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by Marlys Kruger
GLENWOOD CITY — After winning their first playoff game in eight years last week, the Colfax softball team saw their season come to an end rather abruptly with a 14-1 loss in five innings at Glenwood City June 14. The Hilltoppers, ranked third in the final Division 4 state coaches poll, were the number one seed in the regional and also the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Champions.
The Vikings actually scored first with a run in the second inning off Ella Peterson’s solo homer to right center but that turned out to be all they would get off Topper senior hurler Maddie Oehlke.
Leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the third may have had the Colfax fans a little excited but the floodgates opened up and the Toppers put up eight runs in the bottom of the inning and blasted their way for six more in the fourth.
The Vikings failed to score in the fifth and the game was done via the 10 run rule.
Marissa Harmon smacked two of the six Viking hits while Jada Anderson, Alexis Schindler, Ella Peterson, and Anna Geissler each collected one. Peterson had the only RBI with that home run.
Geissler threw four innings and gave up the first eight runs, but only two were earned as the Vikings committed five errors in the field. She finished her high school career with five strikeouts and four walks. Schindler, just a freshman, pitched one inning and gave up six runs on four hits with one K and one free pass.
Geissler, Harmon, and Bailey Bradford were all seniors and all three-year letter winners and would have been four if not for the cancellation of the season their junior year. Bradford was named second team all-conference this year and first team her sophomore year. She has earned the right to play in the WFSCA All-Star Game Series in Wisconsin Dells later this summer.
“Bailey has been a mainstay in our lineup since her freshman year, both batting and in our infield,” head coach John Dickinsen said. “We will greatly miss her bat and anchoring the middle of our infield,” he added.
“Marissa saw limited playing time as a freshman but grew into a starting roll as a sophomore,” Dickinsen said. “She worked hard and improved her batting this year and finished the season strong. We were planning on her playing outfield but, with some injuries, she came in and did a great job at second base for us,” he said.
Dickinsen also commented on Geissler, his pitcher. “Anna was named second team all-conference for this season,” he said. “She struggled with some arm issues initially, but once we figured that out she pitched as well as the top pitchers in our conference. If our bats had been swinging all year like they did in the end, she would have had a few more wins. She threw two shutouts this year and her development as a pitcher is what kept us close in many games.”
“We will miss these three and the leaders they developed into,” he added. “This is the first group I had for their entire high school career and I am lucky to have had them as that group,” he concluded.
Colfax finished the season with a 3-11 mark in the Dunn-St. Croix, good for seventh place, and were 4-12 overall.