SEDONA, Ariz. - The Williams Vikings baseball team followed its season opening tournament championship in Gila Bend with a 6-3 regular season win against the Red Rock Scorpions in Sedona on March 5.
The Lady Vikings softball team was unable to do the same. The Lady Vikes lost 10-5 against the Red Rock Lady Scorpions in Sedona the same day.
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead over the Scorpions with the help of solid hitting and strong base running. The Vikings scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the third inning and three runs in the fourth. Williams led 6-0 after four innings.
With the exception of a three-run sixth inning by Red Rock, senior Garret Pettit pitched a consistent overall game and kept the Scorpions' batters at bay most of the afternoon. Pettit finished with an ERA of 2.00 and pitched a complete game to earn the win. Pettit struck out nine batters and gave up seven hits, six singles and one double.
The Vikings defense came together as a team and was able to get out of almost every inning without Red Rock scoring a run.
Junior Joaquin Salaz went 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs and one walk. Junior Jorge Martinez went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base. Senior Adrian Solano went 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Junior Kohl Nixon went 1-for-3 with one walk, a stolen base, and one run scored. Pettit went 1-for-3 from the plate with two stolen bases and a run scored.
After a scoreless first inning for the Lady Vikings and Lady Scorpions softball game, the action picked up quickly in the second. Williams scored two runs in the top of the second inning, only to be outdone by Red Rock scoring four runs in the bottom of the second.
The Lady Vikings put two more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning, and then held strong on defense in the bottom of the fourth to keep the game tied at 4-4.
But Red Rock's offense in the fifth and sixth innings proved too much for the Lady Vikes. Red Rock scored three runs in both innings. Williams could only muster one more run in the sixth.
The Red Rock Lady Scorpions showed their excellent base running skills and high on base percentage by scoring 10 runs while only getting six hits all game. The Lady Vikings scored five runs and tallied seven hits for the game.
Both the Vikings and Lady Vikings have their regular season home openers today at Williams High School. Williams plays host to the Northland Preparatory Academy Spartans from Flagstaff today at 2 p.m.
The Williams junior varsity baseball team plays the Winslow Bulldogs away this Thursday at 3:30 p.m., and then returns home for a double-header against the Bagdad Sultans on March 19 at noon and 2 p.m.
The Williams junior varsity softball team plays host to Bagdad on March 19 for a double-header as well. The Lady Vikings' JV team plays Bagdad at noon and 2 p.m.