He was credited with eight hits and seven runs with three walks and a strike out. Caden Erickson pitched the final two frames giving up four runs on three hits with four walks and a strike out.
Despite a slow start and some sloppy play, Colfax was able to leave Alma last Friday night, May 4, with a convincing 14-4 win over Pepin/Alma in six.
It was the Vikings’ second win over the Eagles in a week. Colfax won 11-1 in an April 27 game played at home.
The Vikings enjoyed success a the plate collecting ten hits and 14 runs in the victory.
Coach Secraw stated that Taylor Sarauer had a great game as the designated hitter as he finished with two hits including a double and two runs scored.
Mitch Kiekhafer and Brett Schindler also had a pair of hits including a double for Kiekhafer.
The Vikings scored five runs in the third, four in the fourth, three in the sixth and one each in the second and fifth innings.
The Eagles scored once in the first and three in the third.
Nate Polden and Brett Schindler combined to pitch over three innings of scoreless ball. Polden got the win just two hits and three strike outs in two plus innings while Schindler did not allow a hit in one inning of work.