By Richard Mejia / Staff Writer
Bouncing back from a tough loss against Mt. San Antonio, the Vikings were able to come from behind and edge out Los Angeles Harbor College, 9-8, on Tuesday ,April 7.
For the first time this season,the Vikings were able to secure a comeback victory, and in the usual fashion, it was a high-scoring game. Sophomore pitcher Michael Ostrea (1-1) picked up the win as he gave up two hits and struck out one.
It was the hitting, however, that managed to seal the game for the Vikings as the efforts of sophomore outfielder Ryan Dickison with 2 RBIs, and freshman shortstop Michael Thomas, 3 hits, managed to spark the offense. The Vikings are now at .500 with a 13-13 overall record, while boasting a 10-5 record in conference play.
Coach Casey Crook said, “We’re still alive for the playoffs, but our pitchers have to step up. We have a good team full of a bunch of supportive guys so I can see them pulling together late.”
In regard to the remaining games, freshman first baseman Jordan Ybarra said, “We have to keep playing good baseball. We can compete with anyone. We just have to keep the right attitude.”
In addition to their efforts on the field, the Vikings had three players recognized for their efforts in the classroom. Sophomore pitchers Nick Wood, Sean Hale and first baseman Nolan Flashman were named to the California Community College Baseball Coach’s Association Academic All-State team.
Crook said, “They’re good students who are highly motivated, responsible and very coachable.”
With nine games left in the season, the Vikings started their three-game series against East Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 8 with a 3-1 loss. Their next games are at 2:30 April 10 and Saturday April 12 at noon versus East Los Angeles.