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By Amber Hayden
Among its three games last week, the Colfax baseball team played the conference’s top and bottom teams on consecutive days with differing results.
The Vikings battled the Cardinals to a two-all tie through five innings of play when Colfax visited first-place Spring Valley last Monday, May 13 for a Dunn-St. Croix contest. Unfortunately, errors again cost the Vikings as they came up short when the Cardinals plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 6-2 victory.
But Colfax has proven to be resilient this season and bounced back the next day, Tuesday, May 14, to break a scoreless tie with a pair of sixth-inning runs and bested the Pepin/Alma Eagles at home by that 2-0 margin.
The Vikings led rival Elk Mound 4-1 earlier in their Thursday, May 16 game in Colfax but five errors proved costly as the Mounders scored 13 runs in the final three innings to post a 16-7 win (see separate story).
Colfax currently sits eighth in the Dunn-St. Croix standings with a 4-1 record and is 4-14 overall.
The Vikings closed out their conference and regular season this past Monday, May 20 against second-place Boyceville in a game that was originally scheduled for last Friday evening, May 17, but had to be rescheduled due to Colfax’s graduation. The Vikings, seeded sixth, will begin the WIAA Division 3 tournament with a regional game in Prescott against the third-seeded Cardinals this Thursday, May 23. The winner will advance to play the victor of the Glenwood City versus Eau Claire Regis contest next Tuesday, May 28.
Mental and fielding errors have been the biggest downfall for Colfax since the beginning of the 2019 season, and it played a factor once again when the Vikings were in Spring Valley on May 13 and took a loss by a score of 6-2.
Spring Valley broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the sixth inning to gain the win.
“It was a good game until the top of the sixth inning,” said head coach Kirk Secraw. “Our pitchers pitched well enough for the win, but our fielders let them down.”
Colfax committed four errors to Spring Valley’s two and were outhit by the Cardinals ten to five.
Caden Erickson and Bryce Sikora were the only two Vikings to score in the seven inning game. Erickson lead Colfax at the plate, finishing 2-for 4. Sikora also had a hit as did Sawyer Best and George Scharlau, who collected a double for his lone hit.
Best also had a pair of RBIs.
Jamison Flatland started things off for Colfax going three and two-thirds innings while giving up four walks and three hits. Erickson threw the final two and a third and gave up four runs on five hits.
COLFAX 2, SPRING VALLEY 6
Colfax….….….……1 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 2
Spring Valley….……2 0 0 0 0 4 X – 6
Colfax (2) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 4-2-1, Bryce Sikora 3-1-1, Sawyer Best 3-1-0, George Scharlau 3-1-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-0, Mitch Harmon 3-0-0, Jamison Flatland 3-0-0, Austin Snyder 2-0-0, Zach Rindy 3-0-0. Total 27-5-2.
Spring Valley (6) AB-H-R: Carter Deppa 3-1-2, Aaron Borgerding 3-1-1, Michael Bauer 4-2-0, Charlie Maier 0-0-2, Santana Schlegel 3-1-1, W. Stans 2-1-1, Jon Fogarty 4-1-0, Connor Ducklow 3-0-0, Brayden Wolf 3-0-0, Brady Bednarek 3-0-0. Total 28-8-6.
Pitching: Colfax — Jamison Flatland 3 2/3 IP 3 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 2 R (0 earned), Caden Erickson 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 4 R (0 earned); Spring Valley— Michael Bauer 7 IP, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2 R (2 earned).
It was a quiet five innings for the Vikings and the Pepin/Alma Eagles as pitchers Drew Gibson and Coltin Brecka had shut outs going until the sixth inning when Colfax scored a pair of unearned runs to get the 2-0 win.
Gibson earned the complete game victory by scattering six Eagles hits while striking out a half dozen and not allowing a run in seven innings of work. The Eagles’ Brecka allowed just five hits to the Vikings in a losing effort.
In the Vikings’ sixth inning, Sawyer Best drew a lead-off walk, Chris Scharlau hit a ground ball and reached on an error which allowed Best to advance to second base. Two batters later, Zac Rindy hit a ground ball and reached first on yet another Eagles’ throwing error which allowed Chris Scharlau to score Colfax’s first run. A balk, one batter later, brought Sawyer Best in with the Vikes second and final run.
Drew Gibson did the rest, getting the Eagles’ pitcher to pop up to end the game.
Bryce Sikora led the Vikings offensively with two hits in three plate appearances. Caden Erickson, Zac Rindy and George Scharlau had the team’s other three hits.
COLFAX 2, PEPIN/ALMA 0
Colfax….….….……0 0 0 0 0 2 X – 2
Pepin/Alma….……0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Colfax (2) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 2-1-0, Bryce Sikora 3-2-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-0, Sawyer Best 2-0-0, George Scharlau 2-1-0, Mitch Harmon 3-0-0, Chris Scharlau 3-0-1, Jamison Flatland 3-0-1, Zach Rindy 3-1-0. Total 24-5-2.
Pepin/Alma (0) AB-H-R: Dawson Alme 3-1-0, Roman Engstrand 3-1-0, Lane Wieczorek 3-0-0, Thomas Milton 3-0-0, Tyler Hanson 1-0-0, Ethan Breka 3-0-2, Jordan Pearson 2-1-0, Schulyer Vaicius 2-1-0. Total 25-6-0.
Pitching: Colfax — Drew Gibson 7 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Pepin/Alma — Coltin Brecka 6 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 R (0 earned).