Midland, TX - Squaring off against the defending TAPPS 6A state champions Midland Christian, the Vikings split their opening district series, losing game one 10-4 and winning game two 7-4. While head coach Joe Weik would have preferred a sweep, winning one on the road will never be a bad thing.
“We have faced our ups and downs in the early part of the season, no doubt, but I am happy to see our guys continue to fight and battle out good at bats,” Weik said. “Hopefully we will start some more consistent at bats as well in other areas in the field as well as on the mound.”
In game one of the series, the Mustangs jumped on the Vikings early in route to putting ten runs on the board. Falling behind early, Isaiah Venegas settled things down on the mound, pitching three innings of shutout baseball. At the plate senior Trey Rowe was 1 for 3 with an RBI single.
Game two, with senior Rowe on the mound leading the way, the Vikings grinded out a 7-4 victory. Rowe went the distance, striking out six, while allowing three earned runs. Rowe also helped himself at the plate, going 1 for 3 with a two RBI double. Santiago Perez also had two hits and two RBIs, while senior Ben Sanchez connected for a triple.
“Getting a split is never a bad thing, we also hope for a sweep, but we know it's a long season, full of ups and downs. We just need to get back to practice, clean up some areas and prepare for Liberty Christian,” Weik concluded.
The Vikings will return to the diamond next week as they head to Liberty Christian for another district series.