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4/9/2013 10:56:00 AM
Vikes 18-4 after wins against Northland Prep and Camp Verde
Williams wins one, loses one against Camp Verde in double header, walks to blame for 15-10 loss
Vikings catcher Cory Baxter looks to tag out a Cowboy player at home on April 2. Below Jorge Martinez pitches against Camp Verde. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Vikings catcher Cory Baxter looks to tag out a Cowboy player at home on April 2. Below Jorge Martinez pitches against Camp Verde. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Vikings player Damon Alvarado is safe at first base at a home game against Camp Verde on April 2. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Vikings player Damon Alvarado is safe at first base at a home game against Camp Verde on April 2. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Katherine Locke
Williams-Grand Canyon News

The Williams Vikings won one (8-7) and lost one (15-10) in a double header against Camp Verde on April 2.

Camp Verde is a pretty decent ball team, Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said.

"We came out and gave them one run in the first inning but we answered with two," he said.

The Vikings gave up six runs to the Cowboys in the second inning on three hits and three errors. The Vikings walked two batters as well.

"The walks kinda hurt us," Echeverria said. "We walked seven people throughout that game. We were all around the strike zone in the game, we just couldn't get in the air."

The umpires made questionable calls for both teams. Echeverria said the homeplate umpire was consistent but had a smaller strike zone.

The Vikings were down 7-2 after the first inning but scored four in the second to make it 7-6. They gave up three runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth inning.

"When we gave up three we had an error, when we gave up four we had three errors," Echevverria said. "Defensively when they put the ball in play we weren't setting up and making plays."

Offensively, the Vikings swung the bat well to put the ball in play.

"When you score 10 runs you anticipate getting a win," Echeverria said. "But we gave up 15 to them."

The second game went better for the Vikings, Echeverria said.

"The umpire had a bigger strike zone, can't really say better, but a bigger strike zone and that just makes the game go quicker," Echeverria said.

The Vikings came out swinging the bat. They got three runs in the first, and didn't give up any runs to the Cowboys. But in the second inning, the Vikings gave up four runs and answered with two to make the score 5-4. They got two more runs in the fourth to pull ahead 7-4. The Cowboys added a run in the third, fifth and sixth innings to even it up 7-7 going into the seventh inning.

Adrian Solono hit a single and stole second base. Jorge Martinez followed with a walk. There were two outs when Kohl Nixon singled to right to drive in the winning run.

"Garret Pettit pitched a heck of a game," Echeverria said. "We only had one error. Defensively it was a much better game for us."

The Vikings won both games of a double header against Northland Preparatory Academy April 4 (15-4) and (13-3). They were each five-inning games.

"We came out swinging the bat well," Echeverria said. "We got two solid pitching performances from Ivan Ruiz in the first game and Joaquin Salaz in the second game.

The Vikings pitchers threw strikes, letting their defense work.

"Northland Prep was a couple rankings ahead of us for powerpoints so it was definitely two wins we needed," Echeverria said.

The Vikings are currently 9-2 in the powerpoint rankings and 18-4 overall.

They play a double header against Chino Valley Thursday in Chino Valley.


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