Story and Photos By Jon Peacock/Managing Editor/@jonjpeacock9
In a baseball game played with temperatures in the high 80s, the Vikings suffered a 5-1 loss against Oxnard on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
“We need to learn to make the adjustments you have to make against a guy that’s pitching pretty good,” LBCC coach Casey Cook said, “This guy pitched pretty dang good today, located his fastball well,”
Though El Niño is supposed to be present, it was nowhere to be found near LAC’s Joe Hicks Memorial Field.
The Vikes struggled to make runs and had a total of three errors and left 11 men on base.
Oxnard struck first in the top of the third. Long Beach countered with a run of its own at the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, Oxnard scored two runs and two more runs in the eighth.
“We made a lot of mistakes today. The good thing about a game whether you win or lose is that it gives you something to work on the next day in practice,” Cook said, “They got a lot to learn, that’s part of the deal, just try to teach them whether you win or lose.”
Viking sophomore infielder Conner Steer said, “I think we can take away that we really need to focus on a lot more things.
“We had a lot of confidence coming into this game. We were on a nice little roll there, but I think we need to focus back on the little things and focus on the details.”
The Vikings now have a 4-5 record and Cook is one win away from becoming the most winningest baseball coach in LBCC history. Cook is tied with former coach Joe Hicks at 513 wins.