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Colfax wins slug fest with Plum City, falls to Raiders and Eagles

The Colfax softball team started last week with a some offensive fireworks.

The Vikings collected 18 hits in a road game at Plum City last Monday to win a 22-17 slug fest with the Blue Devils.

Plum City finished with 12 hits of its own in the May 14 conference contest.

 The Vikings could have used some of that offensive punch in their next two contests both of which were played at home.

Colfax fell 7-3 to Elmwood the following day and lost a 16-2 contest to conference champion Pepin/Alma on Thursday.

The Vikings finished the regular season with a 3-6 mark in the Dunn-St. Croix and 7-9 overall.

Colfax earned a sixth seed in WIAA Division 4 Shell Lake sectional and will face three-seed Regis in a regional semifinal game to be played in Eau Claire today (Wednesday, May 23). The winner will advance to Friday’s regional title game.

Plum City

Just three days after scoring 20 runs in a road win at Spring Valley, Colfax’s offense out did itself churning out 22 runs in a May 14 conference contest in Plum City.

And the Vikings needed most of the those runs as the Blue Devils rallied from an early 9-0 deficit to make a game it.

In the end, Colfax held off their devilish opponent for the 22-17, seven-inning win.

“We jumped out early and had a great day at the plate,” said head Coach John Dickinsen, whose Vikings finished with 18 hits.

“Plum City hit the ball well after the first two innings,” continued Dickinson.

Plum City tallied a dozen hits.

“We didn’t play well defensively behind Jozie (Buchanan) and Tamara (Huffman),” said Dickinsen.

The teams combined for seven fielding errors, four of which belonged to Colfax.

“Thankfully, we were able to hit the ball well enough to outscore them.”

All eleven of Colfax’s starters scored runs and many hit the ball extremely well.

Kaitlyn Field had five hits including a pair of doubles in six at bats and finished with three RBIs to lead the Vikings’ offense. Jozie Buchanan, who picked up the pitching win, went 4-for-5 hitting with an RBI and Makayla Mattson and Bailey Bradford each had three hits in six plate appearances with Mattson collecting four RBIs and Bradford three.
Taylor Irwin also had three hits with a pair of doubles and five RBIs in four at bats.

Colfax scored four runs in the first inning and added five more in the top of the third for a 9-0 lead.

Plum City’s offense, however, woke up in the bottom of the half of that frame and scored six runs to climb back into the contest.

The Vikings got all six scores back in their half of the fourth but the Blue Devils tacked on four runs in their fourth and fifth frames to pull within a run at 15-14.

Colfax struck for five runs in the top of the sixth while Plum City added a run.

Both squads finished by scoring a pair of runs in the seventh to account for the 22-17 final.

Buchanan surrendered ten runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two in four innings of work for the victory. Tamara Huffmann threw three innings, giving up three hits for seven runs, walked seven and finished with four strike outs.

Morgan Duden took the loss for Plum City which was lead by Jessica Martin’s three-hit performance and had a triple from Ellie Funk and doubles by Bekah Henn and Olivia Miller.

Elmwood

Colfax surrendered four runs in the first inning to visiting Elmwood and were never able to fully recover in the Tuesday, May 15 contest, eventually losing 7-3.

“We started out slow defensively which really hurt,” stated Coach Dickinson. “(After we) gave up four runs in the first inning, we then played pretty well after that.”

Dickinson said Jozie Buchanan pitched well and was very efficient but that the Vikings offense didn’t help her out.

Buchanan threw all seven innings, allowing ten hits and all seven runs, struck out four and walked two in suffering the loss.

Colfax finished with just six hits, two of which were turned in by Buchanan. Bailey Bradford had a pair of hits including a double. Amanda Christianson also doubled.

Elmwood led 6-0 before Colfax finally scored in the fifth.

That is when the Vikings plated all three of their runs. Huffman opened the inning with a walk and scored on Bradford’s double. Kaitlyn Field brought Bradford in for the Vikes’ second run and then scored on Buchanan’s RBI hit.

Elmwood added a final run in the seventh for the four-run win.

Pepin/Alma

Tamara Huffman walked and scored in the first to give Colfax a 1-0 advantage which it held through the first three innings of its conference and regular season finale at home against league-leading Pepin/Alma last Thursday, May 17.

Unfortunately for Huffman and the Vikings, the Eagles offense finally woke up taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Pepin/Alma then began to collect hits and runs off of Huffman, who started on the pitching mound and went the distance for the Vikings, adding 14 runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the 16-2 win.

The Eagles had a trio of hits and took advantage of three walks and a hit batter to score six times in the fifth frame and added eight runs in the sixth on four hits and three more walks.

Colfax scored its only other run in the bottom half of the sixth when Kameri Meredith walked and scored Bailey Bradford’s ground out.

Colfax finished with just five hits and left runners on base in four of the game’s six innings. Huffman had 11 strike outs but surrendered 11 hits and had ten base on balls in the loss.  

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