CENTER—First place in the Southern Peaks League is held by the Center Vikings as they swept a double header from the Sargent Farmers here at Center’s Community Park on Saturday. A walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Center win the first game, 7-6 before they got a 13-3 runrule victory in six innings in the second game.
With the wins the Vikings are now 9-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the SPL. The Sargent Farmers sit at 7-2 overall and are tied with the Del Norte Tigers with a 3-2 SPL record. The Tigers and Farmers will meet in the final weekend of the season. In the first game, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead where they led 4-1 . The lead did not last long though as the Farmers scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead.
The inning started with a strikeout by senior Jose Luis Macias, however, the ball escaped the grasp of the catcher allowing the batter to reach first base. “From there we gave up two hits, had a play at first and they capitalized on the mistakes,” said Center Head Coach Lloyd Garcia. “We didn’t shut them out like we were supposed to.”
The Vikings battled back in the bottom of the sixth inning as they got runners to second and third before getting a key hit to tie the game. Neither team was able to score until the bottom of the ninth inning where the bases were loaded and walk was captured to push across the gamewinning run.
“Both pitchers pitched good games,” said Garcia of the performances.
The Farmers had Nate Ramirez on the hill and he allowed six runs before the coaching staff decided to pull him in the eighth inning. As a pitching staff, the Farmers gave up 11 hits six hits and hit two batters. They did get 14 strikeouts on the day.
Macisas was the winning pitcher for the Vikings as he gave up five earned runs on ten hits, and five walks and three hit batsmen. He gave up five extra base hits, four doubles and one triple but he did get 12 strikeouts. According to MaxPreps, Garcia selected freshman Avel Martinez as the Player of the Game. “Martinez scored three times and had three hits and was a major contributor to our win,” he wrote. He was 3-for-5 on the day with a triple, double and RBI.
Junior Joshua Arellano had a good day in the leadoff position as he was 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and two walks in six plate appearances. Sophomore Alex Stiens got the fifth RBI for the team.
The second game was all Center as Alex Stiens gave up single runs in the first, second and fifth innings but it wasn’t enough to fight off the offensive show the Vikings had.
They scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning before adding four runs in the bottom of the fourth and got a walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 13-3 win. Stiens got the win as he allowed one earned run on five hits, three of which were doubles, one hit batter and two walks. He did get seven strikeouts.
The Sargent pitchers allowed the 13 runs on 11 hits, 11 walks and two hit batsman. They were only able to get five strikeouts.
Senior Servando Moreno was named as the Player of the Game by Coach Garcia. “Moreno was a triple shy of a cycle as he had two RBIs and a home run,” wrote Garcia.
Arellano was 2-for-4 for the Vikings with three runs scored and three RBIs.
The Vikings return to action on Tuesday when they take on the Monte Vista Pirates in a neutral field contest at Adams State University.