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Vikings win all five at North Crowley

Crowley, TX - Early season tournaments are always a good way for teams and coaches to judge their strengths and weaknesses. Facing non-district opponents, quality ones for that matter, can expose all the positives and negatives of a program. Facing five public schools over a three day period, the Vikings came away with five wins, but more importantly continued to improve as they began their quest for another district championship.

Game one of the tournament, the Vikings defeated Irving 10-2. The Vikings scored three runs in the first, one run in the second, two runs in the third and four more runs in the fourth inning to complete the opening game victory. Emily Johnston led the offensive attack, knocking in two runs, while Makena Uranga scored three times. Johnston was also the winning pitcher for the Vikings.

Friday started off with a matchup vs Bowie. The Vikings would collect 16 hits in route to a 8-3 victory. Emmy Hornick, Kaylee Cox, Lauren Cademartori, Damaris Saldivar, Mallory Laux and Uranga each had two hits. Uranga led the way in the pitchers circle striking out eight over five innings of work.

Game three of the tournament, the Vikings defeated Arlington 7-4. Brooklyn Bennett was a star at the plate for her team, going 3 for 3, with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored. Uranga and Cademartori also had two hits. Uranaga won her second game of the day, finishing the last three innings for the Vikings.

With two games left to play in the tournament Saturday afternoon, the Vikings defeated Irving MacArthur 6-1 and Duncanville 10-2.

Against Irving MacArthur, Johnston led the way at the plate going 3 for 3, knocking in two runs. Bennett also continued her hot streak with a double and another triple. Uranga struck out five on her way to another season victory.

The final game of the tournament, the Vikings jumped on Duncanville with two runs in the first inning followed by four more runs in each the third and fourth innings. Once again Bennett led the Vikings offensive onslaught with three more hits, including an RBI double. Johnston was the winning pitcher, winning her second game of the weekend.

After a successful weekend the Vikings will now turn their attention to district play. The Vikings will travel to Liberty Christian to start their quest for a third consecutive district championship.


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