Vikings nearly stop Spartans — twice

Siuslaw senior Tim Lowder advances to second base.

“We did a better job of putting the ball in play.”

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May 1, 2019 — “We did a better job of putting the ball in play,” Siuslaw baseball coach Tom Shinn said of Friday’s doubleheader against Marist (7-2, 11-6). “Our approach at the plate was to make their pitcher work, and we extended counts several times.”

In the opener, there was a 2-2 stalemate from the fourth through seventh innings as both teams battled to get the lead, forcing the game into an eighth inning.

Viking sophomore catcher Elijah Blankenship fueled Siuslaw’s offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, a pair of RBIs and a stolen base while junior Jared Northrop had an RBI double and scored twice. Sophomore Dalton Stinger smacked a triple and scored once, and fellow sophomore Chayton James connected for an RBI and scored a run to keep the offense going.

On the mound, Mapleton Gabe Simington struck out 7 Marist batters in six innings, with Northrop throwing relief in the seventh and eighth innings.

In the eighth inning, the Spartans managed to drive five runs home to take a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.

Siuslaw was on its way to rallying after scoring four runs, but eventually left the tying and winning runs on base for a narrow 7-6 loss.

In the nightcap, Stinger took the mound, where he struck out 8 batters in a little over four innings before handing it over to senior Tim Lowder.

Lowder and Northrop “had a productive game at the plate,” Shinn said. “And Henry Rankin swung up from JV and had a very good night at the plate.”

Lowder was 2-for-3 against Marist, with 2 RBIs. Northrop was 2-for-2 and scored once, while Rankin, a freshman, had a double and 2 RBIs for the Viks.

Siuslaw held a 6-4 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning, when the Spartans rallied once again, bringing home 3 runs, then adding 2 more in the top of the sixth to hold out for a 9-6 win in a game that ended an inning early due to darkness.

Shinn said he was happy with the team’s performance at the plate as well as on the field.

“Defensively, we played fairly well. However, of the seven runs they scored [in game one], only one was earned.”

Siuslaw was at Junction City last night (after press deadlines) and will be on the road at Cottage Grove this Friday for a doubleheader with the Lions, beginning at 3 p.m.


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