Vikings clinch playoff berth for first time in 15 years

Big Bend Community College Baseball returns to the Northwest Athletic Conference Playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Big Bend Community College Baseball returns to the Northwest Athletic Conference Playoffs for the first time since 2002.

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend first-year manager Jameson Lange doesn't lose track of any given situation during the course of a ballgame. His attention to detail and game awareness makes him a player's coach through and through.

But Wednesday afternoon he lost track of one basic fundamental when a team secures a playoff spot for the first time in 15 years. Assistant Ryan Doumit pointed to the fence as the team gathered in short left field after sweeping Wenatchee Valley 4-2 in the opener and 3-1 in the late game.

Lange's gaze diverted just long enough for the guys to swoop in with the Gatorade jug and douse the first-year skipper and let loose one last blast of joyous noise at the Big Bend field for one last time this season.

The Vikings (27-17, 15-11 NWAC East) dropped out of the NWAC Coaches Poll in May but secured their place in the NWAC cross region tournament.

They still have a doubleheader with Blue Mountain on Saturday, but they're in the tournament no matter what the seed.

For the complete story, visit the Columbia Basin Herald website HERE.

For the Game 1 boxscore CLICK HERE.

For the Game 2 boxscore CLICK HERE.

For the current NWAC standings CLICK HERE.