Viks roll into second half of league


“We played a pretty god baseball game but just didn’t take advantage of opportunities given to us."

Siuslaw: 000  100  1 — 2 3 4

Elmira: 202  010  X — 5 8 2

Siuslaw: 000  00 — 0 2 4

Elmira: 011  08 — 10 9 0

April 24, 2019 — Siuslaw was on the road at Elmira last Thursday to take on the Sky-Em’s unbeaten Falcons (5-0, 11-2) in a doubleheader moved forward a day out of concerns over rain predictions.

Though they were able to get runners into scoring position in the third, fourth and seventh innings, the Vikings left runners aboard, only bringing home 1 run in the third and seventh innings.

“We played a pretty god baseball game but just didn’t take advantage of opportunities given to us,” said Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn.

Senior Gabe Simington, a left-hander from Mapleton, retired 11 Elmira batters in just over five innings on the mound, throwing 73 strikes on 113 pitches for the Viks. Junior Jared Northrop came in for relief early in the fifth inning, holding the Falcons scoreless for the remainder of the game. But Elmira managed to secure the win with a 3-run advantage, 5-2.

Northrop, along with sophomore shortstop Chayton James, each went 1-for-3 at the plate, knocking in 1 run each.

Sophomore Elijah Blankenship, who spent all seven innings behind the plate, scored once and had 1 stolen base.

In the second game of the doubleheader, sophomore Dalton Stinger threw all five innings. The Viks trailed just 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, until Elmira’s offense drove 8 runs across the plate, bringing the game to an early finish at 10-0 on the mercy rule.

Northrop and senior Tim Lowder provided Siuslaw’s only two hits in the game.

“We struggled again at the plate,” said Shinn. “We just didn’t put the ball in play enough. That made it a pretty easy defensive game for Elmira.”

Shinn pointed out that the weather turned bad toward the end of the nightcap. “The final score didn’t really reflect how well we were playing defensively up until the bottom of the fifth inning.”

Yesterday, Siuslaw was at Marshfield (after press deadlines). The Viks will host Marist for a doubleheader this Friday, beginning at 3 p.m., as the second half of league play gets under way.

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