April 13, 2019 — In spite of nearly a week of constant rain threatening to postpone last week’s Sky-Em league openers at Marist High School, the Vikings were able to dodge enough rain to take on the Spartans in baseball and softball last Tuesday.
In baseball, Marist was able to get out to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then added another run in the bottom of the second while keeping Siuslaw scoreless. Meanwhile, Marist pitcher Will Bullock, a senior, held the Viks to just three hits during the first four innings, retiring 8 Siuslaw batters with strikeouts along the way.
The Vikings rotated four batters against the Spartans, with Mapleton senior Gabe Simington throwing the first 2 1/2 innings, until Marist began stringing together a series of hits in the bottom of the third. Siuslaw sophomore Clay Kramer and junior Jared Northrop each came to the mound in the third inning, but were unable to stop the Spartans before 9 more runs had crossed the plate.
Trailing 14-0 to start the fifth inning, the Vikings sent sophomore Elijah Blankenship to the mound, where he finished the 6-inning match-up for Siuslaw in a 14- shutout.
Offensively, the Vikings were led by junior Caleb Hennessee, who went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. fellow sophomore Dalton Stinger also had a double for the Viks.
In softball, the Lady Vikings lost their league opener 11-0 to the Lady Spartans, who entered the game with an 7-1 record.
Yesterday, both Siuslaw teams were scheduled for a twin bill at home against Junction City, starting at 3 p.m. As of press time, the doubleheader with the Tigers had not been called due to weather or poor field conditions.
Tuesday, Siuslaw will host Cottage Grove for baseball and softball, barring weather, beginning at 5 p.m.