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5/4/2010 3:20:00 PM
St. Johns hands Vikings two losses
Despite faltering in last two games of
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Johnson Curry winds up.
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Johnson Curry winds up.
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Gabe Soto pitches against St. Johns during a doubleheader April 27. Despite losing both game, the Vikings advanced to the state playoffs.

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Gabe Soto pitches against St. Johns during a doubleheader April 27. Despite losing both game, the Vikings advanced to the state playoffs.

Ryan Williams
Managing Editor


WILLIAMS - The Williams High School Vikings left their offense at home when they took on St. Johns in a doubleheader April 27 to close out the regular season.

St. Johns came on strong at the top of the first inning scoring four runs. They went on to score two more runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth.

The Vikes' only runs of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when a double from Jonathan Hernandez drove in two runs.

Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said a breakdown in fundamentals led to the 2-13 loss.

"We took a couple of steps back and we just had some untimely issues," he said. "Not hitting the ball, not putting the ball in play. We struck out way too many times in both of those ballgames and once again defensively made some crucial errors here and there and had a few too many walks on the mound. It was kind of a combination of all three things. And, playing a pretty decent St. Johns team."

The second game of the day looked nearly identical to the first.

St. Johns held the Vikes scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when both Dallas Grantham and Raul Aguilar connected for homeruns to put two runs on the scoreboard. The Vikes were held to just six hits while St. Johns steadily knocked in runs to win the game 2-12.

The Vikings end the regular season with a 9-18 record - good enough to head into post-season play seeded No. 20. They took on No. 13 Miami yesterday at 5 p.m. after the News went to press.

On Monday, Echeverria said the Vikings will need to play their best baseball of the year to advance to the second round.

"Miami is down there in southeastern Arizona where they play a lot of baseball so we're going to play some kids that can handle the bat and throw and we'll need to step up," he said. "Once again we haven't seen our best baseball yet. Against Tonapah Valley we played a pretty good ballgame. Still, we could have played a little better offensively. We'll just need to put the ball in play offensively, make good pitches and play good defense behind our pitcher and we'll have an opportunity to win a ballgame and advance to the second round."

Look for playoff results in next week's edition of the News.




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