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by Marlys Kruger
The Colfax baseball team started the week off on a positive note with a 4-0 win over Elmwood/Plum City in Plum City April 25. But, the next day they struggled in a home game against Chippewa Falls McDonell Central and lost 12-2.
In a game played a week earlier at home against Glenwood City that was called because of darkness, the Hilltoppers were declared the winners by an 18-17 score but, the Vikings avenged that loss and came back to topple the Toppers 11-8 in an April 28 road contest. They made it two wins in a row with a tight 2-1 win at Durand 24 hours later.
Colfax will play its next six conference games at home which began with Boyceville this past Monday, May 2. Mondovi will be in town on Thursday before the Vikings head to Somerset for a triangular this Saturday. They will return home to face Durand next Monday, May 9.
Justin Flatland and Mitch Medin combined for the shutout as they allowed just one hit by the Wolves. Flatland threw 4 2/3 innings and Medin finished things off.
Colfax scored a run in the first inning when Bryce Sikora led off with a walk, stole second and came in on Flatland’s base hit. They added a pair of runs in the third as Zach Hiitola reached on an error, swiped second and scored on Sikora’s single and Sikora eventually came around on a fielder’s choice. They tacked on their final run in the fifth when Sikora blasted a double, stole third and crossed the plate on an E/PC error.
The Wolves had bases loaded twice, once in the fifth and again in the seventh but clutch pitching and defense ended their scoring threats.
Sikora batted 2-for-3 and scored three runs with three stolen bases, while Flatland and Kade Anderson each brought in two runs.
Flatland did not allow a hit on the mound and struck out nine batters while Medin gave up one hit with his two strikeouts coming against the final two batters in the seventh.
CF McDonell Central
The Vikings used five different pitchers in the non-conference game with the big blow coming in the third inning when the Macks scored seven runs against Sikora for an 8-0 advantage.
Colfax broke the shutout in the fourth when Anderson came home and they added their second run in the fifth and final inning as Drew Buchner crossed the plate.
Anderson and Flatland each smacked a double while Medin, Dylyn Hiitola and Mason Yarrington all had singles to account for the Viking’s five hits. Colfax committed six errors and left five runners on base in the contest.
Glenwood City (first game)
It certainly wasn’t a pitchers duel or a defensive battle in the high scoring contest played April 21. The Vikings had just seven hits in the game but took advantage of 17 free passes to score their runs. Colfax pitchers gave up 13 hits with 14 walks, allowing the Hilltoppers to come home 18 times.
Sikora was the only Colfax player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with two walks and three RBIs, Medin drew three walks, scored twice and brought in a pair of runs. Zach Hiitola had a hit with two RBIs and Elijah Entzminger added one hit, two runs scored and an RBI.
Sikora gave up five hits with eight runs, eight strikeouts and nine walks while Yarrington allowed eight hits and 10 runs with six free passes and one K.
Glenwood City (second game)
Colfax found themselves in an early hole on the Hilltoppers field as they fell behind 5-0 after two innings of play.
They finally got on the board with two runs in the third when Zach Hiitola walked, stole a couple of bases and came in on a Topper error. Medin also scored after he took a walk, stole a base, moved up on the error and came in on a ground ball out by Anderson.
The Vikings continued to chip away, scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but were still behind 8-5 heading into their final at bat. Medin started the inning with a walk, Flatland reached on an error, Anderson singled to bring Medin in. Entzminger smacked a base hit, and a couple of walks to Yarrington and Dylyn Hiitola allowed Flatland and Anderson to score and knot the game at 8-8.
Heading into extra innings, neither team scored in the eighth or ninth innings, but the Vikings used a lead-off single from Yarrington and some erratic pitching by the Topper hurler to come up with three runs. Zach Hiitola drew a walk and Sikora and Medin both took one for the team when they were both hit by a pitch, a wild pitch and a Topper error allowed the Vikings to go up 11-8.
With Flatland on the mound in relief of Sikora and Medin, he whiffed his fifth Topper to start the inning. A Colfax error and a groundout to second baseman Medin allowed the runner to move to third, but a fly ball to Entzminger in right field finally ended the game.
The Vikings totaled just five hits but patiently took 12 free passes while striking out six times in the win. Flatland and Anderson both had one hit, scored one and brought in two runs. Entzminger drew three walks, had a hit, crossed the plate twice and had two RBIs. Dylyn Hiitola also knocked in a pair of runs with one hit and one free pass.
Sikora pitched the first five innings and gave up all eight runs but Medin came on in relief for 2 innings before Flatland finished it off.
Flatland whiffed 11 Panthers to earn the win with the only run Durand scored being earned.
With two runners on base, Entzminger put the ball in play and both scored when the Panther fielders committed a couple of errors.