Viks Swing Into The Night Against Elmira

Siuslaw senior Clay Kramer takes a swing at the plate as the Vikings took on the Falcons in last Friday's home opener. (Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Siuslaw: 7  Elmira: 22

On Friday (April 16), the Vikings’ baseball team faced off against Elmira/Triangle Lake’s team at home. It was a hard-fought game, but the Falcons were able to come out ahead, finishing the game after the sixth inning and winning 22-7.

Lead-off on the mound for Siuslaw was Elijah Blankenship, who had pitched in the previous game against Cottage Grove, with Jason Garcia once again behind the plate. According to coach Tom Shinn, “We are still looking at different combinations on the field. I had planned on looking at him [Blankenship] behind the plate in this series previously.”

The Falcons took the lead early, finishing the first inning ahead 6-3. However, in the second inning, the Viks were able to tie things up by scoring an additional three runs and holding the Falcons scoreless in the inning.

Siuslaw also executed well on defense in the second inning. After an attempted squeeze bunt by Elmira, which the batter missed, the Vikings were able to tag out the baserunner advancing home from third base.

In the third inning, the Falcons pulled ahead by one run and, in the fourth inning, Blankenship was relieved by Isaac Garza after four total strikeouts.

Elmira scored three more runs in the fourth inning to Siuslaw’s one, putting the Falcons up 10-7.

Unfortunately, the Viks did not bring home any more runners for the remainder of the game.

In the fifth, Elmira kept swinging hard, scoring three more runs. In the sixth, Clay Kramer came in as relief, pitching the final inning of the game after three strikeouts from Garza during his outing.

The Falcons dominated in the sixth inning, scoring an additional nine runs, prompting the umpires to call the game at the end of the sixth inning, with a final score of 22-7.

Shinn explained that, despite the loss, there were still many positives about the game.

“We reduced the number of strikeouts in this game,” he said. “We ran the bases aggressively, which I like to see.”

The Viks were struck out eight times on Friday, as opposed to the 10 strikeouts they had last Tuesday (April 13) at Cottage Grove. According to Shinn, this is one of the areas the team is focusing on specifically.

“I try to emphasize, when we put the ball in play it makes the other team have to play error free baseball,” said Shinn.

Another area of focus will be on Siuslaw’s pitchers. “We have to work at reducing the number of errors to help our pitchers reduce the number of pitches they have to throw in the game,” added Shinn.

Friday was meant to be a full doubleheader for the Vikings. However, the nightcap had to be paused at the top of the fourth inning due to a lack of daylight, with Elmira leading 13-8.

Said Shinn, “The first game took over three hours to complete. The second game didn't start until about 7 p.m. and, by about 8:15 p.m., it was becoming too dark to safely play the

game.”

The game will pick up from that point when the Vikings travel to play Elmira away on May 4, with the score as noted and team lineups starting from where they left off.

In the meantime, the Viks hit their home field last night (April 20), with game results unavailable by press deadlines.

Friday, the Vikings will be on the road to face Marist in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.   

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