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Orcas battles hard against Friday Harbor and Lopez

By MARTY ZIER Islands Sounder Sports contributor
April 10, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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Alenna Garcia slides into home plate during the first game against Friday Harbor on April 5. The Lady Vikings played a double header. / Colleen Smith Armstrong/Staff Photo

The Lady Vikings hosted their local rivals, the Friday Harbor Wolverines, at Buck Park for a double header on April 5, tasting a double dose of defeat for the first time this season.

In the first game, the Lady Vikings found themselves in a neck to neck league contest battle.

Orcas rounded the bases first in the third inning after Alenna Garcia was brought home by a Bella Nigretto double. The Wolverines quickly tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning but the Vikings responded with host of singles by Aliviah Garcia, Alicia Susol, Shelbi Rogers, Kirsten Fowler and Katie Holmes resulting in a score, leading 2-1.

Closing the fifth inning, Aliviah Garcia doubled scoring Lana Bronn followed by another double by Susol and a single by Rogers advancing ahead 4-1. However, three Viking fielding errors in the 6th inning allowed the stalking Wolverines to pounce with 4 quick runs and take the lead. A Viking error in the top of the seventh inning sent home another Friday Harbor run, stretching the Wolverine lead to 6-4 with only one round of batting left for Orcas.

In the bottom of the seventh with the game on the line, Orcas bats hit quick with Nigretto scoring after a double advanced by a sacrifice fly by Bronn. With Aliviah Garcia on base, a single by Susol and a deep fly by Rogers tied the game 6-6, sending the game to eight innings. Another Viking fielding error scored a Friday Harbor run in the top of the eighth and despite Orcas getting runners on base, the Vikings fell short of home and lost 7-6.

“We played solid up to the top of the sixth,” said Coach Scott Harris. “Our bats came alive but we had too many errors. To our credit we bounced back and tied the game. Take away those errors and we had a great shot at winning the game. Our girls have a great attitude and we look forward to playing at our level consistently.”

The second game was a non-league contest the Vikings lost 12-6 with “a lot of our young girls getting some valuable experience against a quality varsity team” according to Harris.

Vikings golf

The Vikings traveled to Lopez to take on the Lobos on their home course on April 4. Coach Justin Taylor said despite a rainy day the Orcas players had a good match on the nine-hole course that plays 18 with separate pins and tee boxes for the front and back nine. The Vikings were led by William Coe swinging a 47, Roo Smith had a 50, Graye Parnell 52 and Mara Nutt 62. Taylor said the highlight of the day was Zach Kostechko, who had a great round of golf and shot his personal best of 57.

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