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by Marlys Krueger
The week didn’t start or end very well for the Colfax softball team as they traveled to Glenwood City Monday, May 3, to take on the defending Dunn-St. Croix Conference champion Glenwood City Hilltoppers.
The Toppers took it to them with a 10-0 win, then three days later defensive struggles were too much for them to overcome and they lost a much closer game 8-5 against the Boyceville Bulldogs. A non-conference game against Cameron Friday was cancelled.
Two of the Lady Vikings next three diamond contests will be at home which began with Mondovi on Monday. They travel to Durand this Thursday, May 13 before returning home to host Spring Valley next Monday, May 17.
The Vikings struggled at the plate, striking out ten times with Bailey Bradford coming up with the only hit for the team off Hilltopper ace Maddie Oehlke.
Anna Geissler and Mallory Field split the pitching duties and they combined to give up seven hits with six K’s but they walked 13 Toppers as Geissler took the loss.
“Glenwood City pitched very well and made a couple of nice plays in the field to keep us off the scoreboard,” Colfax coach John Dickinsen said. “We need to start getting more baserunners on and putting the ball in play to get people around to score,” he added.
It was a near perfect day for a ball game with plenty of sunshine and a slight breeze going out towards centerfield. That breeze would prove to be both helpful and hurtful for the Vikings as the game progressed.
Boyceville scored an unearned run in the first after they loaded the bases and a potential double play ball that could have ended the inning resulted in just one out. A throwing error on the relay to first gave the Bulldogs a run but Colfax pitcher Anna Geissler whiffed the next batter to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Boyceville added a pair of runs in the third when a batter got on base by a Colfax error and Libby Bygd smacked a two run homer out to left-center for a 3-0 lead. Colfax then put their best offensive performance of the game together when they scored four runs to take the lead. Marissa Harmon smacked a base hit and Jada Anderson reached on an error, then both moved up on a wild pitch. Bradford came through with a double to the fence to bring them both home and Ella Peterson slammed her own shot over the centerfield fence for two more runs.
Things fell apart on the defensive end for the Vikings as they gave up three runs on several errors in the fourth inning. A couple of dropped balls in the outfield, some throwing errors and an infield miscue allowed Boyceville to take a 6-4 advantage. They added on to that lead by slamming two more homeruns pretty close to where their first one landed and it was 8-4.
Colfax dodged a bullet in the six after Geissler walked two batters and a ground ball was fielded and thrown to Harmon at second for an out. Harmon then gunned the ball home to nail a Bulldog runner trying to score to end the inning.
Harmon led off the sixth with a basehit then stole second, moved to third on a groundout and came home on a Bulldog error. Geissler got herself out of another jam in the seventh after two Boyceville runners reached base with one out. Bygd was walked intentionally which loaded the bases and that worked out quite well for Colfax as Geissler forced a pop up and a ground out to end the inning.
After Harmon’s second hit of the game in the bottom half of the inning, the Vikings couldn’t bring her home and a long fly out ended the game.
Besides Harmon’s two hits, Bradford, McKenna Shipman, Geissler, and Peterson all had one each. Geissler pitched all seven innings and gave up 10 hits with five strikeouts and seven free passes with three of Boyceville’s eight runs being unearned.
“We were able to finally put the bat on the ball,” coach Dickinsen said. “The girls played hard and stayed positive, and even after we made some defensive mistakes, we stayed focused on the next play,” he concluded.