New Orleans, LA - A trip a few years in the making came to fruition for the Vikings this past weekend for the Vikings baseball program. The opportunity to travel to New Orleans as a program, compete against quality programs from another state, as well grow the faith all members will only have a lasting, positive impact.
The first game the Vikings squared off against Ascension Episcopal. Thanks to a walk off RBI single by Santiago Perez the trip started off on the right foot for the visitors, winning 5-4. Devon Ashcraft and Josh Leigh each had extra base hits as well.
In the night cap on night one, Oklahoma Wesleyan signee Ben Sanchez pitched five innings of shutout baseball, striking five leading the Vikings to an 8-3 win over Harrison Central. Sophomore Nolan McClure had two doubles to lead the lineup.
The final game of the three game trip, the Vikings faced defending state championships Jesuit. In a battle between two well coached, prepared squads, the home team beat the Vikings 4-2. The pitching combination of Nate Hall and Trey Rowe, who each pitched three innings a piece kept the Vikings in the game. Rowe also led the Vikings at the plate, knocking in a run early in the contest.
“I’m very pleased with our performance over the weekend. Our boys are learning how to compete and making progress in all areas. There are some teachable moments we as the coaching staff will address, as we continue to make strides,” head coach Joe Weik said.
Along with playing three games, the Vikings participated in mass for three days and had daily prayer services while staying at the St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College.
“Being able to get away from campus for a few days allows everyone on the team to get to know each other better and eliminate distractions,” Weik finished.
The Vikings will be back in action next weekend, competing in the Drew Medford Memorial Tournament. Tournament games will be played at Aledo and Arlington Heights High School.