Baseball Vikings split slugfests

By Steve Sell
April 09, 2014

LINDSBORG — Pitching was in short supply Tuesday when Smoky Valley and Haven hooked up on the baseball diamond.

The Wildcats outlasted the Vikings 19-18 in the first game, but Smoky Valley returned the favor in the nightcap to earn the split, 21-11.

The first game had wild momentum swings. Haven scored nine runs in the sixth inning  to wipe out a 10-8 Viking lead. In the seventh, down 19-13, the Vikings scored five runs but the rally finally ran out of steam.

Kirk Barnes went 5 for 6 for the Vikings, while other standouts were Austin Lustfield (3 for 5), Christian Hansen (2 for 2), Bradden Bergman (2 for 5) and Andrew McClure (2 for 3). Hansen had a homer, Barnes and Bergman hit triples and Barnes also had two doubles.

In the second game, the Vikings scored six times in both the fifth and sixth innings for the win.

Bergman was 5 for 5, while Jordin Foth was 4 for 5. McClure (3 for 5) and Barnes (2 for 5) chipped in.

Bergman had a triple, while Barnes, Foth and Tim Ruble all had doubles. Ryan Weldy was the winning pitcher.

The Vikings are now 1-3 on the season and go to Pratt on Friday.