Story and photo by Darlene Maes/Staffer/@dawrlean LBCC Vikings practice with assistant coach Vinnie Chavez at Joe Hicks Memorial field at LAC on Wednesday May 17.

With the rush of graduation and summer quickly approaching, nothing was going to get in the way for the Vikings to seek redemption.
After playing against the Grossmont Griffins’ several times over the season, they will battle it out once again with LBCC in the sectional playoff rounds.
The California Community College Athletic Association’s state championship is next for the team.
Throughout their practice on Wednesday May 17, the Vikings showed focus running plays and perfecting their abilities.
Assistant coach Rylie Ogle commented on how the team has progressed: “We have been very consistent executing what we have done in practice I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys. They have figured out themselves and it’s paying off.”
Josh Agnew, freshman pitcher, discussed how important the games are against Grossmont.
He said, “They spanked us the last time, now it’s up to who wants it more. We are playing to our potential and the intensity is up.”
Coach Casey Crook detailed how the upcoming game will go based on the team’s preparation: “When you make the playoffs, you keep doing what you’re doing. This team has gotten the most out of themselves and figured out how to compete, we are going to play well.”
The Vikings played in El Cajon, near San Diego against the Griffins’ on Friday, May 19, at 2 p.m.
The series was continued on the Griffins’ turf throughout the weekend with a second game on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m and a third game on Sunday, May 21, at noon.
The Vikings went 30-16-1 overall and 17-5 in conference. The team ended the season with a loss in the second round of the California Community College Athletics Association. Byrd hit 11 homeruns, 50 RBIs and had a batting average of .371.