Vikes split with first-place Yakima on the road

Vikings split with Yakima Valley Wednesday improves their postseason outlook.

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The Vikings faced one of the NWAC's most effective pitchers in Game 1 Wednesday on the road in Yakima on a day when he had his best stuff. Alec Gomez (8-1) threw eight strong innings and struck out 8 Big Bend batters en route to a 4-2 win. But the Vikings would rebound in Game 2 to earn the split rallying from a 3-run deficit to pick up a much-needed win, 5-4.

Big Bend 2, Yakima 4

Gomez's 8 strikeouts brought his total to 104 on the season and he spread out 5 Big Bend hits over his 8 innings of work. The Yaks overcame 3 errors to get the W. The Vikings were trailing 4-0 after 6 innings before Tristen Garland drove in a run on an error by the Yakima shortstop. Derek Almanza would add a solo home run in the 8th inning to cap off the BBCC scoring.

 Jayke Chavez was the only Vikings hitter with multiple hits and he also scored one of the Big Bend runs.

Cameron Maciel (3.2 innings) and Noah Soltero (4.1 innings) combined for a good effort on the mound for BBCC each giving up just 4 hits and 2 runs during their stint — one of those hits each was a solo home run.

Big Bend 5, Yakima 4

A 3-run double staked YVC to a 4-1 lead in the third inning, but the Vikings chipped away and held the Yaks scoreless from there out. Kyle Adams got the start for the Vikings and worked 2.2 innings giving up all 4 of the Yakima runs and walking 4 hitters. Big Bend then platoon-styled its way through the rest of the game with Jordan Moreno (1.1 innings), Colin Cortez (3.0 innings), and Hayden Knight (2.0 innings) combining to hold the Yaks scoreless the rest of the way. The trio would allow just one hit and struck out 9 batters in the joint effort.

Jayke Chavez would get the Vikings on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning with a solo homer and Christian Santillanes would rip a 2-run single in the 4th scoring Tristen Garland and Skyler Sadora.

Jayke Chavez would come up big again in the 8th inning driving in what would be the eventual winning run scoring Christian Santillanes with an RBI-single.

There are still a few things up in the air in the Northwest Athletic Conference's East Region. Spokane (19-7) currently has a one-game lead over Yakima (18-8) and a two-game lead over Columbia Basin (17-9). Big Bend is (15-11) is currently holding on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the East with Walla Walla (12-12) in the fifth position.

The Vikings close out there season on the road Saturday at Treasure Valley. They split with the Chukars back on April 18th. A sweep of Treasure Valley would guarantee them the final playoff spot in the East. 

Big Bend would also clinch if Walla Walla loses one of its remaining four games — two with Yakima Valley and two with Treasure Valley.