The Lady Vikings had a busy week, posting a win against Forest Ridge, splitting a double header with Nooksack and traveling up to Lynden just to have the game canceled due to rain.
On March 11, the Vikings traveled north for a double header against the Nooksack Valley Pioneers with the varsity winning the opening game 7-6 against the Pioneer junior varsity squad. After giving up five runs in the first inning, the Vikings “shook off the rust and didn’t surrender” according to Coach Scott Harris. Lana Bronn and Aliviah Garcia combined to score the first Orcas run in the third inning while Bella Nigretto, Alicia Susol and Bronn brought in three more runs to narrow the Pioneer lead 5-4 by the fifth inning.
Bronn smacked an over-the-fence homer to open the sixth inning followed by a double by Susol who was brought home by Shelbi Rogers. Tied, Bronn hit a triple sending home the winning run.
In a shortened second game of the double header, the Viking JV squad lost 8-0 to the Pioneer JVs.
On March 15, the Vikings beat the Forest Ridge Ravens 21-20 in a early season non-league shoot-out that matched a combination of varsity and JV squads. The March 16 game in Lynden was canceled due to rain.
On March 13, the Viking baseball team traveled to Everett in a opening season loss to the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats 16-6.
Orcas gave up six runs in the first inning and six more in the sixth, but according to coach Jim Passer, the Vikings were very composed for the balance of the game.
Daniel Briggs, Rylan Date and Trent Johns had some nice hits while pitchers Devon Stanzione, Myles Harlow and Pasha Bullock shared the pitching duties.
“We need to dial in our pitching a bit more but we got some jitters out of the way and since we are playing mostly freshman,” Passer said. “I thought for our first game we did alright outside of those two innings.”