Vikings open conference play with sweep of Wenatchee Valley

Photo of the Vikings baseball team congratulating each other in the dugout.

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Big Bend baseball opened its Northwest Athletic Conference season Wednesday night on the road in Wenatchee Valley with a sweep over their East Region rival. The Vikings have now won 4 in a row and are looking forward to this coming Saturday when they will play at home for the first time this season.

 

Big Bend 4, Wenatchee 1

The Vikings got out in front early in the Top of the 2nd inning when Nicholas Landa drove in Chris Santillanes (walk) and Skyler Sadora (single) with a 2-RBI single. Big bend would add insurance runs in the 6th and 8th innings with Trevor Luckey scoring (unearned) and an RBI-double from Dylan Miller that drove in Tanner Toepke who reached base on a wild pitch.

BBCC got a great outing from freshman right-hander Ryan Shipley who worked six innings and scattered 3 hits while striking out 6. Shipley, who improved to 2-1 on the season and is boasting a 1.08 ERA, also issued 5 walks but was able to pitch around the free passes. He was relieved in the 7th by redshirt freshman Trey Evans who struck out 3 hitters and gave up 5 hits to close things out.

 

Big Bend 8, Wenatchee 0

It was all Big Bend in Game 2 with three pitchers combining for the shutout win. Sophomore Cameron Macial got the start working 5 innings and striking out 4, walking 4, and giving up 4 hits in the win. He improved to 2-1 on the season while lowering his ERA to 2.91. Freshman Colin Cortez entered the game in the 6th inning and pitched 3 innings of near-perfect relief (3 SOs and 1 hit) and things were closed out by sophomore Noah Soltero who worked the 9th striking out 1.

Offensively the Vikings took the lead in the 3rd inning when Landa drove in Toepka, who reached on an error,  with an RBI-single. Jayke Chavez added to the BBCC lead in the 6th driving in Matthew Plato, who was hit by a pitch, with an RBI-single. 

The Vikes would extend their lead further in the 8th with back-to-back RBI-singles from Sadora and Chavez and would pick up an unearned run in the 9th before Sadora cleared the bases with a 3-run home run to close out the scoring.

Sadora, Landa, and Chavez each finished with two hits with Sadora driving in 4 runs and Chavez 2.

 

Big Bend (5-11, 2-0) will host Walla Walla (2-14, 0-2) this Saturday. It will be the team's first home game of the season. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.