Vikings open conference play sweeping Blue Mountain

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The Vikings softball team opened up conference play sweeping Blue Mountain on the road Saturday in Pendleton, OR.

Big Bend improved to 8-2 on the season (2-0 East Region) and was scheduled to take on Treasure Valley on Sunday. However, rain pushed that game back to today (Monday).


Big Bend 16, Blue Mountain 1

The Vikings jumped all over the Timberwolves in Game 1 scoring 11 runs in the first two innings. They racked up 16 hits including 3 home runs from freshmen Maya Saneishi, Taryn Mathews and Riley Newbold — the trio would also combine for 10 hits.

Mathews would finish the early game 4-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBIs and 2 doubles. Saneishi and Newbold (double and 3 RBIs) would each finish with 3 hits.

Freshman Hanna Reid (double) and sophomore Bailey Christensen (3 RBIs) would each finish the day 2-for-3 at the plate with Christensen also going the distance on the mound.

The right-hander scattered 6 hits over 5 innings of work while striking out 5-of-20 batters that she faced.


Big Bend 7, Blue Mountain 4

The late game was a little bit closer as the Vikings would again jump out to an early 5-1 lead after 3 innings of play. The Timberwolves would claw back scratching out runs in the 4th and 5th innings, but the Vikings would add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the 7th and allow only one more run in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win.

Freshman Alyssa Ray threw all 7 innings holding Blue Mountain at bay with 4 strikeouts and only issuing 2 walks for the W.

Big Bend didn't have any bombs in the second game but instead did their damage on the strength of 7 doubles. Reid (2 doubles & 2 RBIs), Maddie Bowles (2 doubles & 2 RBIs), Mathews (double & RBI), Aubree Barney (double & RBI), and Newbold (double & RBI) each powered the BBCC offense to its second win of the day.

The Vikings will make up their Sunday washout with Treasure Valley this afternoon (Monday) at the College of Idaho. Games are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m.