.461 Wesley Powell
.444 Jose Gutierrez
.309 Shaughn Kelly
On Base Percentage
.561 Wesley Powell
.511 Jose Gutierrez
.369 Jacques Palmer
.618 - Wesley Powell
.617 - Jose Gutierrez
.412 - Shaughn Kelly
10 - Jose Gutierrez
7 - Wesley Powell
5 - William Sutherland
2 - Jose Gutierrez
1 - Wesley Powell
1 - William Sutherland
1 - Jaques Palmer
1 - Johaun Palmer
1 - Wesley Powell
1 - Nick Llorente
22 - Wesley Powell
16 - Jacques Palmer
13 - Jose Gutierrez
11 - Shaughn Kelly
10 - Kie Lancaster
11 - Jose Gutierrez
9 - Wesley Powell
9 - Nick Llorente
8 - William Sutherland
7 - Kie Lancaster
11 - Wesley Powell
8 - Jacques Palmer
3 - Nick Llorente
3 - William Sutherland
18 - Jose Gutierrez
14 - Shaughn Kelly
14 - William Sutherland
13 - Nick Llorente
12 - Wesley Powell
9 - Wesley Powell
6 - Jose Gutierrez
6 - Jacques Palmer
5 - Johaun Palmer
4 - Jacques Palmer
2 - Nick Llorente
2 - Erick Dibrell
2 - Wesley Powell
2 - Shaughn Kelly
2 - William Sutherland
2 - Nick Llorente
53.2 - Nick Llorente
33.0 - Kie Lancaster
29.1 - Sean Harcrow
21.0 - Brendan Bell
1.333 - Brendan Bell
2.386 - Sean Harcrow
2.739 - Nick Llorente
2.758 - Kie Lancaster
0.952 - Brendan Bell
1.267 - Nick Llorente
1.364 - Sean Harcrow
1.545 - Kie Lancaster
4 - Nick Llorente
3 - Sean Harcrow
3 - Kie Lancaster
2 - Brendan Bell
1.000 - Wesley Powell
1.000 - Kie Lancaster
0.952 - William Sutherland
The Lamar Viking Varsity came into their final District game against Sam Houston knowing that their playoff hopes had been dashed, but wanting to at finish District play with a .500 record. Senior Sean Harcrow got the start, and made the most of it.
Mr. Leadoff – Wesley Powell once again started the game off for the Vikings with a base hit, and advanced to 3B on a Jose Gutierrez single. Unfortunately the Vikings could not push a run across the plate. In the bottom of the inning the Texans would load the bases on a pair of walks and a catcher’s interference call, but Harcrow would keep them off the board.
The Vikings got the scoring started in the top of the 2nd. Shaughn Kelly led it off with a single, and Cameron Badillo walked. Kie Lancaster would then follow with a single to left that scored Kelly. Powell would be hit by a pitch for a team leading 11th time on the season, and Badillo would later score on a wild pitch to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the 2nd. Harcrow would retire the Texans in order.
In the top of the 3rd the Vikings would widen their lead. William Sutherland led off with a single, and Nick Llorente would follow with a double that plated Sutherland. With one out Lancaster would knock in his 2nd run of the game with another base hit. Johaun Palmer would follow with triple that scored Lancaster, and made the score 5-0 Vikings. Harcrow would allow a walk in the bottom half of the inning, but would continue to keep the Texans off the board.
Lamar would explode in the 4th to put the game away. Jacques Palmer would lead it off with a bunt single, and Gutierrez would follow with a walk. Sutherland’s double would plate both runners. Llorente would add another base hit. After Llorente was picked off 1st, Kelly hit a sacrifice fly that scored Sutherland. The Vikes would then load the bases when Badillo singled to right, Lancaster walked, and Johaun Palmer reached on an infield hit. Powell’s double to center scored all 3 runners. Jacques Palmer followed with a hit to score Powell. Gutierrez tripled to score Palmer, and he would score on a balk. Sutherland would follow with another triple, and scored on Llorente’s 3rd hit of the game. Kelly followed with a double to center. Badillo’s single would score Llorente. Lancaster completed the scoring with yet another RBI single to center that scored Kelly making it 17-0 Vikings.
The long time sitting on the bench seemed to energize Harcrow as he struck out the side in the bottom of the 4th.
Gutierrez knocked his third single of the game in the 5th, but that would be the final Viking base runner of the season.
Harcrow would walk a pair in the bottom of the 5th, but coaxed a grounder to end the game preserving his no hitter and shut out.
Harcrow threw the complete 5 inning no hitter striking out 7 while walking 5.
The Viking finished District play in 6th place with a 7-7 record, just one game out of the playoff race.
It was do or die, and needing some help for the Vikings to make the playoffs. In their previous meeting with the Weatherford Kangaroos the Vikings fell behind 4-0 early, made a valiant comeback to tie the game in the top of the 7th only to give up the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
Nick Llorente was called upon one last time to start for the Vikings. After last season Llorente looked to be the Viking closer, but the early graduation of Shane Buechele and the season ending injury to Brendan Bell forced Nick into the ace role. All year long he has battled, and battled for the Vikings almost always facing the opposing team’s ace. Nick kept his team in the game every single team that he took the mound, and gave the Vikings a chance to win the game.
The Kangaroos would get a 2-out double in the top of the 1st, but Llorente would keep them off the board. In the bottom of the 2nd it was once again Wesley Powell leading the game off for the Vikings with a base hit. Jacques Palmer would follow with a bunt single, and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position with no outs. The Weatherford pitcher bore down, and came out of the inning with the game still in a scoreless tie.
The Kangaroos would open up the scoring in the top of the 2nd. After a pair of hits to lead off the inning it looked as though Llorente would get out of the inning when he coaxed an easy grounder, but an error allowed the Kangaroos to take a 1-0 lead. The Vikings would go down in order in their half of the inning.
In the 3rd the Kangaroos would extend their lead to 3-0 with 4 straight 2-out hits. The Vikings would tighten things up the bottom of the inning. Chance Fuller would line a base hit to right to lead things off. Powell and Jacques Palmer would follow with base hits to load the bases, and a fourth straight hit, this one by Jose Gutierrez, would plate both Fuller and Powell. The Vikings would load the bases on a fielder’s choice with still nobody out. With the chance to tie or take the lead the Viking bats fell silent, and the Kangaroos escaped the 3rd still leading 3-2.
The Kangaroos would make it 4-2 in the top of the 4th with a base hit and the help of a Viking error. The Vikings went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
After yet another Viking error to start the 5th, Llorente bore down and retired the next 3 Kangaroos in order. The Vikings looked to make the comeback in the bottom of the inning. With one out they loaded the bases on a Jacques Palmer walk, Gutierrez was hit by a pitch, and Eric Dibrell reached on a bunt single. Once again the Weatherford pitcher would battle out of a jam to keep the score 4-2 after 5.
The only runner either team managed in the 6th was a 2-out Kangaroo single.
Onto the 7th and yet another Viking error and a Kangaroo base hit led off the inning, but as he has done so many times all season – Llorente battled out of it to keep the game close.
To the bottom of the 7th with the Viking playoff hopes on the line. Powell would single for the 3rd time in the game. Jacques Palmer reached on his ground ball when the Kangaroos failed to get Powell at 2B. Gutierrez would follow with a single to right that scored Powell, and made it a 4-3 game. The Vikings had the tie run at 2nd and the winning run at 1st with no outs with the 3-4-5 hitters coming out as the Kangaroos coach went to the mound to change pitchers. The new pitcher came on to retire the final 3 Viking hitters, and end their playoff chances.
Llorente battled valiantly once again throwing a complete game allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits while striking out 7 and walking none.
Lamar's seven Seniors were honored in a ceremony after the game:
Coming into this game with North Crowley it was a tight race for the playoffs, but with the way things were shaping up it was almost a must win for the Vikings. Unfortunately the Vikings would come out flat, and with the exception of the Hebron game early in tournament play it may have been their worst game of the season.
Wesley Powell would lead the game off with an infield single, and advance to 2nd on Jacques Palmer’s sacrifice bunt, but that was as far as he would go. Sean Harcrow got the start for the Vikings. He had a bit of a shaky bottom of the 1st allowing a base hit and 2 walks, but managed to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Vikings would go down in order in the 2nd, and once again the Panthers would threaten in their half of the inning on a Viking error and a base hit, but Harcrow held his ground leaving the game a scoreless tie into the 3rd.
With one out Kie Lancaster and Wesley Powell singled, but the Vikings could not advance either runner. The Panthers finally broke through in a big way in the bottom of the 3rd. After a leadoff walk the Panther catcher would homer over the leftfield wall. The next batter doubled to left, and would score on a base hit. Another run would score with the help of another Viking error and sacrifice fly. After a pair of walks loaded the bases Kie Lancaster came on in relief. A sacrifice fly would make it 5-0 Panthers before the Vikings could finally get out of the inning.
Lamar would try to get back in the game in the 4th. Eric Dibrell reached on a beautiful drag bunt single, and William Sutherland followed with a walk. Chance Fuller came on as a courtesy runner for Sutherland. Both runners would advance on a wild pitch, and then score on a Shaughn Kelly’s single to center to cut the Panther lead to 5-2. Unfortunately the Viking rally ended there. Lancaster would hold the Panthers in the bottom half of the inning.
All the Vikings could must in the 5th was a 2-out walk to Jose Gutierrez. The Panthers would extend their lead to 7-2 on a pair of hits and a pair of walks.
In the 6th the Vikings would go down in order while the Panthers lead increased to 9-2 on another pair of hits, a walk and also a hit batsman.
The Vikings would go down in order in the 7th to lose their 2nd straight district game, and put their playoff hopes in peril.
The Vikings came into this game against the Arlington Colts on a 4-game District winning streak and in a 5-way tie for first. Lamar would send their ace Nick Llorente to the mound.
Llorente started out the game with great control, throwing lots of strikes and tosses a great curve. He would retire the first 7 Colt hitters in order. The Vikings would go in order in the 1st, but in the 2nd Llorente would help his own cause by smashing a home run over the left field wall to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead after 2 innings.
The Colts would rally in the 3rd inning. Llorente allowed a 1 out walk, and a 2 out base hit. After both runners stole a base the next batter lined a single to left to give the Colts a 2-1 lead. Wesley Powell would single with 2 outs in the Vikings half of the inning, but would be left stranded.
Over the next 2 innings the only runner either team could manage was a walk to the Vikings William Sutherland.
The Colts would extend their lead in the 6th. The inning started off with a little bloop behind the pitcher’s mound were the middle infielders failed to call off Llorente who slipped trying to make the play allowing the runner to reach safely. A stolen base and single would score the runner to make it 3-1. Jose Gutierrez would single on a pop to shallow left, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Neither team would threaten in the 7th inning, as the Colts won the game by a final score of 3-1.
Llorente would take the loss throwing a complete 7 inning game, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2.
On a final note, this was the second time this season that the Arlington Citizen-Journal came out to cover a Viking game. The Vikings failed to win either game.
The Vikings came into their game against Paschal in a 4-way tie for 3rd place in the district standings, and just 1 game behind leading Paschal and Weatherford who were leading. In a season where 7 of the 8 teams are not only vying for the 4 playoffs spots, all 7 are also vying for the district championship. Any of the 7 teams can beat any of the other teams on a given night.
In their prior meeting the Paschal Panthers beat the Vikings 5-1, but the true loss for the Vikes was the season ending injury suffered by Lamar ace Brendan Bell. The Vikes were looking to turn this one in the favor, and keep their 3 game district winning streak alive.
Sean Harcrow would get his 2nd district start in 10 days for the Vikings. He would make the most of his opportunity. Paschal managed a 1-out single, but Harcrow would strand the runner at 3B. Wesley Powell would open the game for the Vikings getting on base as he always seem to do with a leadoff walk. Jacques Palmer was up next and he was hit by a pitch to put runners on 1B & 2B with no outs. With one out, however, Powell was caught trying to steal 3B. Eric Dibrell would walk to again put 2 runners on, but the Vikings failed to push any runs across.
The only runner either team could manage in the 2nd inning was the Vikings Shaughn Kelly being hit by a pitch.
Paschal would take a 3-0 lead in the 3rd with the help of 2 of the first 3 batters drawing walks and a Viking error. A 2-out Jose Gutierrez single in the bottom of the inning was all the offense the Vikings could muster.
Paschal would get their leadoff runner on in the 4th on another Viking error, but he would not advance any further than 2B. The Vikings loaded the bases in their half of the inning on a William Sutherland leadoff walk, and a pair of Paschal errors. The Panthers, however, turned a double play to end the Viking threat.
Harcrow would walk the leadoff hitter in the 5th, but again would strand the runner at 2B heading to the home half of the inning. Time seemed to be running out for the Vikings, but one thing that has really come to light over the past several weeks – this Viking team never quits. Powell led off by lining a rope past the center fielder for a triple. He would then score on a Jacques Palmer line single to left. Gutierrez then singled to center, and Dibrell’s bunt single loaded the bases for the Vikings. Sutherland was then hit by a pitch to score Powell, narrowing the Paschal lead to 3-2. A double play ball would score Gutierrez to tie the game 3-3.
Paschal got yet another leadoff runner on with a base hit to start the 6th, but Harcrow would stiffen once again stranding the go ahead run at 3B. The Vikings Johaun Palmer was hit by a pitch with one out, but was quickly erased on another double play to end the 6th.
Nick Llorente entered the game in relief for the Vikings to start the 7th, which started with yet another Panther leadoff hitter reaching safely. This time a double. A sacrifice advanced the runner to 3B with only one out. Llorente was then able to strike out the next hitter, and coax a fly out to end the Paschal threat.
Onto the bottom of the 7th inning. Jose Gutierrez blooped a 1-out single to left that got things going for Vikings. With 2-outs William Sutherland hit a hard grounder up the middle just out of reach of the diving Paschal SS, and Llorente followed with a single through the hole on the left side. Shaughn Kelly came up with the bases loaded and 2 outs. On a 2-2 count he ripped a line drive over the center fielder’s head for the walk off Viking win 4-3.
Llorente gets the win in 1 inning of relief allowing 0 runs on 1 hit while striking out 1. Harcrow did a great job keeping the Vikings in the game throwing 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5.
The win keeps alive the Vikings 4 game district winning streak, and moves them into a 5-way tie for 1st place in the district standings with 4 games to go. In the second round of district play the Vikings have now avenged 2 of their 4 first half losses.
Coming into this game Lamar was 4-4 and tied with 3 other teams for 4th place in the district standings. Bowie was 5-3, and tied with Weatherford for 2nd place. The Vikings were victorious in the 1st matchup between these 2 teams winning by a 4-2 score.
In the 1st Wesley Powell led off the game with a line drive single to left field, but was caught trying to steal 2B. Jose Gutierrez drew a 2 out walk, but was stranded at 1B. Kie Lancaster got the start on the mound for the Vikings, and retired the Volunteers in order to end the 1st in a scoreless tie.
The Vikings went down in order in the 2nd, but the Volunteers would open the scoring in their half of the inning. On one of his few mistakes of the night Lancaster hung a pitch that was drilled to the right center wall. Right fielder Eric Dibrell got to the ball quickly, and gunned it to the relay man. It looked like the Vikes had a play a 3B, but the relay was high. The next hitter hit a sacrifice fly to give the Volunteers a 1-0 lead after 2.
In the 3rd Cameron Badillo would find the hole on the right side of the infield for a 1-out base hit, but again the Vikings could advance him no further. The Volunteers would threaten again in the bottom of the inning with a pair of hits, but Lancaster would keep them in check.
Finally in the 4th the Vikings would get on the board with a Gutierrez double off the right field wall, a bunt single by Dibrell, and a base hit by a hot William Sutherland to tie the score 1-1. The Volunteers would get a runner on by a Viking error in the bottom of the inning, but Lancaster kept them from scoring.
One thing has been consistent, or should I say 2 players have been consistent throughout the season. Junior Wesley Powell and Sophomore Jose Gutierrez have been the offensive force behind the Vikings. In the top of the 5th Powell would give the Vikings the lead by smashing line drive over the right centerfield fence. Lancaster would allow a 2-out base hit in the Volunteers’ half, but a fielder’s choice quickly ended the inning with the Vikes on top 2-1.
The Vikings would extend their lead in the top of the 6th. Dibrell singled to center, but was out on a fielder’s choice hit by Sutherland. A wild throw on an attempted double play allowed Sutherland to advance to 2B. Courtesy runner Chance Fuller would take 3B on a wild pitch, and score on a Shaughn Kelly single to left making it 3-1 Vikings. After allowing a 1-out walk in the bottom of the inning, Lancaster quickly would record the next 2 outs.
The Vikings would add another run in the top of the 7th. Jacques Palmer put down a perfect bunt single, and advanced to 2B on a throwing error. Dibrell would then single him home to give the Vikings a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the 7th. A 2-out error followed by a single brought the tying run to the plate, but the Volunteer rally would end there as Johaun Palmer came in a fly ball to shallow left center to make a nice catch to end the game.
Lancaster, who looks more confident with each outing, picked up the complete game victory allowing 1 run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. With their 3rd straight district win the Vikings moved into a 4-way tie for 3rd place in the district standings.
After Friday night's emotional win over Martin the Vikings had a bit of a let down in a non-district game. As a makeup for the missed games in the Viking tournament Coach Kino scheduled a Saturday game against Irving Nimitz. He used this game to get a look at a few players who could be an integral part of next year’s Viking team. Cameron Badillo got the nod as the starting pitcher, and also called up from the JV team were Sophomores 2B Kyle Foster and OF Kendall Hadawi.
Badillo set Nimitz down in order in the 1st. The Vikings would grab an early lead. Wesley Powell singled to center and would score on a double by Jose Gutierrez to give the Vikes a 1-0 lead.
That lead would be short lived as Nimitz would explode for 7 runs in the top of the 2nd. The Vikings could manage only a single runner reaching on an error in the bottom of the inning.
Badillo recovered from the previous inning and set Nimitz down in order in the top of the 3rd. Powell would single again, and advance to 2nd on Foster’s sacrifice bunt, but the score remained 7-1 Nimitz after 3.
Powell would move to pitcher to start the 4th. After getting two quick outs, a Viking error and a Nimitz hit put a pair on, but Powell got the third out on a swinging K. The Vikings would stage a comeback in the bottom of the frame. Shaughn Kelly led it off with a base hit to left, Badillo and Eric Dibrell reached on errors to load the bases. Hadawi got an RBI when Kelly scored on his ground out. Powell’s sacrifice fly would score Badillo. After Foster walked to put runners on the corners, Jose Gutierrez’s single to right scored Dibrell. Foster would then steal home to finish the scoring in the inning for the Vikings, and tighten the score to 7-5.
After putting on a pair of runners to start the 5th Powell looked as though he’d get out of a jam before a double scored a pair expanding the Nimitz lead to 9-5. Nick Llorente would walk to lead off the Viking half, and then scored on a double by Kelly to make it 9-6 after 5.
Kelly would take the mound for the Vikings in the 6th. After not having pitched for a month he struggled with his control, and allowed a run to extend the Nimitz lead to 10-6. Pinch hitter Jacques Palmer led off the Vikes half with a single, and advanced to 2nd when Powell walked. A ground out advanced both runners, and Palmer would score on a Gutierrez sacrifice fly to make it 10-7.
Nimitz would get a pair of hits in the 7th, but Kelly kept them from doing any further damage. The Vikings would look to make a comeback in the bottom of the 7th. Kelly ripped a 1-out single to left, but a double play ended the game. Final score Nimitz 10-7.
Badillo takes the loss allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2. Powell threw 2 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 2 hits while hitting 2 batters and striking out 3. Kelly threw the final 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 3, and hitting a batter.
The Vikings finished the 1st half of district play a disappointing 3-4 and tied for 6th place. Adding to their woes was their loss of ace pitcher and 3B Brendan Bell for the season. If the Vikings were going to get back into the playoff hunt they would need to win some of the tough games where victory eluded them in the 1st half.
Lamar would travel to rival Martin for the start of the 2nd half. In their prior meeting the Vikings had suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss in 8 innings. This time around Nick Llorente would get the start for the Vikings.
In the top of the 1st inning Jose Gutierrez would line a 2-out single to center, but would be left at 1B to end the inning. Llorente would issue a 1 out walk in the bottom of the inning, but Martin would not threaten.
The Vikings would open the scoring up in the 2nd. Kie Lancaster drew a 1 out walk, and then with 2 outs Chance Fuller dropped a hit into center field. As Lancaster advanced toward 3B the center fielder’s throw got passed the third baseman, and Lancaster raced home for the 1st run of the ball game. The Warriors struck back in the bottom of the inning to tie the score on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.
Lamar would take back the lead in the 3rd. One that they would never relinquish. Wesley Powell led off with line drive single to LF, Jacques Palmer followed with a bunt single, and Jose Gutierrez drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Llorente hit a shallow fly ball, but Coach Kino decided to challenge the left fielder and sent the speedy Powell home. The throw beat Powell to plate, but was a little off line. Powell avoided the tag with a nifty slide, and scored the run. William Sutherland followed with a base hit to center that scored both Palmer and Gutierrez to give the Vikes a 4-1 lead. Kie Lancaster would follow with a single, but that would be the end of the Viking rally. The Warriors tried to rally with a single and walk in the bottom of the 3rd, but Sutherland gunned down a would-be base stealer to keep the Warriors in check.
Powell singled again in the 4th, and Jacques Palmer was hit by a pitch but the Viking rallied faded there. In the bottom half the inning Llorente hit a batter to start the inning. Next came what turned out to be the defensive play of the game. The Warrior hitter smashed a line drive that looked to be headed deep into the left field corner, but Fuller jumped and nabbed the ball then easily threw out the runner at 1B for the double play. Considering that the next 2 batters would single, Fuller’s play stopped what could have been a big rally for the Warriors.
The Vikings would extend their lead in the 5th. Sutherland would lead off the inning with a walk, and was replaced on the base by courtesy runner Eric Dibrell. Kie Lancaster would follow with a bunt single. When the 3B tried to make a play on Lancaster at 1B he threw wide for an error that allowed Dibrell to advance to 3B and Lancaster to 2B. Shaughn Kelly then singled to right that plated Dibrell, and gave the Vikings a 5-1 lead. Martin, however, would not go quietly. Llorente issued a 1 out walk, and then with 2 outs the Martin hitter laced a double to left center that scored a run. The next batter knocked one over the left field wall to narrow the Viking lead to 5-4.
Guess who started the inning off on base again in the 6th. That’s right Powell, this time when he was hit by a pitch. Jacques Palmer would follow with a bunt single to put 2 Viking runners on base with no outs. The Warriors’ pitcher stiffened, however, and the Vikings failed to push any more runs across. In the bottom of the inning the Warriors led off the inning with a base hit, and the runner advanced to 3B on another hit with one out. The Vikings would come up with another big defensive play. This time Sutherland would catch the runner straying too far off the third, and he was tagged out in a run down. Llorente would coax a fly ball to end the Martin threat, and retain the Viking lead.
After the Vikings went down in order in the 7th, the Warriors were looking to tie or walk off with the win. Again the Warriors led off with a base hit to center to put the tie run on base. The next Warrior hitter was unable to get a bunt down, and Llorente struck both him and the next hitter out. Coach Kino decided to intentionally walk the Warriors best hitter (home run in last at bat). This, however, put the tie run in scoring position, and the winning run on first. Llorente as he has been able to do all season, bore down, and struck out the final Warrior hitter to secure the win. Vikings 5 – Warriors 4
The win helped tighten the district playoff race, and put the Vikings right back in the mix. Llorente gets the win throwing the complete game 7 innings, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits while walking 4, hitting one batter and striking out 4.
After dropping their last two games, the Vikings looked to get back into the District playoff hunt. Sean Harcrow got the start for the Vikings.
Harcrow set the Texans down in order to start the game. The Vikings would then open a huge lead in their half the inning, and never look back. Wesley Powell led off the game by being hit by a pitch. Shaughn Kelly then reached on an error, and Jose Gutierrez was walked to load the bases. Nick Llorente recorded an RBI on a ground out as the runners all advanced one base. William Sutherland’s double plated two more runs. Eric Dibrell walked, and Kie Lancaster reached on an error that scored Gutierrez. Chance Fuller was then hit by a pitch to load the bases once again. Cameron Badillo’s single to left field scored another pair of runs. Powell who led off the inning completed the scoring by plating Fuller with a sacrifice fly. The Vikings led 7-0 after 1.
Harcrow set the Texans down in order in both the 2nd and 3rd. The only base runner the Vikings could manage in either inning was Sutherland reaching 1st when he was hit by a pitch.
The Texans would get their first runner aboard in the 4th and scored a pair of runs when Harcrow would walk one, hit a batter, and allow a base hit to make it 7-2. The Vikings would extend their lead in the bottom of the inning. Powell led off the inning with a double, and would score on a triple by Jacques Palmer. Llorente would then knock in Palmer with a sacrifice fly. After Sutherland reached on a dropped 3rd strike, Dibrell and Lancaster both walked to load the bases. Fuller’s singled to center scored both Sutherland and Dibrell. Another single by Badillo scored Lancaster. Fuller would score the final run of the game as Powell reached on an error to make it 13-2.
After a leadoff single by the Texans started the 5th, Harcrow would then strike out the next 3 hitters to end the game.
Harcrow records the win throwing 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 1 and hitting 1 batter while striking out 7.
The Vikings made their longest trip of district play to Weatherford looking to get their season back on track. Junior Kie Lancaster got the start for the Vikings.
Jose Gutierrez tried to get the Vikings started with a 2-out double in the 1st, but was stranded at 2B. Lancaster struggled a bit with the strike zone to start the game, and walked the first 2 Kangaroo hitters. A sacrifice advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and a double would score both to give the Kangaroos a 2-0 lead after one.
The Vikings would go in order in the 2nd. After a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning Lancaster would battle out of it unscathed.
Once again the Vikings went down in order in the 3rd while the Kangaroos extended their lead in the bottom half of the frame. The Kangaroos loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of hits and a walk. One run would score on a sacrifice fly while another came across on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 after 3.
Lamar would load the bases in the top of the 4th on a Wesley Powell single, along with walks to Gutierrez and Lancaster, but the Vikes could not break the shutout. Weatherford would put on a pair in the bottom of the inning on a walk and single, but Lancaster would coax a fly out to end the Kangaroo threat.
The only runner either team could manage in the 5th was a Kangaroo one out single, but Lancaster stranded that runner on 1B.
The Vikings finally ended an 11 inning scoreless streak in the 6th. Gutierrez started it off with a 1 out single. William Sutherland notched a 2 out single to center, and Lancaster followed with another single to center that scored Gutierrez. Shaughn Kelly followed with yet another single to right that scored courtesy runner Chance Fuller. After the runners advanced on the throw the Kangaroos intentionally walked Eric Dibrell to load the bases. The Vikings could do no further damaged as they went to the bottom of the 6th trailing 4-2. Lancaster retired the Kangaroos in order.
Down a pair of runs the Vikings continued their comeback. Jacques Palmer was hit by a pitch, and with one out Gutierrez walked to reach base safely for the 4th time in the game. With 2 outs William Sutherland knocked a double to right that scored Palmer. Gutierrez would then score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.
Heading to the bottom of the 7th with Lancaster still on the mound, the Vikings looked to take the game to extra innings. After quickly getting the first out Lancaster walked the next batter, and his night was done. The Viking reliever’s first pitch was driven to left field just out of Lancaster’s reach to score the winning run. Kangaroos win 5-4, dropping the Vikings to 2-4 in district play.
Lancaster pitched valiantly, but takes the loss throwing 6 1/3 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks while striking out 2.
It was a disappointing loss for the Vikings, which made for a very long bus ride home. The fight the Vikings showed, however, to make such a nice comeback in the late innings may have provided them with the spark needed to change their season around.
Coming off an emotional win over rival Arlington the Vikings were looking to put themselves in a good position to make a run at the district championship. Nick Llorente got the start for the Vikings.
The saying goes that walks kill, especially lead off walks, and that proved true for the Vikings as the first Panther batter walked. After the next batter singled the third hitter would double to score both runners, and give North Crowley at 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish. The Vikings were looking to get right back in the game as Jacques Palmer led off with a single, but was caught stealing. Wesley Powell then walked, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored on a single to right field by Llorente to narrow the score to 2-1 after an inning of play.
In a quickly played game both teams went down in order in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. North Crowley managed a pair of 2 out singles in the 4th, but could do no further damage. Jose Gutierrez singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, and Llorente sacrificed him to 2B, but the Vikings failed to push a run home.
The Panthers managed another 2 out single in the 5th, but as he did all night Llorente continued to battle and got the final out. The Vikings would go down in order in their half of the frame.
Another leadoff Panther single in the 6th looked as though would be wasted, but with 2 outs the Panthers struck with 3 straight hits to extend their lead to 4-1.
The Vikings could not match the Panthers offensively as they only managed an infield single by Cameron Badillo in the 6th, and a Llorente walk in the 7th. The Vikings fall to 2-3 in district play.
Llorente takes the loss allowing 4 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. Sean Harcrow pitched the final 2/3 of an inning for the Vikings.
After falling to 1-2 in district play Lamar traveled to Arlington High 3-0 on a cold and windy night. While still early in the season it felt like a must win for the Vikings. Senior Nick Llorente got the start for the Vikings.
In the top of the first Junior Wesley Powell beat out an infield grounder with one out, but the Vikings hitters could not advance him. Llorente looked sharp in the bottom of the frame retiring the Colts in order.
Sophomore Shaughn Kelly continued his hot hitting reaching on a 2 out infield hit in the 2nd. The Vikings, however, could not take advantage. Llorente was strong, but at times his control was a bit off. He allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the frame, and hit the next batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. As always he bore down and retired the next 2 batters. Senior C William Sutherland ended the inning by gunning down the runner trying to steal 3B.
Senior Jacques Palmer scored the 1st run of the game in the 3rd inning after reaching on the 3rd Viking infield hit of the game. He then stole 2B, and was driven home by Lamar’s RBI leader Sophomore Jose Gutierrez giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 3rd. The Colts would threaten on a catcher’s interference and a hit batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd with just 1 out. Llorente would once again battle out of the jam.
A walk to Kelly was all the offense the Vikings could muster in the 4th. Llorente would hit the Colt leadoff hitter (his 3rd of the game). A highly questionable call on a sacrifice bunt gave the Colts runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Arlington finally managed to get a ball out of the infield as Llorente hung a pitch, and the Colt hitter smashed a double to left center scoring a run and tying the score at 1-1. The Colts now had runners on 2nd and 3rd with still only 1 out. Undaunted Llorente would strike out the next 2 batters to end the Arlington threat.
The Vikings would manage a single runner in the inning on a Colt error, but could do nothing to advance him. Junior Kie Lancaster came on to relieve Llorente in the bottom of the 5th. After a lead off infield single, Lancaster would help his own cause. He nabbed a comebacker to the mound, quickly spun and made the throw to Llorente, now at SS, to get the runner at 2B who then made the throw to 1st to complete a very nice double play. Lancaster struck out the next batter to end the 5th.
Llorente would lead off the 6th with a line drive base hit to center. A grounder forced him out at 2B, but not before a nice slide slowed the Colt infielder’s throw to 1st enough to break up a double play. Senior Sean Harcrow entered the game as a courtesy runner. He promptly stole 2B, and advanced to 3B on a ground out. With Harcrow on 3rd the Vikings had 2 outs, but perhaps their hottest hitter in Kelly at the plate. On a 2-2 count the Arlington coach called for a pickoff play, but the throw went wide of the 3rd baseman allowing Harcrow to race home with the go ahead run.
In the bottom of the 6th the Colts got their go ahead runner on for the 5th straight inning, this time via a walk. The runner, however, was quickly wiped out as once again the Vikings turned a Lancaster to Llorente to Gutierrez double play. Lancaster would retire the next batter as the Vikings led 2-1 to the top of the 7th.
The Vikings would go down in order in the top of the frame, bringing the Colts up trying to tie or win it. Lancaster would strike out the first batter, coax a fly ball to right were Junior Eric Dibrell made a nice play on a tough ball, and finally get a ground ball to the right side of the infield that he grabbed and ran to first himself to complete the game. Vikings win 2-1.
Llorente threw 4 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1, hitting 3 batters and striking out 6. Lancaster gets the win throwing 3 innings allowing 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 2.
The Vikings move to 2-2 in district play just a game behind district leaders Arlington, Martin and Paschal. After 4 games of district play it appears that any of 7 teams can knock off anyone else on a given night.
Coming off a nice win over Arlington Bowie, the Lamar Vikings traveled to Fort Worth Paschal in a matchup between two of better teams from District 4-6a. Unfortunately for the Vikings not only did the game not go as hoped, but they also wound up losing ace Senior Brendan Bell for the remainder of the season.
After the Vikings went down in order in the first, Bell went to the mound but clearly things weren’t right from the start. Up to this point in the season Bell had been dominate allowing just 1 earned run through 19 1/3 innings of pitching. Paschal quickly racked up 3 runs on 4 hits to take a 3-0 lead.
Senior Nick Llorente walked to lead off the Viking 2nd, but was stranded at 1B as the next 3 batters went down in order. Bell would face just 2 batters in the bottom of the 2nd when pain in his elbow forced him from the game. Llorente would come on in relief, and ended the inning with a Panther runner stranded at 2B.
In the 3rd Sophomore Shaughn Kelly swinging a hot bat singled to lead off the inning, but would be stranded at 2B. In the bottom of the inning a two out error allowed a Panther, but he was quickly gunned down trying to steal 2B by Senior C William Sutherland.
Neither team would threaten until Paschal’s half of the 5th inning. Junior Kie Lancaster relieved Llorente. With one out a Viking error opened things up for the Panthers. A pair of hits then scored 2 more runs to extend the Panther lead to 5-0. Lancaster was helped by 3 tremendous Viking defensive plays in the inning. Senior 2B Jacques Palmer made not 1, but 2 leaping catches on live drives to rob base hits. Junior RF Eric Dibrell made a tremendous throw from the right center field fence to gun down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double.
The Vikings finally got on the board in the 6th. Lancaster was hit by a pitch, advanced to 2nd on a Panther error, and scored on a single to center by Sophomore Jose Gutierrez. That was all of the offense the Vikings would be able to muster for the rest of the game. In the bottom of the frame Lancaster allowed a one out walk, and the next batter followed with a base hit to right field. On a play where you would never have expected a throw, Dibrell showed off his cannon, and nailed the runner trying to advance to 3B.
The Vikings went down in order in the 7th leaving the final score Paschal 5 – Lamar 1.
Bell takes the loss throwing 1 /23 innings allowing 3 run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 1. Llorente threw 2 1/3 innings allowing no run, hits or walks while striking out 2. Lancaster threw 2 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and 1 walk.
Senior Brendan Bell is a 3 year Varsity starter, but his season has now been cut short. The Viking ace has been one of the hardest workers and a true leader on this Viking team. His absence from the lineup will be sorely missed.
After coming off a heart breaking extra inning loss in the District opener to rival Martin, the Lamar Vikings looked to pick up their first win in District play. Senior Nick Llorente provided the Vikings with a strong pitching performance throwing a complete game 4 hitter for the 4-2 win.
Llorente allowed a first inning walk, but quickly recorded 3 outs to end the Volunteer 1st. Junior Wesley Powell led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, and moved to second on Sophomore Sean Kelly’s line drive single to left field. With one out Llorente was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Senior William Sutherland followed with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Powell. Senior Brendan Bell then followed with another line drive single to left that scored Kelly, and give the Vikes a 2-0 lead after 1.
Looking strong Llorente struck out the side in the 2nd. The only offense the Vikings could muster in the 2nd was another walk to Powell. The only offense for either team in the 3rd was the 2nd walk of the game to the Volunteer leadoff hitter, and for the Vikings was Sutherland being hit by a pitch.
The Volunteers would rally with their first hits of the game in the 4th, as they singled 3 times and scored twice to tie the score at 2-2. The Vikings looked for a big inning in their half of the frame. Senior Jacques Palmer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Junior Eric Dibrell’s sacrifice bunt was thrown wide of 1st by the pitcher, and Palmer raced around the bases to score the lead run while Dibrell wound up safe on second base. Powell was then hit by a pitch, and Kelly followed with a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. A Bowie pitching change proved successful for them as the Vikings would fail to score any more runs in the inning, and finished the 4th with a 3-2 Viking lead.
Llorente would allow a 3rd walk to the Volunteer leadoff hitter, but would shut them down in the 5th. The Vikings put on a pair of runners with a leadoff walk to Sutherland, and Jacques Palmer being hit by a pitch, but failed to score.
The Volunteers were put down in order in the 6th with the help of not 1 but 2 outstanding plays by 2B Jacques Palmer. On the first he ran into the outfield and made a leaping snag of a pop fly for the 1st out of the inning. The next batter hit a hard grounder that had Jacques go hard to his right and down to a knee. He then made a quick throw to nab the speedy Volunteer hitter. The Vikings would add to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. Powell would reach base for the 4th time of the game without putting a ball in play after he was hit by a pitch for the 2nd straight time. After Kelly sacrificed Powell to second, Sophomore Jose Gutierrez pounded a pitch to deep right center for a double that scored Powell, and gave the Vikings a 4-2 lead heading into the 7th.
In the 7th the Volunteers would not go quietly. A leadoff single brought the tie run to the plate. After a strike out, Sutherland caught the Volunteer runner leaning off the bag at 1st, and the Vikings recorded the 2nd out after a run down. Llorente would hit the next batter to keep the Volunteer hopes alive, but Bell nicely played a grounder and gunned the runner out at 1st to end the game.
Llorente records the win throwing 7 innings, allowing 4 walks, 1 HBP while striking out 7. The Vikings record moves to 1-1 on the season, and into a 4-way tie for 3rd place in District 4-6a.
The Lamar Viking Varsity Baseball team came into district play with high expectations after finishing 2nd in district play last year. They were looking to start off the season just like last year by going up a game up on last year’s District Champ Martin Warriors. The Vikings sent ace Senior Brendan Bell to the mound. Bell started off the season strong allowing only 4 unearned runs in 13 1/3 innings of work coming into the game. Martin countered with their ace - LSU commit Eric Walker.
Unfortunately for Bell and Vikings after taking the Martin leadoff hitter to a full count the batter connected on a home run over the left centerfield wall. Bell would then retire the next 3 Warriors in order including striking out 2. In the bottom half of the fame the Viking leadoff hitter Junior Wesley Powell reached on a catcher’s interference. The next three Viking hitters, however, failed to advance Powell past 1st, and the Warriors led 1-0 after 1.
Bell got into a bit a jam in the top of the 2nd with one out he hit a batter and walked another. He was looking strong though, and battled his way out of the jam unscathed. The Martin ace set the Vikings down in order in the bottom of the frame.
Martin kept the pressure on with a two out base hit and a walk, but Bell recorded a strike out to end their 3rd inning threat. The Vikings finally got something going in their half of the 3rd with the help of a pair of Warrior errors to put Senior Johaun Palmer on 2nd and Junior Eric Dibrell on 1st. Sophomore slugger Jose Gutierrez then went the opposite way and put one deep into the left field corner that scored Palmer. As Dibrell followed Palmer toward the plate Martin made a perfect relay to nab Dibrell at home on a bang-bang play. That left the score tied at 1-1 after 3 innings.
A Viking error and sacrifice bunt to lead off the 4th put a Marin runner on 2nd with 1 out, but Bell once again showed his toughness and set down the next 2 Warrior hitters. Bell tried to help his own cause with a 2 out double in the bottom of the 4th, but the Vikings failed to push him home.
Martin continued to keep the pressure on the Vikings in the 5th. The Warriors put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out on a base hit, a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt. Coach Kino then chose to intentionally walk the next Warrior hitter to load the bases and set up the double play. Bell bore down striking out the next batter, and coaxed a soft liner to SS to keep the game tied. Johaun Palmer opened the Vikings half of the inning with a walk, but was doubled off on what looked like an easy stolen base when the batter popped up a bunt. This proved to be a crucial play in the game as Powell followed with a line drive double to the left center gap that would have easily scored Palmer. Powell was stranded at 2nd base, and the game went to the 6th still tied at 1-1.
After Bell struck out the first 2 batters, a Viking error gave the Warriors life. It was quickly wiped out as Bell struck out the last batter he would face in the game. Gutierrez would lead off the Viking 6th with a base hit and would steal 2nd. Bell would later walk in the inning, but the Martin ace would leave both Viking runners stranded.
Senior Nick Llorente relieved Bell in the 7th. After allowing a 2-out walk he quickly got the 3rd out. Heading to the bottom of the 7th Vikings were looking for a walk-off win. After the 1st 2 hitters were retired, Powell reached for the 2nd time in the game on catcher’s interference. The Vikes could not advance him, however, and the game went to extra innings still tied at 1-1.
The Viking defense would prove their downfall in the game. After a lead off Warrior base hit, the next batter put down a sacrifice bunt, but the Vikings were confused on the coverage allowing both runners to reach safely. A sacrifice bunt put runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. The next Warrior hitter was able to push a grounder through the drawn in infield to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead. A Viking error and wild pitch allowed 2 more Warrior runs to score giving the Warriors a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the 8th. After 120 pitches the Warriors finally went to their bullpen. A two out error put a Viking runner on 2nd, but that was all the offense the Vikings could muster.
Final score Martin 4 – Lamar 1.
Brendan Bell looked every bit the ace went 6 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 9, walking 3 and hitting 2 batters. Nick Llorente takes the loss allowing 3 runs (1 earned) throwing 2 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 walk.
For the second day in a row the Vikings were looking to sweep the day only to suffer a disappointing loss. Junior Eric Dibrell got the start for the Vikings against Mansfield Legacy.
Despite a pair of walks in the top of the first Dibrell kept Legacy off the board. The Vikings would then take an early lead in their half of the frame. Senior Jacques Palmer was hit by a pitch, advanced to 2nd on Sophomore Jose Gutierrez’s single to center, and scored on Senior William Sutherland line drive base hit to left.
A Viking error to open the 2nd would prove costly as Summit would take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Shaughn Kelly came on to get the Vikings out of a jam.
Neither team could manage much offense until the Vikings would take back the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Junior Wesley Powell led off with a double, was sacrificed to 3rd by Jacques Palmer, and scored on a double by Gutierrez. Sutherland would then stroke his 2nd hit of the game to score Gutierrez, and give the Vikings a 3-2 lead.
Summit would load the bases in the 4th, but Kelly was able to coax a pop fly to end the inning. The Vikes would waste a leadoff double by Junior Cameron Badillo in the bottom of the frame.
Powell came on in relief for the Vikings in the 5th as Summit managed to tie the game at 3-3. A two out single by Junior Kie Lancaster was the only runner either team could manage over the next inning and a half.
In the top of the 7th Powell made the pitches, but his defense failed him as Summit scored a pair of runs to take a 5-3 lead. The Vikings brought the tie run to the plate after Gutierrez 2-out base hit, but a fielder’s choice ended the game.
The Viking pitchers:
Senior Brendan Bell is looking strong on the mound as he has yet to give up an earned run on the season.
The Vikings got a great start to the game. Junior Wesley Powell lead off with a single to left, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a fly out, and scored on Senior Nick Llorente’s infield hit. Bell retired Trinity in order in the bottom half of the frame, but the highlight was a remarkable catch by Center Fielder Powell at the wall.
Lamar added another run in the 2nd. Senior Jacques Palmer led off the inning with a single to left, but was forced at 2nd on a fielder’s choice by his brother Senior Johaun Palmer. Johaun then stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a dropped third strike, and scored a Powell’s infield hit giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the 2nd. A Viking error gave the Trojans a runner, but Bell kept them off the board.
The Vikings would threaten again in the 3rd as Sophomore Jose Gutierrez led off with a single and Llorente followed with a walk, but that they could do no further damage. Bell would allow a Trojan hit in the bottom half of the inning, but their runner was wiped out as Lamar turned a nice double play.
Jacques Palmer led off the Viking 4th with a single, but the Vikes would not threaten. In the bottom of the inning a Viking error and a walk put a pair Trojan runners on with no outs. The Vikings once again turned a double play, and Senior William Sutherland threw out a would-be base stealer to end the threat.
Neither team could get much going in the 5th. In the 6th William Sutherland doubled, but the Viking courtesy runner was caught trying to steal home to end the inning. The Trojans stroked a lead-off single to start the bottom of the inning, but their runner would be stranded at third as Bell recorded he final out and time expired.
Bell earned his 2nd win of the season in as many starts allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5.
The Vikings played Keller Central in the night cap looking for a sweep on the day. Junior Cameron Badillo got the start for the Vikings.
The Vikes could not take advantage of a leadoff walk by Junior Wesley Powell to start the game. Meanwhile Badillo set KC down in order in the bottom of the inning.
The Vikings grabbed the lead in the top of the 2nd when Senior Brendan Bell led off with a double, advanced to 3rd on Senior William Sutherland’s base hit, and scored on a double play ball. A Viking error in the bottom of the frame proved costly as Keller Central came back to take 3-1 lead.
In the 3rd Lamar put runners on 2nd and 3rd when Junior Eric Dibrell and Senior Jacques Palmer were both hit by pitches and advanced on a wild pitch, but the Vikings could not push any runs across. Badillo kept KC from scoring in the bottom of the 3rd.
After the Vikings could not threaten in the 4th, Keller Central added another run to their lead as Vikes made a costly error. Lamar could not get anything going in the 5th, and despite threatening Badillo kept KC from doing any further damage.
The 6th looked like it was going to be a big Viking inning as the first 3 hitters, Powell, Jacques Palmer and Sophomore Jose Gutierrez, all singled but they could not put any more runs on the board. The Viking reliever allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the inning stretching the Keller Central lead to 6-1.
The Vikings went down in order in the 7th ending a very disappointing game.
Badillo certainly pitched well enough to earn a win going 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 1.
After two disappointing ties in their first two games of their 2nd tournament, the Vikings came back with a nice win to start the 2nd day. Senior Nick Llorente got the start, and looked like an ace.
The Vikings looked to get the early lead in the top half of the 1st, but could not take advantage of base hits by Junior Wesley Powell and Senior William Sutherland. Llorente allowed a base hit in the bottom of the frame, but shut down Summit.
In the top of the 2nd the Vikings put up a four spot, and never looked back. Llorente led off the inning with a walk, advanced to 2nd on another walk to Senior Jacques Palmer, to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a great bunt single by Junior Eric Dibrell. Powell then walked to load the bases. Sophomore Shaughn Kelly’s single to left plated both Palmer and Dibrell. Sutherland added his 2nd hit of the game to score Powell. Llorente put Summit down in order in their half of the inning.
Lamar advanced their lead in the 3rd. Llorente single with one out and stole 2nd base. Summit would boot Senior Johaun Palmer’s grounder allowing courtesy runner Senior Sean Harcrow to score. Dibrell followed with an opposite field double to left to score Palmer running the Viking lead to 6-0.
Llorente continued on with his strong performance once again putting Summit down in order in the 3rd, and allowed only a 2 out base hit in the 4th. Summit finally got on the board in the 5th making the most of a pair of 2 out singles to cut the Viking lead to 6-1.
Going to the 7th Powell would line a one out double in the 6th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and score on Kelly’s sacrifice fly giving the Vikings a 7-1 lead. Llorente would once again retire the Summit batters in order in the bottom of the inning as time expired.
Llorente’s great performance earned him the victory allowing 1 run over 6 innings on 4 hits, walking 0, and striking out 6.
After a disappointing tie in the first game of their double header the Vikes did it again in the second game. Senior Sean Harcrow got the start for the Vikings against Azle.
Azle took an early 1-0 lead in the first making the most of a leadoff single. In the bottom half of the inning Sophomore Jose Gutierrez’s was stranded at 3rd after he tripled deep into the right field corner.
In the second Harcrow would strand a pair of Azle runners, while the Vikings tied the game in their half of the frame. Senior William Sutherland led off the inning with a line drive single to left. With one out Junior Kie Lancaster reached on an error, and Senior Johaun Palmer followed with a base hit to right to score Sutherland.
The Vikings looked as though they had taken control of the game in the 3rd. Walks to Gutierrez, Sutherland, and Senior Nick Llorente loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Gutierrez, and Sutherland would follow him home on Lancaster’s RBI grounder making the score 3-1.
Azle battled back to tie the score in the 4th, but Harcrow managed to get out of a bases loaded jam. Junior Wesley Powell put down a nice bunt single in the bottom of the 4th, but the Vikings could advance him no further. Senior Brendan Bell singled to left in the 5th, but could not advance past 2nd base.
With time winding down in the top of 6th Bell relieved Harcrow with 1 on and 1 out, and retired both batters he faced. The Vikings would go in order in the bottom half of the inning leaving them with their 2nd tie of the day 3-3.
Harcrow threw 5 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 6. Bell threw 2/3 of an inning allowing no run, hits or walks while striking out 1.
In the opener of their second tournament the Viking bats just couldn’t get it going on a rather blustery day. Junior Kie Lancaster got the start, and while he didn’t have his best stuff he battled valiantly to keep his team in the game.
Things looked promising for the Vikings to start the game. With one out Senior Jacques Palmer walked, and Sophomore Jose Gutierrez followed with a double into the right field corner to score Palmer. That was all the offense the Vikings would muster until the 3rd. Boswell put two runners on in both the 1st and 2nd, but Lancaster was able to get the key outs.
The Vikings would tack on another run in the 3rd when Eric Dibrell went the opposite way doubling into the left field corner. Junior Wesley Powell was then hit by a pitch. After Jacques Palmer sacrificed the runners ahead, Jose Gutierrez’s grounder would score Dibrell for his 2nd RBI of the game giving the Vikes a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the 3rd. Boswell would come back to tie it at 2-2 in the bottom half of the frame.
Sophomore Shaughn Kelly’s bunt single was the only offense either team could muster in the 4th. In the 5th Boswell threatened again, but Senior William Sutherland threw out a would-be base stealer, and Senior Nick Llorente and Jacques Palmer turned a nice double play to end the inning.
The game remained tied into the 7th when with 2 out Powell walked and stole second, but the Vikes could not come up with the big hit they needed. Onto the bottom of the 7th and Kelly relieved Lancaster. After getting 2 quick outs Bowell managed to put runners on 1st and 2nd, but Kelly coaxed a pop-out to end the game in a 2-2 tie.
Lancaster pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks. Kelly threw 1 inning allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk.
Senior Brendan Bell has worked hard this past year getting into great shape, and it showed in his first start of the season in a 9-4 Viking victory over Frisco Lone Star. If not for some leaky defense Bell would easily have had a complete game shutout.
After the first 9 batters of the game went down in order, the Vikings took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd. Bell got it going to with single to left. Senior William Sutherland followed with a walk, and Senior Nick Llorente singled to load the bases. A Lone Star error scored courtesy runner Senior Sean Harcrow. Sophomore Shaughn Kelly’s single to center scored courtesy runner Junior Cameron Badillo. Llorente would then score on a wild pitch. A Lone Star error would then allow Kelly to score making it a 4-0 Viking lead after 2.
Bell got the first 2 batters in the top of the 3rd, but a Viking error would lead to 3 unearned runs by Lone Star closing the Viking lead to 4-3. The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the frame with Junior Dylan Lowery and Bell leading off with base hits, but the Vikings failed to score.
The Vikings stretched their lead in the 4th. Kelly led off with a double, and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Junior Eric Dibrell. Junior Wesley Powell was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Kelly would then score on a sacrifice fly by Jacques Palmer. After a walk to Lowery put runners on 1st and 2nd both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Powell would score on a hit by Bell, and Lowery would follow him home on a Lone Star error that also allowed courtesy runner Junior Kie Lancaster to score giving the Vikes an 8-4 lead after 4.
The lead was stretched to 9-3 in the 5th. Senior Johaun Palmer walked, and Kelly singled. The bases were then loaded when Lone Star failed to record an out on a fielder’s choice. Another fielder’s choice by Powell would score Palmer.
In the bottom of the 6th the Vikings threatened again with a leadoff walk to Lowery, and a single to left by pinch hitter Badillo, but the rally ended there.
Bell looked for a complete the game, but another Viking error would lead to Lone Star’s 4th unearned run. Kelly replaced Bell on the mound to record the final out, and complete the Viking victory.
Bell pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing 4 unearned runs on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 7.