On March 19, the Lady Vikings traveled to Forest Ridge for a 13-1 victory against the Ravens. Coach Scott Harris said the game highlights included a two run homer by Aliviah Garcia, two for two hitting by Lana Bronn and Alicia Susol, three hits by Alenna Garcia, three RBIs by Kirsten Fowler and two RBIs by Katie Holley.
In the first league game on March 22, the Vikings routed Concrete in a double header at Buck Park. Orcas won the first game 24-0 after five innings, unleashing a powerhouse of hitting led by a Bronn with two for two hitting, two RBIs, including a christening homer launched over the new Buck Park home run fence, followed by doubles from Emily Carter, Aliviah, and Bella Nigretto, who also had five RBIs. The Lady Vikings (5-0) continued the hitting terror in the second game, winning 22-2 forged by Alicia Susol smashing a two run homer along with an RBI triple. The Orcas lineup kept the pace with Nigretto hitting two doubles/two RBI’s, Bronn a double/three RBI’s and Aliviah with a double.
“The season is young but I am happy with the consistent pitching, the defense is more steady and our bats are our strong point, we are hitting really hard,” Harris said. “We have only had one game go past five innings because of the 10 run rule, but we play some of the stronger teams soon. I like our progress.”
On March 19, the Viking boys lost the season opener to the LaConner Braves 11-1. Daniel Briggs scored the lone run for the Vikings in a game that Coach Jim Passer said was closer than the score showed.
“We gave up 7 runs in the second inning, but outside of a couple errors the defense played well,” he said. “LaConner can hit the ball and we are still working on our pitching. We walked too many.”
On March 22, Orcas (0-2) lost to the Concrete Lions 13-5 in a game where the Lions jumped the Vikings early, leading 9-4 by the third inning. Despite the loss, Orcas bats improved with Devon Stanzione connecting with three hits including two doubles and Rylan Date and Pasha Bullock getting on base.
The Orcas golf team played a strong LaConner team that placed third in state last year.
“We had a great match,” said Coach Justin Taylor said. “The Braves have a really good team, including five boys who went to state last year. Their top two players both shot 37 and their top girl shot 48. Our players are all improving.
Graye Parnell shot 45, his personal best, William Coe 47, Zach Kostechko 72, Peter Miller 71 and Mara Nutt with her personal best, a 54.
“It’s great to see the improvement they are all making,” Taylor said.