Colfax baseball team outlasts Spring Valley
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by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — After blasting the Spring Valley Cardinals 16-1 back in April, the Colfax baseball team seemed to be facing a much improved Cardinal team the second time around as they needed to score two runs in the fifth inning then hold on for a 5-3 win in the game played at home May 8.
The Cardinals scored a run in the top of the first on a single and double off Viking starter Mitch Medin but Colfax knotted the score in their half of the inning. Medin helped himself by drawing a walk, stealing second and third base and scampered home on a passed ball.
Medin kept the Cardinals in check in the second and third inning, whiffing four Spring Valley batters in the process, but the Vikings weren’t having any success offensively as they left the bases loaded in the second and went down in order in the third.
Spring Valley picked up a pair of runs in the fourth with help by a single, double and a Viking error, forcing Colfax to come from behind again.
The Vikings managed to knot it up when Ashton Greenwell was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on Kade Anderson’s base hit and they both came home on a Cardinal error.
Colfax added two more runs in the fifth which proved to be the winning runs when Mason Yarrington and Dylyn Hiitola both singled and eventually came home on a passed ball.
Zach Hiitola came in to close the game out from the mound, striking out four Cardinals in two innings.
The Vikings had just five hits in the game but used aggressive base running and took advantage of four Cardinal errors in the win.
Medin stole two bases in the contest while Yarrington, Anderson and Drew Buchner all had one swipe. Yarrington was credited with the only RBI and Anderson, Medin, Yarrington, Zach Hiitola and Dylyn Hiitola each came home once.
Medin earned the win, allowing three hits with three earned runs, striking out an amazing 11 batters while walking just three.