Viks land upset over Falcons

Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn shares a fist-bump with the Vikings, who upset Elmira last Tuesday.

“I cant express how proud I am of the men tonight,” said Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn

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May 11, 2019 — At 0-11 coming into last Tuesday’s home game against visiting Elmira, there was no chance for the Vikings baseball team to reach the post season as the Far West League rolled into its final week of league play

But that didn’t keep Siuslaw from mounting one of its best performances of the season, much to the chagrine of the Falcons, who came i to the game hoping to secure a state play-off position with a win.

Siuslaw had other ideas, instead playing spoiler to Elmira’s post-season hopes by landing the Falcons for a 4-1 upset victory.

“I cant express how proud I am of the men tonight,” said Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn, following Tuesday’s win. “They played hard and executed very well defensively.”

Caleb Hennessee, a junior right-hander on the mound for Siuslaw, fanned six batters and pitched a complete game to spark Siuslaw’s defense, which also included a timely double-play in the second inning that ended a base-loaded threat from Elmira.

The Viks also got outstanding defensive play by sophomore Chayton James, who caught a long fly ball and relayed it home in an attempt to beat the runner from third base.

Though the throw was too late, sophomore Elijah Blankenship fired the ball to sophomore third-baseman Dalton Stinger, who nabbed the trailing runner for another double play.

“They are putting together the things we have been working on in practice, and it really showed,” said Shinn.

Siuslaw posted 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, on a sacrifice fly from Hennessee and an RBI groundout from James.

The Falcons scored their only run in the top of the fifth, cutting Siuslaw’s lead to just 1 run.

The Viks extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a single from junior Jared Northrop that scored sophomore Clay Kramer.

Northrop went on to cross home plate on a wild pitch to secure a 4-1 lead and the win.

Last night, Siuslaw finished its baseball season at home, hosting Marshfield in a doubleheader (after press deadlines) during Senor Night.

Seniors on this year’s team include Tim Lowder, Jordan Taniguchi, and Gabe Simington from Mapleton.

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