5/7/2013 10:29:00 AM Vikings stall out in third round of playoffs Williams falls to Desert Christian on just five hits and six errors, finish season with 24-7 record
The 2013 Varsity Vikings include: Joaquin Salaz, Colton Grantham, Coty Baxter, Tyler Walker, Kristian Holmes, Ivan Ruiz, Jorge Martinez, Alexis Soto, Adrian Solano, Damon Alvarado, Julian Zamorano, Kohl Nixon, Garret Pettit, Jeff Brownlee, and Christian Campos. Ryan Williams/WGCN
The Vikings beat Valley Lutheran 7-0 May 3 advancing to the third round of the state playoffs where they lost to Desert Christian 9-3 ending their season.
Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said the Vikings had a good pitching performance against Valley Lutheran from Ivan Ruiz.
"He threw strikes and we played good defense behind him and he struck out six in seven innings," Echeverria said.
The win pushed the Vikes into the next round where they came up against the number four seed, Desert Christian from Tucson, Ariz.
Echeverria said Garret Petit threw a good game, striking out eight and giving up four earned runs.
The Vikes didn't swing the bats well and their defense failed them from time to time. They ended up with six errors and only five hits leaving nine players on base.
"It was a combination of poor defense and poor hitting," Echeverria said. "We struck out at the plate 13 times which is the most all season."
Echeverria gave Desert Christian's pitcher credit for throwing strikes against his players who didn't look very comfortable at the plate.
"It was a disappointing end to what I thought was a good season," Echeverria said. "I think we all had planned to go deeper in the playoffs and getting by that game, with the number one and two seeds losing their games, it had presented an opportunity for us."
Echeverria plans to work on performing in crucial situations with his players over the summer.
"We just don't have many players who step up in clutch situations, whether it's a play on defense that needs to be made or just putting the ball in play," Echeverria said. "That's all you can ask the player to do is hit the ball hard and we can't control if they catch it or not but we can hit the ball hard."
While disappointed, Echeverria said that the Vikings had a good year.
"We finished 24-7. This is the most wins the Vikings have had since back in the early 90s," Echeverria said. "I'm proud of the boys."
The Vikings will lose five seniors, three of whom started for the team but 10 players will be back next year.
The Lady Vikings lost their game 10-0 in five innings.