Big Bend offense goes cold in Spokane; Vikes drop to 4th place

Vikings drop two games on the road to Spokane. Next game is Saturday against Columbia Basin College.

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Big Bend baseball made the trip to Spokane on Wednesday but left their offense back in Moses Lake. The Vikings managed just 9 hits and 3 runs in the doubleheader and dropped two pivotal Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) East Region games to the Bigfoot.

Big Bend 3, Spokane 4

Spokane jumped out early with 3 runs in the first inning and added another early in the 5th before Kyle Adams relieved starting pitcher Cameron Maciel after 4.1 innings of work. Adams would work the final 3.2 innings scoreless, shutting down the Bigfoot hitters.

Big Bend finally got on the scoreboard in the 6th courtesy of a 3-run dinger from designated hitter Derek Almanza, but it would be all of the offense the Vikings could muster. The Spokane pitchers allowed just 6 total hits in the game.

Big Bend 0, Spokane 3

Big Bend's Game 2 pitchers threw the ball well enough to win. Hayden Knight got the nod for his first start of the season and gave up just 3 hits and 2 runs in 4.2 innings of work. He was relieved by Colin Cortez who gave up 3 hits a 1 run in 1.1 innings of work, followed by Trey Evans who tossed two scoreless innings and struck out 3 hitters to close things up.

At the plate, the Vikings managed just 3 hits on the game and were unable to take advantage of 4 Spokane errors or the 4 walks issued by the Bigfoot pitchers.

The Vikings (13-9) have their work cut out for them over the final three series of the regular season. They face Columbia Basin College on Saturday and the Hawks (14-8) come to BBCC with a slight edge in the NWAC East standings.

They will close things out on the road next week traveling to NWAC East Region-leading Yakima Valley (16-6) on Wednesday (May 8) and Treasure Valley (5-15) on Saturday (May 11).

The Vikings are currently in the fourth and final playoff spot in the east, with Walla Walla (11-9) right on their heels. The Warriors do still have a series left with Yakima Valley, but they also have two series remaining with Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley who are in the bottom half of the standings.