Viking Baseball splits weekend series with Spokane, Pierce

2019 Vikings Baseball Team photo.
2019 Vikings Baseball Team photo.

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It's been a tough start to the 2019 season for the Big Bend baseball team. 

Mother Nature has seen to it that the Vikings have yet to step foot on their home field with multiple feet of snow covering the dirt and grass beneath. BBCC has canceled eight of its games at home to date, with a hopeful home opener (and NWAC home opener) scheduled in just under two weeks vs Walla Walla. The team's preseason has been a whirlwind of rescheduling at locations with playable fields, mostly on the west side of the state.

This weekend the Vikings were able to find a spot to play at Washington State University in Pullman, WA while the Cougars were on the road at Arizona State. And, after a tough start on Saturday, were able to rebound and pick up two much-needed wins.

Sunday, March 17

Big Bend 3, Pierce 1

Freshman pitcher Ryan Shipley was solid on the mound for the Vikings scattering just a pair of hits while striking out 8 batters and issuing just two walks over 7.1 innings of work and picking up the win — his first of the season. Sophomore Noah Soltero would work the final 1.2 innings giving up just 1 hit and picking up the save.

Freshman Christian Santillanes had 3 hits on the day with Sophomore Tanner Toepke and freshman Matthew Plato (double) each added a pair of hits and an RBI each. BBCC had a total of 10 hits for the game.


Big Bend 2, Spokane 1

Big Bend pulled off its second win of the day in dramatic fashion in extra innings.

After walking the leadoff runner in the top of the 10th inning, the runner stole second and advanced to third on a base hit. However, the Viking pitchers were able to strike out the next two hitters and then get an infield fly ball to end the threat.

In the bottom of the inning, Toepke reached first on an error by the Spokane shortstop, before freshman Nicholas Landa singled to move him to third base, and freshman Tristen Garland followed with a walk-off single to give the Vikings their second win of the day.

Plato and Santillanes both had another good day at the dish with 2 hits each.

The Vikings got another good outing from sophomore starting pitcher Cameron Maciel who went six innings striking out 7 hitters. Maciel got the no-decision with freshman Trey Evans coming into work 3.1 innings of relief and Soltero working the final two outs and picking up the win.


Saturday, March 16

Big Bend 3, Spokane 5

The Vikings led early after a Benjamin Albrecht RBI single in the 3rd, but Spokane used a 4-run seventh inning take a lead they would not relinquish.

On the game, Toepke would pick up 2 hits (including a home run) and Albrecht would grab 3 hits and an RBI with two walks. Sophomore Dylan Miller would drive in the other run with an RBI-double.

Big Bend starting pitcher sophomore Balke Collier got a no-decision after working 4.1 innings with Evans picking up the loss in relief.


Big Bend 9, Pierce 18

In Saturday's second game, Big Bend pitchers gave up 18 runs on 15 hits and issued 9 walks. Sophomore Tanner Van Lith got the loss giving up 6 hits and 7 runs while issuing 4 walks in 2.0 innings of work.

Offensively, Toepke and Plato and solid performances with 2 hits and 2 RBIs each, one of those hits left the yard for Plato. Santillanes and Nainoa Ka'ahannui each picked up doubles, and Albrecht drove in 2 runs.


The Vikings (3-10) next scheduled game is on Wednesday, March 27th at Wenatchee Valley. It will be the conference opener for both teams.