‘Comeback kids’ continue to rack up W’s

Junior Eaden Mead slides under the Coquille tag to give the Vikings the lead against Coquille on April 1. The Viks would come back to win the game 3-2. Photo courtesy of Siuslaw Athletics/www.instagram.com/siuslawathletics/

Siuslaw baseball team stages another late inning rally in win over Coquille

April 7, 2023 — The Siuslaw baseball team continued to show their resiliency with another comeback win last week, their third in their last four games.

On April 1 Coquille came to town for a non league day game.

Siuslaw senior Noah Dotson started on the mound for the Viks and gave up an unearned run to the Red Devils in the 2nd inning to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

After junior Mathias Wilson walked and reached third base via stolen bases, Dotson grounded out to the third baseman to drive in a run and tie the score at 1-1.

Coquille would quickly answer in the top of the 6th to retake the lead 2-1.

Then, the bottom of the sixth opened with back to back walks to sophomore Max Reynolds and junior Eaden Mead.

Reynolds stole third then freshman Jordan Pitcher hit a sacrifice fly for his team leading 9th RBI on the season and the score was tied at two apiece.

After Reynolds scored Mead stole third. With sophomore Joel Sissel at the plate the Red Devil catcher couldn’t handle a badly pitched ball and the ball got by him, Mead raced home and slid. The umpire yelled, “safe” and the Viks had a 3-2 lead.

Viking coach Tom Shinn sent Dotson back to the mound for the top of the 7th to attempt to shut down Coquille and earn the first complete game win of the year for a Viking pitcher.

Dotson gave up a hit to Matlock of Coquille with one out putting the tying run on base. Matlock advanced to third on a groundout putting the tying run just 60 feet from scoring.

Dotson overcame the high pressure situation to strike out Chance Dery for the final out of the game and a Viking victory. The pitcher pitched 7 very strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while allowing no earned runs and striking out 5. Dotson was also 1-3 at the plate with an RBI and 3 stolen bases.

Reynolds also had a great game for Siuslaw going 1-1 with 2 walks and 4 stolen bases and a run.

After the non league game against Coquille the Viks (6-1) returned to Mountain Valley Conference play with a series against La Pine (6-3). Coming into the series both teams were tied for first at 3-0 in league play. Game one of the series was Tuesday, after press deadlines. Games two and three are today (April 7) in La Pine. First pitch of game one is at 2 p.m.