Vikings sweep Treasure Valley, finish regular season this week

If Big Bend can close strong at home against Wenatchee on Wednesday and Blue Mountain on the road on Saturday, the Vikings can earn that third seed out of the East and go to the NWAC tournament for the first time since 2002.
If Big Bend can close strong at home against Wenatchee on Wednesday and Blue Mountain on the road on Saturday, the Vikings can earn that third seed out of the East and go to the NWAC tournament for the first time since 2002.

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD

MOSES LAKE — Cinco de Mayo, Sophomore Day, RBI single, run scored — pick one, it was all good for Big Bend sophomore Daniel Ochoa from Moses Lake.

A year ago, the former Central Washington Spud was the manager for the Viking baseball team. But Big Bend manager Jameson Lange gave him another chance to play some ball and contribute to a team trying to make the NWAC baseball tournament for the first time since 2002. Ochoa, who played for Lange on the American Legion team, got his chance to make a difference in Saturday's sweep over Treasure Valley (11-28, 5-19).

Ochoa stepped into the batter's box to go to work against Chukars right-hander Payton Higgins and drove a fastball back up the middle to score Kyle Tolf. He moved over on a ground ball by Daulton Kvenvold, then scored on a Benny Albrecht single.

The No. 8 Vikings (25-17, 13-11 NWAC East) swept Treasure Valley 8-1 in the opener and 10-2 in the late game to keep their NWAC tournament hopes alive.

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For the Game 1 boxscore CLICK HERE.

For the Game 2 boxscore CLICK HERE.