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4/27/2010 2:31:00 PM
Three win week for Vikings ball teams
Vikings climb to No. 17 with big wins after tough loss to Sedona
Ryan Williams/WGCNGabe Soto faces off against a Sedona batter April 20.
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Gabe Soto faces off against a Sedona batter April 20.

Ryan Williams
Managing Editor

WILLIAMS - After taking a beating against Sedona last week, the Vikings put together two wins and benefited from a forfeit to move up in the AIA standings to No. 17.

Head Coach Phillip Echeverria said the Vikes played the same kind of game they've played all season against Sedona April 20 at home.

"It was kind of the same as what's been going on throughout the year," Echeverria said. "Not very good defense and we didn't come out hitting the ball very well."

Errors in the field combined with just seven hits led to a 6-18 loss when the game was called in the fifth inning.

Raul Aguilar led the Vikes with three hits and one RBI. Dallas Grantham, Alex Soria and Jonathan Hernandez all had one hit and one RBI.

The first win of the week for the Vikes came when Rough Rock forfeited on Friday.

In what would have been the second game of the day on Friday, the Vikings took on Tonapah.

"We probably played one of our better games of the season," Echeverria said. "The weather probably helped us being that we're from up here. We came out and did a good job pitching and did a good job swinging the bats."

At the end of one inning, the score was tied at

1-1. The Vikings' bats came alive in the second inning, knocking in six runs.

Both teams were unable to score through the next three innings until the Vikes put another run on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning.

Tonapah answered with one run in the bottom of the seventh inning with the final score 8-3 in the Vikings' favor.

Coming off a solid win, the Vikings took on Valley-Sanders at home on Saturday.

Echeverria said Valley-Sanders played a tough game against the Vikings.

"They played good defense against us," Echeverria said. "We hit the ball but just hit it right at them."

In a tight game, a triple from Darius Brown in the fifth inning sent the winning run across home plate giving the Vikes a 2-1 win.

Echeverria said pitching was key to the Vikings success.

"We got a good pitching performance on the hill and played good defense behind him," he said.

The Vikings are now

9-16 for the season and 6-10 in power point games.

With the wins, the Vikings moved up in the rankings to No. 17. Echeverria said the Vikes will likely advance to the state playoffs although most teams in the 2A division still have games to play before the standings are finalized.

"There are still quite a few games to be played by everybody," Echeverria said. "Everybody has got at least one if not three or four games left. There is going to be some movement throughout the seeding process."

The Vikings junior varsity team wrapped up their season on Saturday with a 10-0 win against Valley Sanders. They end the year with an overall record of 10-3.

"They did a good job," Echeverria said. "They played a lot of the 1A schools' varsity teams, so they played well."

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