WILLIAMS - It's been a slow start for the Vikings baseball program this season but the bats are starting to come alive in the nick of time.
With just five games remaining in the regular season, last week's wins against Grey Hills and Many Farms place the Vikes on the bubble for post-season play.
The Vikes dominated in their win against Grey Hills April 13. After the first inning the score was tied at 1-1. The Vikes held Grey Hills scoreless in the top of the second before coming alive in the bottom of the inning putting 13 points on the board.
The Vikes held Grey Hills scoreless through five innings before the game was called due to the ten run rule, winning 21-1.
The Vikings next traveled to Many Farms April 16 for a doubleheader. The Vikings continued their success at the plate with two commanding wins, 11-0 and 17-2.
Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said a playoff appearance could be in the cards.
"I think that jumped us up to possibly making the state playoffs," he said, "There are still quite a few games left that everybody has got to play."
The Vikings are now 3-9 in power point games with a 6-15 overall record.
The top 24 teams in the division move on to post-season play. The Vikes are currently ranked 24. With three games this week and two more next week before state play offs, Echeverria said the Vikings are in a must win situation.
"Being indoors the first month of the season, I'm hoping we're playing our best baseball here in the next four weeks," he said. "It's been a tough year. As coaches we tried to make some corrections and adjustments. It's just having to repeat it time and time again. The kids just haven't caught on to what we're trying to get out of them."
After two pre-season tournaments, the Vikings found themselves with a demanding schedule from the get-go, facing tough baseball schools like Chino Valley, Wickenburg and Sedona.
"We have obviously played a tough schedule," Echeverria said. "We played some good teams and some teams that weren't so good in the tournaments. I thought we should have been around .500 or a little above .500 in our two tournaments and we weren't. We lost some games I think we shouldn't have lost."
Echeverria said he had hoped the Vikes would compete with some of their 3A competition but that the fundamentals still dog his players.
"I think I've said in the past, you have to hit, play defense and pitch and we haven't done any of those very well," he said. "I think we're starting to learn some things and catch on to stuff. Hitting wise, we're beginning to hit the ball a little better."
The Vikings face both Rough Rock and Tonapah Valley at home Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m. They take on St. Johns Tuesday at home at 1:00 p.m.