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By Amber Hayden
PEPIN — Colfax has shown early improvement on the softball field and looked to continue that trend when it traveled to Pepin last Tuesday, April 16 to take on the defending Dunn-St. Croix champion Eagles in a conference game that had been originally slated to be played in Colfax.
While the Vikings belted 11 hits including a pair of doubles, they managed to score just four runs.
Meanwhile the host Eagles took advantage of their eight hits, five Colfax errors and a seven-run fifth frame to stave off the upset-minded Vikings 9 to 4 in seven innings.
The Vikings are 0-2 in conference and overall play.
“We really had one bad inning that cost us the game when we gave up seven in the fifth,” said Colfax head softball coach John Dickinsen.
Colfax actually trailed 9-0 before they scored their first run in the sixth and then added three more in their final at bat in the seventh.
Tori Hill and Marissa Harmon led the Lady Vikes hit parade as each went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Hill also had one of Colfax’s four RBIs.
Sophomore Bailey Bradford finished the game two-of-four with a double, a stolen base and an RBI in the seventh inning.
Emmie Edwards, Jozie Buchanan and Jenna Goodell had the other three hits for the Vikings. Goodell also finished with a pair of RBI.
Edwards, Hill, and Harmon scored the Vikings’ runs in the seventh. The lone run scored in the sixth inning was from Anna Geissler who was walked on base by Pepin/Alma and was able to score off a hit from teammate Tori Hill.
“We hung with Pepin/Alma,” Dickinsen explained. “We had runners on base in every inning, but couldn’t capitalize on anything until the sixth and seventh innings.”
Pepin/Alma scored seven runs off Colfax pitcher Jozie Buchanan in the seventh. The Eagles collected three hits including a double, drew a walk, and seized on a pair of Vikings errors to score those runs.
“Jozie Buchanan pitched a great game, giving up nine hits and only three earned runs,” Dickinsen stated.
Despite suffering the pitching loss, Buchanan pitched all six innings for the Vikings walking only one batter and striking out two, she also had a hit in her three times at bat and was walked once during the sixth inning.
The Eagles Erin Seifert threw five scoreless innings to get the win before giving way to Emma Brecka who surrendered all four of Colfax’s runs.
The Vikings hosted the Spring Valley Cardinals last night, Tuesday, April 23. Colfax will welcome the Boyceville Bulldogs for a double header this Thursday, April 25 followed by a trip to Arkansaw Elementary to take on the Durand Panthers on Friday, April 26. The rival Mounders will host the Vikings in another double header next Monday, April 29.
Games are subject to change of location or postponement due to weather and/or field conditions.
COLFAX 4, PEPIN/ALMA 9
Colfax….….….….……0 0 0 0 0 1 3 – 4
Pepin/Alma….….….…..0 1 1 0 0 7 0 – 9
AB-H-R: Bailey Bradford 4-2-0, Kaitlyn Field 4-0-0, Taylor Irwin 4-0-0, Jozie Buchanan 3-1-0, Tori Hill 4-3-1, Marissa Harmon 4-3-1, Rachel Scharlau 2-0-0, Anna Geissler 1-0-1, Jenna Goodell 2-1-0, Emmie Edwards 3-1-1. Total 31-11-4.
AB-H-R: Katrina Danzinger 4-1-1, Maci Luff 4-1-1, Kylie Brunner 4-1-1, Emma Brecka 2-0-1, Hanna Schively 1-0-0, Addison Olson 3-3-1, Hailey Johnson 3-2-2, Julia Rud 3-1-0, Erin Seifert 3-0-1. Total 33-9-9.
Pitching — Colfax, Jozie Buchanan (L) 6 IP, 9 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 9 R (3 earned). Pepin/Alma, Erin Seifert (W) 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 K, 3 BB; Emma Brecka, 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 K, 4 BB.