Baseball Vikes, Hillsboro split wild games

By Steve Sell
April 02, 2016

HILLSBORO – It was either great offense by both teams on Friday or really bad pitching.

Smoky Valley and Hillsboro hooked up for a baseball doubleheader and the teams wound up combining for a staggering 76 runs in the two games, which wound up being split.

In Game 1, the Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a walk-off 16-15 victory. Hillsboro led 6-1 early, but the Vikings scored nine times in the fifth, only to see the Trojans come back with six in the bottom of the inning.

Brett Heitschmidt led the Vikings by going 3 for 4, including a triple, and driving in five runs. Ross Schrag added two hits. 

The second game was nothing short of amazing. The Trojans scored 11 runs in the first inning to take an 11-1 lead, but persistent Smoky Valley chipped away and wound up taking a 23-22 victory.

The Vikings scored six runs in the fifth and seven in the sixth, but it was the two in the seventh that were the most important because Hillsboro scored five times in the bottom of the seventh before the rally finally was snuffed out.

Ty Campbell had two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Vikings. Heitschmidt and Ryan Weldy added two hits.

Ben Weldy was the winning pitcher.

The Vikings are now 2-2 and host Nickerson on Tuesday.