WILLIAMS - The Vikings entered the state playoffs coming off a difficult regular season but, playing some of their best baseball of the year, were able to shut down Miami in the first round, earning an 8-4 win.
Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said Miami was a tough opponent.
"Miami was a quality team and they won some games down there in their league," he said.
The Vikings gave up one unearned run in the first inning on a throwing error but held Miami scoreless into the sixth inning when Miami put one run on the scoreboard and then two more in the seventh inning.
The Vikings' offense fell into a groove in the second half of the game with a combined 10 hits. The Vikings scored two runs in the second inning. They went on to score one run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the seventh inning.
Echeverria said Jonson Curry put together a solid pitching game to back up the Vikes' offensive performance.
"We got an outstanding pitching performance," he said. "He was around the plate pretty much the whole entire game. We did have three errors in the game but we kind of pitched around those errors and played solid defense around them."
The Vikes took on fourth seed Camp Verde in the second round.
The Vikes started the game out strong scoring two runs in the top of the first inning.
"Things were looking kind of good," Echeverria said.
In the bottom of the first, The Vikes walked a batter and allowed Camp Verde to score one run. After two outs, a Camp Verde batter connected for an in the park home run making the score 5-2 in Camp Verde's favor at the end of the inning.
"The kids kind of got down on themselves and we never really recovered from that," Echeverria said.
The Vikes committed six errors, walked nine batters and hit two batters.
"It's tough to compete with a quality team when that happens," Echeverria said.
The Vikings eventually fell to Camp Verde 19-6 in five innings.