By Will Ranos/Sports Editor
The Vikings had a short stint in baseball’s SoCal Regional Playoffs, getting swept in a best-of-three-series by the Orange Coast Pirates, 18-3 and 3-2.
In the first game of the series Friday, May 1, at LBCC’s Joe Hicks Memorial Field, the Vikings started with pitcher Evan May giving up three hits and one run through the first three innings, according to the Viking’s athletics website. The fourth inning is when the big scoring started for Orange Coast and wouldn’t stop until the last inning. The Pirates scored 17 runs on 17 hits in the final six innings. As a team, Orange Coast had a batting average of .426.
The Pirates paired that batting average with solid pitching from Art Vidrio, who held the Vikes scoreless until the seventh inning. As a team the Vikings had a batting average of .200.
LBCC sophomore shortstop Michael Thomas, said, “Pitching wasn’t as strong as it has been and hitting wasn’t there for us. They are a good hitting team.”
After their 15-run loss Friday, the Vikings came back to play a closer game the next day.
Through six innings the Vikes were winning, 2-1. LBCC had a similar batting average to Friday’s with a .212 average, but they brought down Orange Coast’s to .320.
Even though sophomore pitcher Julian Griego had a sound outing, he and the Vikings gave up two runs in the seventh and eighth innings, giving Orange Coast a 3-2 victory in game two.
The Vikes’ season is over now after their playoff loss. They finished 20-18 on the season with a conference record of 15-6. As a team, LBCC had a batting average of .271 and an on-base percentage of .344, according to the Vikings’ athletic website. The website also said the Viking pitchers had an earned run average of 3.38 overall and 2.95 in conference play including four shutouts.
Viking coach Casey Crook finished five wins shy of breaking Hicks’ school record of 513 career wins.