The Vashon varsity baseball team is turning their attention to their goals for the rest of the season after two losses to Bellevue Christian last week.
The Vikings swept the three game series with the Pirates, just as they did last year, but any gap between the two teams is closing fast.
The game at home against Bellevue Christian, on Tuesday, April 5, remained close for the first half of the contest. Will Frith took the mound for the Pirates, and with some solid defensive plays behind him kept the score to 3-1 going into the fifth.
It was almost a carbon copy of the their first meeting against the Vikings a week earlier, with the same pitchers on the mound for both teams and a close score for most of the game. Once again there were great plays by Chase Bradrick at third, Maxwell Delgado-Williams in center field and Will Weber’s throw down to second, preventing a stolen base.
Bradrick hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth with the bases loaded. Vashon had singles by Delgado-Williams, Frith, Bradrick and two singles by Jack Harvey, but the Pirates were just simply out-hit.
The Vikings had ten hits and after tacking on two more runs in the fifth and sixth, and took a ferry back to the mainland with a 7-1 win, which was closer than the final score implies.
“We knew it was a tough team, and not what we wanted the outcome to be,” said Coach Simon Perrin. “The home game was decent — a lot of infield flies, we kept it close.”
The game the following day was at the Viking’s home field, Marymoor Park. It was close for two innings, and then Bellevue Christian showcased their impressive hitting.
They had ten hits, with eight of them coming in the third inning, combined with two errors by Vashon in the same frame, which quickly put the game out of reach. Taylor Franklin pitched a solid outing for Bellevue Christian, giving up only two hits and one unearned run.
“These are totally winnable games, I thought Hawk [Finn Hawkins] pitched well for what the umps were giving him, but it has to be the right momentum against a team this tough and we didn’t have that,” said Coach Perrin. “If we are gonna have a game where so much is not going our way, I’m glad it was this one which was out of reach early.”
So, it’s on to the rest of the season — and games the Pirates and their coaches feel they have the ability to win.
“We’d like to place top three in the league,” said Coach Perrin. “ That’s our goal now. It would be a great sign of the work the team has put in since last year. And, we are completely capable of doing just that.”
April 18, at home against East Jefferson, at 4 p.m.
April 20, at Charles Wright, at 4 p.m.
April 22, at home against Charles Wright, at 4 p.m.
April 25, at Cascade Christian, at 4 p.m.
April 27, at Klahowya, at 4 p.m.
April 29, at home, a doubleheader against Klahowya, at 4 and 6 p.m.