By Dave Pearce
All’s well that ends well and the North Posey baseball Vikings proved that to be true this week as they shook off a strong pitching performance at Gibson Southern early in the week and bounced back to win a pair of Pocket Athletic Conference games later in the week, as well as a one-sided affair against yet another team from the Big Eight.
On a night when the Vikings were not sure they would even play baseball because of the incredible amount of rain in the area the first of the week, the Vikings fought of a few raindrops early to get the game in. However, they were never able to solve the riddle t
hat was Titan pitcher Dillan Whitten as he held the Vikings to only one hit in the complete game shut-out for a 9-0 Vikings loss.
The game was tight for the first few innings as senior Viking hurler Collin Wood fought his way out of trouble time after time. But no matter how well he would have pitched, the end result would not have mattered as the Vikings were simply unable to get anything going on offense.
Meanwhile, the Titans scored nine runs on 12 hits, including two home runs as Wood took his first loss of the season and Dylan Wright relieved.
“Good pitching beats good hitting any day,” Viking coach Darrick Wiggins said summarizing the contest. “Today, Dillan Whitten was that good pitcher.”
The Olney Central signee was bringing the heat and the Vikings could not seem to catch up. Michael Bender ended Whitten’s no hitter in the third inning.
The Vikings ended up striking out eight times to go along with the three walks and one batter hit by a pitch.
This game was also moved back one day because of the rain that moved through over the weekend.
But the remainder of the week, the Vikings put the past behind them and made a successful week out of it, defeating two good PAC teams in Tecumseh and Tell City.
The Vikings outscored the Braves 6-4 as they collected 10 hits but committed too many errors to please their coach. Tecumseh’s four runs came on only four hits.
Zack Carl got the win and Dylan Wright the save.
The Vikings jumped out in front with some timely hits, scoring three runs in the first.
“But we turned around in the second inning and committed two errors and two wild pitches to let the Braves back into the game, with four runs of their own,” Wiggins said dejectedly.
However, the Vikings would rally in the fourth to score one and the game stayed tied up into the seventh inning in Lynnville.
In the top of the seventh inning with two outs, and the bases loaded, pinch hitter Dalton Rankin hit a ground ball that went through the legs of two Brave defenders allowing two runs to score.
Dylan Wright stopped the Braves in the bottom half for the save.
Derek Lindauer was a terror at the plate, going 3-for-4 while James Marshall was 1-for-3, Christian Jones was 1-for-4, Reed Gerteisen was 2-for-2, Motz was 1-for-3, Wright was 1-for-3, and Griffin Wiethop was 1-for-3.
The Vikings literally ‘opened a can’ on the Mount Carmel Golden Aces this week, scoring 19 runs on 16 hits and only one Mount Carmel error and shutting out the Illinois team on six hits.
Christian Jones got the win while James Marshall came in relief.
The Vikings had a very good day at the plate.
“The boys did a very good job of hitting the balls that they could handle today,” Wiggins said of his Vikings. “There were a lot of hits scattered throughout the line-up, led by Bo Cox’s home run in the second inning.”
But perhaps the most impressive win of the week came against Tell City on Saturday.
The Marksmen have been formidable opponents all season long and the win was a conference win as well as a win against a team the Vikings could see again in their sectional.
The Vikings scored eight runs on ten hits while holding Tell City, a good-hitting team, to only three runs on eight hits.
Lindauer got the win with help from Jones who came in late in the game.
“The Vikings had a very good day and came away with the win against a very good team,” Wiggins said after the game. “Tell City has a very talented ball club and has a line-up that can hit the ball as well as anyone we play.”
Derek Lindauer pitched a gutsy game where his command of hitting spots wasn’t there but he continued to keep their hitters off balance,” Wiggins continued. He also helped himself by hitting two doubles and a three-run home run.
Christian Jones came in the sixth inning and pitched in relief for the next two innings. Others Vikings who contributed offensively included Marshall, who was 2-for-4, Cox who was 2-for-3, Jones who finished 1-for-3, Weithop, who finished 1-for-3, besides Lindauer, who finished the day 3-for-4.
For the year, Zach Carl leads the team with three wins and no losses while Collin Woods is 3-1, Christian Jones is 2-3, Lindauer is 1-3, and Dylan Wright is 0-1.
Offensively, the Vikings are led by Lindauer, hitting at a .421 clip and Jones, batting .406. Reed Gerteisen is hitting .369 while Marshall is hitting .333, Wiethop at .290, and Motz at .281.