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By Amber Hayden
The Colfax softball team finished off the regular season with a win over Spring Valley 19-4 and a loss to the Pepin/Alma Eagles 21-7 last week.
The Vikings took an early lead during a Monday, May 13 game in Spring Valley. But the Cardinals answered back in what proved to be a futile effort as Colfax went on to win 19-4. The Vikings had 11 hits in the five-inning game.
The following day, Colfax hosted the Pepin/Alma Eagles in the final conference and regular-season contest for both squads. The Eagles, who battered Colfax pitchers Jozie Buchanan and Anna Geissler for 18 hits and 17 earned runs, built a 11-4 lead after just three innings and went on to score a 21-7 win in the Tuesday, May 14 game. Pepin/Alma was coming off a 5-1 upset win over Elk Mound the previous day.
Colfax finished in a sixth place tie with Mondovi in the final Dunn-St. Croix standings. Both teams had a 5-11 record in conference play. The Vikes, who are also 5-11 overall, earned them a #5 seed in the WIAA Division 3 Tournament. Colfax received a bye in the first-round of the regional tournament and opened its postseason play with an away game against #4 Spooner yesterday, Tuesday, May 21. The winner will advance to Thursday’s regional championship game.
It was a strong five innings for Colfax on Monday evening, May 13, against the Spring Valley Cardinals in which the Vikings took a commanding 19-4 victory.
“I felt we played very well,” said head coach John Dickinsen. “Despite not getting a lot of good pitches to hit, we took advantage of the ones that were.”
The Vikings, who lead 4-1 after two innings, scored nine runs in the third and six more in the fifth inning.
Colfax pitcher Anna Geissler worked the circle all five innings. This was the first outing for Geissler since she hurt her arm. Geissler issued six walks, but in turn struck out nine Cardinal batters to get the win.
Bailey Bradford, Marissa Harmon and Taylor Irwin all scored three runs apiece and had a hit against Spring Valley. Bradford was walked three times and finished with two RBIs. Irwin was walked twice and Harmon had one RBI and one walk.
“We stayed disciplined at the plate and attacked the ball well when it was in the zone,” Dickinsen said.
Emmie Edwards led the Vikings in RBIs with four, she was also two-of-four at the plate with one walk and two runs scored. Tori Hill and Jenna Goodell also had two hits for the Lady Vikings in Spring Valley.
COLFAX 19, SPRING VALLEY 4
Colfax….….….……2 2 9 0 6 – 19
Spring Valley….……0 1 0 3 0 – 4
Colfax (19) AB-H-R: Bailey Bradford 2-1-3, Marissa Harmon 2-1-3, Jozie Buchanan 1-0-0, Kaitlyn Field 3-0-1, Taylor Irwin 2-1-3, Emmie Edwards 4-2-1, Tori Hill 4-2-2, Anna Geissler 1-1-2, Rachel Scharlau 3-1-2, Jenna Goodell 3-2-2. Total 25-11-19.
Spring Valley (4) AB-H-R: Kristine Miller 2-0-0, Kate Franzen 3-1-0, Quinn Anderson 2-0-0, Brenna Schreiber 3-0-0, Leigha Prudlow 2-0-1, Maddie Matthys 1-0-1, Mickayla Mattison 1-0-1, Kenzie White 0-0-1, Karli Thorsen 2-0-0. Total 16-1-4.
Pitching: Colfax — Anna Geissler 5 IP, 2 H, 9 K, 6 BB, 4 R (1 earned); Spring Valley — Brenna Schreiber 2 IP, 6 H, 1 K, 8 BB, 12 R (11 earned), Kenzie White 3 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 5 BB, 7 R (7 earned).
From the get go, it was an uphill battle for the Lady Vikings as they found themselves down by seven runs in the first two innings of last Tuesday’s, May 14, home and regular season final against Pepin/Alma.
Fresh off its upset of Elk Mound the previous evening, the Pepin/Alma Eagles soared away with the 21-7 win in six innings after collecting 18 hits off the Colfax pitching staff including four double, a triple and a home run.
Jozie Buchanan and Anna Geissler shared the pitching duties for Colfax, Buchanan went four innings and gave up 13 hits and eight earned runs. Geissler went two innings and took the loss after surrendering nine runs on five hits and issuing six walks.
The Eagle scored four and five runs in the first and second innings respectively and led 11-4 after three innings. Colfax added three more runs – one in the fourth and two more in the second. But Pepin/Alma tacked on three in the fifth and enjoyed a seven-run sixth to finish out its scoring splurge.
Erin Seiffert, who started on the mound and went four innings to get the win, led the Eagles offense with four hits and five runs scored in four at bats. Kylie Brunner and Emma Becka had three hits each with Brunner hitting a home run and a double while Brecka had a double.
Scoring twice for the Vikings was Kaitlyn Field as she went one-of-two at the plate and was also walked twice.
Emmie Edwards led the charge for the second day in a row for Colfax as she brought in five RBIs in her four at bats and finished with two hits in the six inning game.
Sophomore Bailey Bradford had three hits in her four at bats and scored a run.
Taylor Irwin, Jozie Buchanan, Tori Hill and Rachel Scharlau each scored a run for the Vikings.
COLFAX 7, PEPIN/ALMA 21
Colfax….….….……2 0 2 1 0 2 – 7
Pepin/Alma….……4 5 2 0 3 7 – 21
Colfax (7) AB-H-R: Bailey Bradford 4-3-1, Marissa Harmon 3-0-0, Jozie Buchanan 2-1-1, Kaitlyn Field 2-1-2, Taylor Irwin 2-1-1, Emmie Edwards 4-2-0, Tori Hill 4-1-1, Anna Geissler 2-0-0, Rachel Scharlau 2-0-1, Jenna Goodell 1-1-0. Total 26-10-7.
Pepin/Alma (21) AB-H-R: Katrina Danzinger 3-2-4, Erin Seifert 4-4-5, Kylie Brunner 4-3-3, Emma Brecka 5-3-3, Alyssa Kosidowski 5-0-0, Addison Olson 2-0-0, Hanna Schively 2-1-1, Hailey Johnson 3-1-0, Lacy Quinton 2-0-0, Maci Luff 5-3-3, Danielle Rud 3-1-2. Total 38-18-21.
Pitching: Colfax — Jozie Buchanan 4 IP, 13 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 12 R (8 earned), Anna Geissler 2 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 6 BB, 9 R (9 earned); Pepin/Alma — Erin Seifert 6 IP, 10 H, 0 K, 7 BB, 7 R (7 earned).