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By Amber Hayden
It was a short week for the Vikings as they had only three games and battled through but couldn’t put a defense and offense together to gain a win.
The Vikings welcomed the Cardinals on Tuesday, April 23, and managed to keep it close in the 2-4 loss to Spring Valley. A chance to tie it up in the seventh slipped through the Vikings hands and they suffered another loss.
Thursday, April 25, was a quiet night at the plate for Colfax as they were unable to get anything going against the Dunn-St. Croix’s first-place team from Boyceville. The Bulldogs were able to score 19 runs in the second inning and ended the game in five innings and a score of 23-0.
After the loss to Boyceville the night before, the Vikings traveled to Durand and were able to bounce back in the final inning but still lost 9-7. Jamison Flatland came in during the third inning and had three strikeouts and only one walk against the Panthers.
Colfax, 0-5 in the D-SC and 0-7 in all games, traveled to Elk Mound this past Monday, April 29, for the first meeting of the season with its Dunn-St. Croix rival. The Vikings then have two back-to-back double headers with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves making the trip to Colfax on May 2, and then Colfax heads to Glenwood City on Friday, May 3 for another pair of five-inning games. Mondovi will be at the Vikings’ home field next Monday, May 6.
It was a quiet game, batting wise, for the Vikings in the recent loss to Spring Valley on April 23, as errors hurt the Vikings in the seventh inning.
“We had a chance in to tie the game in the seventh but could not come through,” said head coach Kirk Secraw.
Bryce Sikora scored in the third inning for Colfax after stealing second base and had help getting around third and into home after George Scharlau had knocked one into center field.
Also scoring for the Vikings was junior Zac Rindy. Rindy went one-of-three at the plate as well.
“Drew Gibson and Jamison Flatland pitched great,” Secraw said. “We only walked four which was a huge improvement.”
Gibson started things off for Colfax going four and a third innings with only 71 pitches, Gibson also struck out three Cardinal batters and gave up one earned run.
As for Jamison Flatland he had three strikeouts, and zero walks and gave up one earned run and two hits.
COLFAX 2, SPRING VALLEY 4
Colfax….….….….……0 0 2 0 0 0 – 2
Spring Valley.….….…..1 2 0 0 1 0 – 4
Colfax (2) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 4-1-0, Bryce Sikora 3-0-1, George Scharlau 3-1-0, Drew Gibson 2-0-0, Mitch Harmon 3-0-0, Jamison Flatland 3-0-0, Cole Kiekhafer 2-0-0, Marcus Drees 1-0-0, Chris Scharlau 2-1-0, Zach Rindy 3-1-1. Total 26-4-2.
Spring Valley (4) AB-H-R: Carter Deppa 3-0-1, Aaron Borgerding 4-0-0, Michael Bauer 2-0-0, Charlie Maier 0-0-0, Santana Schlegel 3-0-0, W. Stans 4-1-0, Jon Fogarty 2-0-1, Connor Ducklow 3-0-1, Brayden Wolf 2-2-1, Brady Bednarek 3-2-0. Total 26-5-4.
Pitching: Colfax — Drew Gibson 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 3 R (1 earned), Jamison Flatland 2 2/3 IP 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 R (1 earned); Spring Valley — W. Stans 5 IP, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 2 R (2 earned), Santana Schlegel 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R.
It was a tough home outing for the Vikings on Thursday, April 25, as they gave up 19 runs in the second inning to Boyceville.
Boyceville went on to win the game with a score of 23-0 in five innings.
George Scharlau started things off for Colfax as he gave up only three runs in the first inning before coach Secraw would take him out in the second inning after giving up three more runs.
Coming in to pitch for Colfax would be Zac Rindy. Rindy walked the next three batters which added three more runs in the second inning. Rindy would be replaced after the three walks by Caden Erickson who gave up another 13 runs in the second.
Mitch Harmon would get a big hit for Colfax in the fifth inning to start things off, but unfortunately nothing was able to be made of it as the next two batters would strike out.
COLFAX 0, BOYCEVILLE 23
Colfax….….….….……0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Boyceville….….….…..3 19 0 0 1 – 23
Colfax (0) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 3-0-0, Bryce Sikora 2-1-0, George Scharlau 3-0-0, Drew Gibson 3-1-0, Mitch Harmon 3-1-0, Christ Scharlau 1-0-0, Jamison Flatland 2-0-0, Sawyer Best 2-0-0, Zac Rindy 2-1-0. Total 21-4-0.
Boyceville (23) AB-H-R: Brenden Sempf 4-2-2, Walker Retz 3-1-3, Trevor Hollister 4-2-3, Connor Sempf 4-4-4, Trett Joles 4-1-2, Jaden Reisimer 4-1-1, Brady Nye 2-1-3, Nick Litomsky 1-0-2, Jacob Granley 1-0-0, Logan Knudtson 3-3-3, Eric Loback 1-0-0. Total 31-15-23.
Colfax — George Scharlau 1 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 6 R (5 earned), Zac Rindy 0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 3 R (3 earned), Caden Erickson 4 IP, 10 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 14 R (9 earned); Boyceville — Walker Retz 1 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Jacob Granley 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R, Brenden Sempf 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R.
For Colfax it was a close one against the Durand Panthers on Friday evening, April 26, as they fell to the Panthers 7-9.
“We hit the ball pretty good and pitched well, but when you have ten errors it’s hard to win,” said coach Secraw.
Drew Gibson started on the mound for Colfax and went two and one-third innings while giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, and six walks. Gibson came out as pitcher in the third inning and Vikings’ Jamison Flatland took over.
Flatland had three strikeouts and one walk against the Panthers and gave up two unearned runs. Flatland also went two-of-four from the plate with two runs and had a single RBI.
Scoring three times for Colfax was Sawyer Best, who was two-of-four while being left on base only once.
“I’m proud of the kids and how they battled back after being down six so early,” Secraw explained.
Also scoring for the Vikings were teammates Chris Scharlau and Mitch Harmon, Scharlau had an RBI and two walks while Harmon had two hits for Colfax.
COLFAX 7, DURAND 9
Colfax….….….……0 1 0 1 4 0 1 – 7
Durand….….….…..1 0 6 0 0 2 X – 9
Colfax (7) AB-H-R: Cade Erickson 5-2-0, Bryce Sikora 3-0-0, Drew Gibson 4-0-0, George Scharlau 4-0-0, Sawyer Best 4-2-3, Mitch Harmon 4-2-1, Jamison Flatland 4-2-2, Chris Scharlau 2-1-1, Zac Rindy 3-2-0. Total 33-11-7.
Durand (9) AB-H-R: Christian O’Keefe 3-0-1, Preston Milliren 3-1-2, Isaiah Whitwam 2-1-2, Joey Biesterveld 4-1-1, Blaine Bauer 4-0-0, Chase Brunkow 3-0-1, Parker Traun 4-1-1, Ethan Fedie 2-0-1, Cole Wittig 1-0-0. Total 26-4-9.
Colfax — Drew Gibson 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 K, 6 BB, 7 R (3 earned), Jamison Flatland 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 R (0 earned); Durand — Christian O’Keefe 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 4 R (3 earned), Blaine Bauer 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 3 R (1 earned).