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Vikings split D-SC baseball games; nipped by Bulldogs, squeeze past E/PC Wolves

It’s all about timing, as the Colfax baseball team learned in its games last week.

In a 4-2 loss at Boyceville on Monday, May 7, the Vikings not only had a hard time getting runners home but just putting the bat on the ball.

Colfax ended up with just two hits in the loss as it stranded several runners in scoring position.

Two days later when Colfax hosted Elmwood/Plum City, the Vikings seemed to have learned their lesson as they came up with some clutch hits and runs to edged the Wolves 5-4 on Thursday, May 10.

Currently, Colfax finds itself in a three-way tie for third with Elk Mound and Spring Valley. All are 3-2 in conference. The Vikings are 4-3 overall.

Colfax will have a chance to take sole possession of third with games against both Elk Mound and Spring Valley.

The Vikings hosted the Mounders Monday and will travel to Spring Valley next Monday, May 21 to close out the conference and regular season.

Colfax begins WIAA Division 3 tournament play on Thursday, May 24. Match-ups have not yet been released.

Boyceville

Colfax just had a hard time converting base runners into runs when it played a Dunn-St. Croix conference baseball game in Boyceville last Monday.

The Vikings loaded the bases in the third inning and had runners at second and third in the fourth and could not score a single run.

Boyceville scored twice in the bottom of the third to take a two-run lead.

Colfax finally broke through in the top of the fifth, plating two runs on a pair of hits to knot the game at two apiece.

Mitchell Kiekhafer opened the frame with a single.  Two batters later, Nate Polden walked. Kiekhafer and Polden would score on Mitch Harmon’s hit.

Boyceville scored the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth when Vikings’ reliever Nate Polden hit a Bulldog batter, walked another and surrendered a two-RBI single.

Those runs would stand up as  Boyceville’s own reliever, Brady Nye, sat the Vikings down in order in the seventh to preserve a 4-2 Boyceville win.

Boyceville finished with five hits to Colfax’s two.

Polden took the throwing loss, finishing the final three and two-third innings with six strike outs, two walks and four hits and three runs. Brett Schindler started and went two and a third with a walk, a hit and a run.

Elmwood/Plum City

Nate Polden rebounded from the loss in Boyceville to pitch two solid innings of relief ball against Elmwood/Plum City last Thursday, May 10.

Polden did not allow a hit, a run, a walk and had three strikes outs which helped Colfax rally for a 5-4 home win over the Wolves.

The Vikings held a 3-1 lead after the second inning thanks in part to Brett Schindler’s RBI triple and score in the first.

But the Wolves scored twice in the top of the third to tie the game and then added a single run in the fifth to lead 4-3.

Colfax scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.

The Vikings would plate the winning score in the sixth as it drew three walks and a hit batsman.

Nick Jenson collected two of Vikings’ six hits and Schindler finished with a hit and two RBIs.  

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