Vikings baseball ends season, celebrate seniors

The Pirates scuttled the Viks

MHS: 12  SHS: 6

MHS: 14  SHS: 0

May 15, 2019 — Last Friday’s doubleheader at John “Jiggs” Dodson Field marked the end of the season for Viking baseball, as well as the end of the high school careers for three of its players and its statkeeper.

Seniors Tim Lowder, Jordan Taniguchi and Gabe Simington were each acknowledged before Friday’s nightcap game, along with senior statkeeper Desteny Johnson.

Lowder was joined on the field by his parents, Rhonda and Nathan Lowder, along with Taniguchi and his parents, Brandi Taniguchi and Jeff Gray, as well as Simington and his parents, Cara and Mike Simington.

Johnson also came to the field, where head coach Tom Shinn presented her with flowers and a certificate of appreciation.

Simington, a four-year starter for Siuslaw from Mapleton, went to work on the mound in the opener, striking out 10 Marshfield batters on 108 pitches in 4-2/3 innings.

With Siuslaw ahead 5-0, the Pirates were able to go on a 5-run series in the fifth inning, all unearned, to tie the game at 5-5.

Siuslaw came back to score in the bottom of the inning to take a 1-run lead as junior Caleb Hennessee took over the mound in relief.

The Pirates scuttled the Viks lead, scoring 2 runs in the sixth and 7 runs in the seventh for a 12-6 win.

Hennessee was 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Junior Dalton Stinger had an RBI and 2 runs scored. Junior Jared Northrop scored twice for Siuslaw.

"Offensively, we did well early. But when they made a pitching change, we struggled to adjust," said Shinn. "Unfortunately, our errors came at very untimely times and led to our pitchers throwing more pitches to get out of innings."

In game two, Marshfield scored 8 runs in the second inning, along with 5 more in the sixth, to secure a 14-0 shutout.


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