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By Amber Hayden
Although the Colfax shown marked improvement throughout the month of May, it was a tough final week of baseball for the Viking men as they faced off against Boyceville in the final game of the regular season and then took on Prescott in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 tournament.
To say the least, Colfax’s May 20 game against Boyceville was far better than the 23-0 whipping the Vikings took at home against the Bulldogs back on April 25. This time around Colfax kept Boyceville within reach over the course of the seven-inning contest but could not generate enough offense and lost 4-1.
Colfax then traveled to Prescott on Thursday, May 23, to take on the #3 seeded Cardinals in a Division 3 quarterfinal game. The Vikings struggled to get things going due to errors and mental break downs in the 9-1 loss that ended their season.
Colfax finished tied for seventh in the Dunn-St. Croix conference with a 4-12 record and was 4-16 overall.
The Colfax boys wrapped up the conference and regular season on Monday, May 20, with a game against the Bulldogs in Boyceville.
The Vikings’ baseball squad had a much better showing than they did in the first game the pair played in late April.
“We played a great game, one of the best we have played all year,” said head coach Kirk Secraw. “But we just couldn’t come through when it mattered.”
Boyceville jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings before being held up by Drew Gibson and Jamison Flatland who worked the mound for Colfax and held the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way.
Unfortunately, Colfax was not able to push a run home until the seventh inning, by then it was too little too late as the game ended 4-1 in favor of Boyceville.
Jaden Reisimer of Boyceville started the charge for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the first with a double which led to a Bulldogs’ run. Colfax starter Drew Gibson allowed two more runs in the first and one in the second on second hits.
Jamison Flatland came on in the fourth for the Vikings and threw three innings of scoreless ball, surrendering just four hits to the Bulldogs. Gibson had a pair of strike outs and walks in three innings while Flatland had one each.
Flatland along with Sawyer Best, Bryce Sikora, Zac Rindy and George Scharlau had Colfax’s five hits.
Colfax attempted to rally in the seventh inning when Mitch Harmon reached base on an error by Boyceville’s second baseman, and then scored on a wild pitch by the Bulldogs’ Trevor Hollister two plays later.
The final out for Colfax came when Chris Scharlau hit a ground ball to Boyceville second basemen Connor Sempf, who scooped up the ball and threw to first baseman Brady Nye for the out.
COLFAX 1, BOYCEVILLE 4
Colfax….….….….……………….0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1
Boyceville.….….………………..3 1 0 0 0 0 X – 4
Colfax (1) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 3-0-0, Bryce Sikora 4-1-0, George Scharlau 3-1-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-0, Mitch Harmon 3-0-1, Chris Scharlau 3-0-0, Jamison Flatland 3-1-0, Sawyer Best 3-1-0, Zac Rindy 2-1-0. Total 27-5-1.
Boyceville (4) AB-H-R: Brenden Sempf 2-0-0, Walker Retz 3-1-1, Trevor Hollister 3-1-1, Connor Sempf 3-1-0, Dawson McRoberts 3-1-0, Trett Joles 4-2-1, Jaden Reisimer 4-3-1, Brady Nye 2-1-3, Nick Litomsky 1-0-2, Jacob Granley 2-0-0, Kaden Standaert 1-0-0, Logan Knudtson 2-0-0, Nathan Stuart 1-1-0. Total 28-10-4.
Pitching: Colfax — Drew Gibson 3 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4 R (4 earned), Jamison Flatland 3 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R; Boyceville — Connor Sempf 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 R, Trevor Hollister 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 R (0 earned).
It was a tough way to end the season for the Viking men.
Colfax took an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning when Bryce Sikora was walked and scored off a single by George Scharlau.
But Middle Border member Prescott scored the next nine runs and eliminated Colfax from the WIAA Division 3 baseball playoffs with a 9-1 victory.
“We fell flat once we got down,” said coach Secraw. “We had too many errors.”
Drew Gibson was credited with all nine runs with only six of the runs being earned in his five innings. Gibson did however strike out four.
Colfax had just two hits compared to the Cardinals eleven.
Earning the hits for Colfax were George Scharlau and Caden Erickson in the first and sixth innings.
Jamison Flatland came in to relieve Drew Gibson on the mound for the final two innings and kept Prescott scoreless and finished with a strikeout.
“We made improvements throughout the year,” Secraw explained. “I am proud of my players and some of their accomplishments. I have big expectations for our kids next year, we need to keep moving forward.”
COLFAX 1, PRESCOTT 9
Colfax….….….….……………….1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1
Prescott…..….….…………….…0 2 4 3 0 0 X – 9
Colfax (1) AB-H-R: Caden Erickson 3-1-0, Bryce Sikora 2-0-1, George Scharlau 3-1-0, Drew Gibson 3-0-0, Mitch Harmon 2-0-0, Chris Scharlau 2-0-0, Jamison Flatland 2-0-0, Sawyer Best 3-0-0, Zac Rindy 3-0-0. Total 23-2-1.
Prescott (9) AB-H-R: Matzek 3-0-0, Daymund 4-1-1, Aslakson 4-2-0, Fox 3-2-1, #21 1-0-1, Malmlov 2-1-3, Budworth 4-2-2, Anderson 4-3-1, Antinson 2-0-0, Langer 4-0-0. Total 31-11-9.
Pitching: Colfax — Drew Gibson 4 IP, 9 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 9 R (6 earned), Jamison Flatland 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 R; Prescott — Langer 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 R (1 earned), Rohl 1 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 R.