Vikings baseball, softball coverage

Above: Viking Miles Harlow.

by MARTY ZIER

Sports contributor

The Viking baseball team swept a double header on March 30 against Cedar Park Christian, 12-10 and 15-5.

“We started a little sloppy in the first game and gave Cedar Park a couple runs due to some errors, but by the second inning we started to hit the ball,” said Coach Jim Passer. “Miles Harlow and Pasha Bullock had three hits, and almost the whole lineup got in the game. Gwydion Marreth relieved Harlow at pitching, and both did a good job.”

The Vikings traveled to Lopez on April 3 and came away with another two wins against the Lobos, 14-4 and 17-4.

“In the first game we were able to play everyone,” Passer said. “Pasha started at pitching, and freshman Hayden Simpson did a good job in relief. In the second game, Steven Bodenhamer started as pitcher, and our defense was a lot better. Every spot in the lineup scored a run.”

The Vikings faced tougher competition against Concrete on April 4 but prevailed with a 6-5 win over the Lions after eight innings. Passer said the game showed the young Vikings have the drive to battle back even if down late in the game.

“We were down 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Mackey Cardinell led us off with a single followed by hits by Pasha and Miles. Kaskurs hit a big RBI double for the tying run. Then Jordan Randolph stole second base and Demitri Pence hit the game-winning, base-hit RBI.”

Despite the Vikings leading league 4-1 over 3-0 Friday Harbor, Passer considers the Vikings in second place in league since the Wolverines have not lost a game.

The 0-2 Viking softball team lost to Concrete on April 4, 16-10, in a game that head coach Jason Nichols said showed his young team has resilience.

“We dug ourselves a pretty big hole,” Nichols said. “We were down 10-2 by the third inning, but we battled back much better than last week. We had hits up and down the line, but a couple players had strong games. Bethany Hansen went 3-5 with a triple, Evie Hance went 3-5 and Joanne Mietzner 2-5 with three RBIs. I am pleased with our performance to get back in the game. We just ran out of innings.”

The girls next play LaConner.