Rain Delay leads to loss for Vikings Baseball
Big Bend second baseman Kalia Agustin, a member of the current Vikings basball team, prepares to swing in the Viking’s March 18, 2022 game against Edmonds College
| April 1, 2023 3:31 PM
MOSES LAKE — On Wednesday, the Big Bend Community College Vikings were all set to play the Blue Mountain Timberwolves, but play was delayed due to rain and when the postponed games finally resumed on Thursday, the Vikings fell to the Timberwolves in both contests.
According to Vikings Head Coach Chase Tunstall, the Timberwolves were able to put up five runs as opposed to the Vikings, who were only able to respond with two by the end of the game. Tunstall said the Vikings were held to about five or six hits in the first game and ended up striking out more than anticipated as well as committing a number of errors on defense that allowed for runs to cross the plate.
“We had some innings where we had runners in scoring position and were unable to get it done,” he said. “Overall our pitching kept us in it.”
Going into the second match, the Vikings gave up a five spot early on and found trouble in recovering. However, the Vikings starting pitcher was able to pitch all eight innings throughout both games, he said.
“We had some errors behind our pitcher and we had plenty of opportunities to drive in runs,” he said. “We just were unable to execute sometimes and we were limited to only four runs and when you give up five that early four’s not gonna win it.”
The Vikings planned to take what they learned and applying it to Saturday’s game, at at-home rematch against the Timberwolves, Tunstall said, with an ultimate goal of improving on all sides of the ball.
Compared to previous games, Tunstall said the team’s pitching has improved, with the coach adding he expects players to improve their batting and fielding as well.
“We just gotta produce on all three aspects of the ball,” he said. “We gotta produce on defense, we gotta produce on deep ball and pitching and we gotta produce all around the plate.”
“We’re just hoping for a collective effort on Saturday,” Tunstall added. “We can put all aspects of the game together and play well on both sides of the ball.”
The Vikings play Blue Mountain again Saturday April 1 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Expect more updates on Vikings Baseball after Saturday’s game and as they head deeper into the season.
Apr. 1 vs Blue Mountain 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 1 vs Blue Mountain 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 5 vs Spokane 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 5 vs Spokane 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 8 @ Spokane 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 8 @ Spokane 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 12 @ Columbia Basin 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 12 @ Columbia Basin 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 15 vs Columbia Basin 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 15 vs Columbia Basin 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 19 vs Walla Walla 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 19 vs Walla Walla 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 22 @ Walla Walla 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 22 @ Walla Walla 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 26 @ Wenatchee Valley 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 26 @ Wenatchee Valley 4:00 p.m.
Apr. 29 vs Wenatchee Valley 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 29 vs Wenatchee Valley 4:00 p.m.
May 3 vs Treasure Valley 1:00 p.m.
May 3 vs Treasure Valley 4:00 p.m.
May 6 @ Treasure Valley 11:00 a.m.
May 6 @ Treasure Valley 2:00 p.m.
Caleb Perez is a Freelance writer and a student at Big Bend Community College where he is a communications major.