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by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — The Elk Mound baseball team scored early and often, resulting in an 11-0 win over Colfax on the Viking’s home field April 27.
It was the first game since the 2019 season for both teams.
The Mounders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and added two runs in the second and third innings with three more in the fifth. Meanwhile the pitching duo of Ryan Bohl and Avery Kaanta held the Vikings to just one hit to earn the shutout.
The Mounders had only six hits but combined with five Colfax errors and ten walks from the Viking’s pitching staff it made for a short game, ending in five innings with the ten-run rule.
Ryan Bohl rapped two of the hits for Elk Mound and earned the win on the mound, throwing two innings while striking out a pair of batters and walking three. Avery Kaanta finished off the game, whiffing five batters in three innings. Jerome Delikowski had a pair of RBIs and Kaanta crossed the plate three times.
Hunter Rebak had the only hit for the Vikings and Caden Erickson absorbed the loss, giving up seven runs with four free passes and two punch outs. Drew Gibson came on in the third inning and gave up four runs with six walks and two strikeouts.
“We looked rusty and had a lot of errors,” Colfax coach Kirk Secraw said. “Erickson pitched well but didn’t get a lot of support from our defense.”
Cadott stings Colfax
The Colfax baseball team fell behind early and their attempt at a comeback came up short as they lost 11-6 to the Cadott Hornets in a non-conference game Friday, April 30 in Cadott. (A game against Elmwood/Plum City scheduled on the previous day was cancelled due to health issues in E/PC).
The Vikings spotted Cadott four runs in the first inning and came up with one of their own on a solo home run from Jamison Flatland in the second. But the Hornets tacked on four more for an 8-1 advantage after two full innings of play.
The Vikings mounted a comeback in the sixth when Flatland, Dylan Hiitola, Brian Tuschl, and Kade Anderson all crossed home plate to make it 9-5 but Cadott added a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
Colfax added a final run in the seventh but it wasn’t enough.
The Vikings had six hits for the game as Hiitola went 2-for-4 and Flatland was 1-for-4 and scored twice. Bryce Sikora smacked a double and picked up two RBIs in the contest.
Sikora, Flatland, and Caden Erickson shared the pitching duties and combined to give up six hits with seven free passes and eight strikeouts. Their defense didn’t help them much as they committed five errors.
“We started too slow and had some very sloppy play,” Colfax coach Kirk Secraw said. “We battled back but it was too late in the game.”
Colfax played in Glenwood City Monday but return home Thursday to host the unbeaten Bulldogs of Boyceville before welcoming Mondovi next Monday, May 10.