Orcas softball: Vikings earn berth at districts with Darrington defeat

The lady Vikings took down the Loggers 3-1 at Buck Park on April 29, bringing their league record to 10-4.

“Adria pitched a real steady game for us with only one walk and six strikeouts,” said coach Scott Harris. “The defense was really steady all through the day, and we had just one error.”

Darrington took advantage of that single error to score their one run of the day, right off the bat in the first inning.

“That one run was really a goofy thing; once we got through that it was nearly flawless softball for the rest of the game,” Harris said. “In the second inning our defense really stepped up, just got ’em one-two-three.”

At the bottom of the third, Emily Bodenhamer got herself on base and used her great speed to steal two bases; Lindsay Anderson put the ball in play, scoring Bodenhamer to put the Vikings on the board and tie the game.

Heads up base running by Aliviah Garcia pulled in a second run in the fourth inning. Aliviah batted off the inning with a hard single, followed close behind with Brook Bruland on a bunt. Both girls stole  forward on a Logger error, and at next bat a passed ball by Darrington sent Aliviah flying home.

The Vikings’ last run came in the bottom of the fifth and gave the Loggers deja-vu: Bodenhamer walked to first and then stole two bases. She was perched on third and waiting to slide when Anderson smacked a single clutch hit, giving her the perfect opportunity to score. Box scores from the game are online here.

The Vikings’ win clinches a berth at the district tournament. Now third in their league and second in the 2B division, the girls can now finish no lower than second in their league.

“This weekend we push for a shot at the league title,” Harris said. “We have some big games against teams we’ve already lost to: La Conner and Friday Harbor. Our girls, they battle hard, and they’ve really settled in defensively; if we bring our bats we have a great shot. We love playing games that matter. Our girls are super excited about the opportunity. We will battle, and go from there.”

The Viking’s next home game is a May 5 double-header against Friday Harbor, 1:30 p.m. at Buck Park. The team played La Conner May 3, after the Sounder went to press.