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by Marlys Kruger
BOYCEVILLE — Although the Colfax baseball team had defeated both Boyceville and Glenwood City earlier in the season they found themselves on the short end of the stick when they played both teams in back-to-back games in Boyceville Monday, May 22.
The Vikings lost both contests by one run, losing to Boyceville 3-2 and to Glenwood City 10-9 in eight innings. Colfax ended their regular season with a 7-7 record, playing games against all Dunn-St. Croix Conference teams.
Colfax scored a single run in the first when Mason Yarrington drew a walk, stole second base, moved to third on Dylyn Hiitola’s single and scored on Kade Anderson’s base hit. The Bulldogs knotted the score in their half of the first.
The Vikings scratched across another run in the third when Yarrington singled, moved around on a passed ball and scored on a ground ball out from Hiitola.
Boyceville scored what turned out to be the winning runs in the fourth on a free pass, a couple of passed balls, a hit by pitch and just one single. The pitchers took over for both teams and put zeros on the board the last three innings.
Mitch Medin took the loss, hurling 3.2 innings, giving up all three runs on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Anderson had two of the Vikings five hits while Yarrington crossed home plate twice.
This game had a lot more action as the teams combined for 29 hits. With regional play starting in two days, using a lot of the pitching staff was something they were trying to avoid, but the Vikings ended up using three pitchers while the Hilltoppers used five of them in the extra inning game.
Colfax came out of the gates quickly, scoring two first inning runs, starting with a Medin double. A stolen base and a passed ball allowed him to come home, and Yarrington drew a walk and moved around the bases, coming in on a Ashton Greenwell base hit. The Toppers countered with two runs in their half of the first on a pair of singles and a double for a 2-2 score.
Using three hits along with a Viking error, a free pass and a passed ball, the Toppers pulled ahead 6-2, then added two runs in the fourth to increase their advantage 8-2.
The Viking bats began ringing in the fifth starting with a one out double by Yarrington. After Dylyn Hiitola was hit by a pitch, three straight singles by Greenwell, Anderson and Brian Tuschl resulted in four runs for the Vikings and they were behind just 8-6.
Colfax knotted the score in the top of the sixth after the bottom of the order came up big. Elijah Entzminger singled and Zach Hiitola was plunked by a pitch. Both crossed home plate with Entzminger coming in on a double by Medin while Hiitola scored on a wild pitch.
It was a scoreless seventh inning for both teams and after the Vikings scored a run in the top of the eighth when Yarrington singled and came in on Anderson’s double, things were looking good for Colfax.
But with one out in their half of the eighth frame, the Toppers put two runners on via a walk and a single. A fly ball resulted in the second out but another free pass loaded the bases and a base hit by Blake Fayerweather brought two runs in to win the game.
Anderson had the hot bat for the Vikings, batting 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs and a run scored. Medin, Yarrington, Greenwell, Tuschl and Entzminger all banged out a pair of hits as Yarrington scored three times.
Yarrington took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits with four Ks and three walks. Zach Hiitola gave up six runs with eight hits and two strikeouts while Greenwell hurled 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, whiffing four Topper batters and walking two.