(cutline: Mapleton senior Tanner Wilson looks out from the batter’s box during his final at bat for the Siuslaw program.)
May 12, 2018 — The Vikings finished out the 2018 Far West League baseball season at home Thursday night, hosting the fourth-place Lancers, who completed a three-game sweep of Siuslaw this week.
On Monday, the Vikings were on the road in Tri City, where the underclassmen-dominated Viks fell in a 14-3, five-inning loss to the Lancers.
South Umpqua senior William Wylie threw a 1-hitter, striking out 8 but walking 6, with less than 50 percent of his pitchers finding the strike zone.
“[South Umpqua’s] pitcher was wild, and we got complacent,” said Viking coach Thomas Shinn. “Our hitting couldn’t find a rhythm and we really struggled.”
Siuslaw, which only has two seniors on its roster — Tanner Wilson of Mapleton and Evan Teter of Florence — fielded only underclassmen in the game.
The Lancers, by comparison, recognized seven seniors in their final home game.
With Teter out following a knee injury against North Bend the previous week, the Viks brought up JV players freshman Brandon Heckathorn and junior Jordan Taniguchi to flesh out the line-up.
Taniguchi was fresh from his first appearance on the mound a week earlier at North Bend, where he threw 1 1/3 innings, striking out 3 and nabbing a put out at first base.
However, Monday night Siuslaw rotated junior Caleb Hennessee, sophomore Jared Northrop and freshman Dalton Stinger on the mound, but defensive errors caused problems for the Vikings.
“The mental mistakes on top of the errors caused our pitchers to have to throw too many pitches and try to be too careful around the [strike] zone,” said Shinn.
The Viks’ only hit of the game came off the bat of junior Tim Lowder, on a single in the top of the fifth inning before the game ended due to the 10-run rule.
Thursday, the Lancers completed the sweep in back-to-back 5-inning wins, 10-0 and 19-3.
Wilson had the night’s biggest hit, smacking a triple during his final at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap his high school career.
Teter, the team’s only other senior, was out of the line-up due to his injury.
The Viks end the season 2-13 in league and fifth place overall.