Baseball: Honl, Venaas lead Vikings to another split

Apr 19th, 2014 @ 6:58 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Presentation 12, VCSU 8 - Box Score
VCSU 14, Presentation 0 - Box Score

Cole Honl hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in the first inning of game two Saturday as Valley City State salvaged a split with Presentation College in North Star baseball action.

Presentation College hit four home runs in the opening game to win 12-8, but the Vikings bounced back with nine first-inning runs in game two as they coasted to a 14-0 victory.

Valley City State and Presentation split their weekend series, which each team winning a game on Friday and Saturday.

Valley City State is now 17-24 overall. The Vikings are 5-5 in the North Star Athletic Association.

Presentation 12, VCSU 8
The Saints took advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left field as they blasted four home runs, including back-to-back shots in the fourth inning.

The Saints led 9-3 after the top of the fifth. The Vikings battled back to within 9-7 but left the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth. The Saints then put the game away with three more runs in the seventh.

Chris Holden took the loss for Valley City State. He started on the mound and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and nine runs.

Mike Gershman hit a 3-run home run for the Vikings in the fifth inning. Brady Anderson had two hits and an RBI. Tom Houdek added a hit and two RBIs.

VCSU 14, Presentation College 0
The Vikings left no doubt in game two of the doubleheader, scoring nine runs in the first inning en route to a 14-0 victory.

Cole Honl hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in the first inning as the Vikings sent 15 batters to the plate.

Bryce Venaas pitched six shutout innings for the victory, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Anthony Necochea pitched a scoreless seventh to end the game.

Honl led the offensive charge with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in six.

Houdek added two hits, two runs and four RBIs. Kayl Hamre had two hits and two RBIs, and Jake Rambow went 2-for-3 with three runs scored from the leadoff position.