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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax baseball team got its 2019 season off to a less than stellar start last week as it lost away games to the Somerset Spartans and the Durand Panthers.
The Vikings’ diamond season opened last Monday, April 1 in Somerset and saw the Vikings take a 13-3 defeat at the hands of the Spartans.
Vikings coach Kirk Secraw explained that going forward Colfax would be working to improve their baseball IQ.
The second game of the week proved to be another downhill slide as the Vikings went from hosting a game against Durand, to having to travel to the Panther’s home field last Friday, April 5. Shaky pitching and the inability to retire Durand batters was the downfall of the Vikings in a 8-0 loss.
This past Monday, April 8, was the first of two regular-season meetings between the Vikings and Mounders. Colfax was then back on the road to Bloomer yesterday (Tuesday, April 9) to take on the Blackhawks. The Vikings will then travel to Plum City to take on Elmwood/Plum City this Thursday, April 11, and will host the Hilltoppers on Friday, April 12. Colfax will wrap up a busy week with an away game against Mondovi on next Monday, April 15 and will host Pepin/Alma on Tuesday, April 16.
With a spring snow storm set to dump over a foot of white stuff across the area today through Friday, many of those aforementioned contests may likely be postponed.
The season finally got underway for the Colfax baseball team as it traveled to Somerset last Monday, April 1, to take on the Spartans in the season opener.
Colfax managed just three hits and three runs against Somerset, who collected a dozen hits off Vikings’ pitching, in a 13-3, six-inning loss to start the 2019 diamond campaign.
“It was the first time on the field, we had some good plays but some bad plays,” said Vikings’ head coach Kirk Secraw. “We need to improve our baseball IQ.”
Somerset took a 3-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning and two more in the second.
Chris Scharlau got the Vikings on the board in the third inning with a run. A hit from Mitch Harmon brought in an RBI in the fourth and Bryce Sikora earned a run in the fifth.
George Scharlau and left handed pitcher Drew Gibson handled most of the heavy lifting for Colfax with Gibson pitching three innings and Scharlau tackling one and two-thirds innings.
Drew Gibson started the game against the Spartans. Gibson managed to offer up only four hits and three earned runs to start his season off with a 7.00 ERA (earned run average), while George gave up two earned runs and struck out three batters that faced him.
“Drew and George pitched well, we had some bad plays in the fifth and sixth inning that really cost us the game,” Secraw stated.
The Vikings had brought the score within four before the Spartans would take it to the pitching staff and bring in five runs in the sixth inning.
Colfax….….….……0 0 1 1 1 0 – 3
Somerset.…..…….1 2 0 1 3 5 – 13
AB-H-R: Sawyer Best 2-0-0, Bryce Sikora 2-1-1, George Scharlau 3-0-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-1, Mitch Harmon 3-1-0, Caden Erickson 3-2-0, Marcus Drees 2-0-0, Chris Scharlau 2-0-1, Austin Snyder 3-0-0. Totals 25-3-3.
AJ Beasley 3-2-3, Ryan Kelly 2-1-2, Aaron Shartin-Folkert 3-1-2, Andre Beasley 1-1-1, Jimmy Siggens 1-1-1, Will Piletich 4-0-1, Jack Casey 1-1-1, Jack Branch 2-1-1, Nick Swanson 3-1-0, Jack Gazdik 4-3-1. Totals 28-12-13
Colfax, Drew Gibson (L) 3 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 3 R (3 earned), Jamison Flatland 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 H, 2 R (1 earned), George Scharlau 1 2/3 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 2 R (2 earned), Caden Erickson 1/3 IP, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 H, 2 R (1 earned), Austin Snyder 0 IP, 1 BB, 1 H, 4 R (2 earned); Somerset, Bailey Mullenberg (W) 4 IP, 4 K, 3 BB, 2 H, 2 R (1 earned), AJ Beasley 2 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 R (1 earned).
The Colfax Vikings made their way to Durand last Friday evening, April 5, in a game that was originally to be hosted by the Vikings, but field conditions forced the change in venue.
The Vikings had a bad outing against the Panthers as they struggled in the second inning to get the defense going against Durand and were shut out 8-0 by the Panthers.
Drew Gibson started things off for Colfax as he pitched one and a third innings for the Vikings before being replaced by Jamison Flatland. Flatland pitched three innings against the Panthers and gave up four walks and one earned run while Gibson allowed four walks and five earned runs in his time on the mound.
“Jamison Flatland came in and pitched well,” said coach Secraw. “Our biggest problem is we need to throw strikes.”
In Durand’s 25 at bats, the Vikings only struck out eight batters while walking 14, each of the Colfax pitcher’s finished with high ERAs (earned run average) and finished out the game with a 7.00 ERA overall.
Mitch Harmon was fast from behind the plate as he was able to throw out three of the Panther’s runners, one at each of the bases.
“Zach Rindy also hit the ball well,” Secraw said.
Rindy was the only Viking to finish with two hits against the Panthers in his three plate appearances, he went two-of-three at the plate and was only struck out once.
Colfax….….….……0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Durand…..…..…….1 4 0 0 1 2 0 – 8
AB-H-R: Drew Gibson 2-1-0, Chris Scharlau 3-1-0, Jamison Flatland 2-1-0, Zach Rindy 3-2-0.
Christian O’Keefe 5-2-1, Preston Milliren 2-1-2, Joey Biesterveld 3-2-0, Blaine Bauer 2-1-2, Braden King 2-1-1, Parker Traun 3-0-1, Cole Wittig 1-0-1.
Colfax, Drew Gibson (L) 1 1/3 IP, 2 K, 4 BB, 5 R (5 earned), Jamison Flatland 3 IP, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 Run (1 earned), Bryce Sikora 1 1/3 IP, 1 K, 4 BB, 2 R (1 earned), Nick Jensen 1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Durand, Isaiah Whitwam 6 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 R, Joey Biesterveld 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R.