Mar 10th, 2010 @ 2:53 pm | Author: By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com
Valley City--Trips to warmer climates await the Viking baseball and softball teams in a matter of days, although the baseball team is making their schedule on the fly.
Both teams leave for their spring trips this week, with the Viking softball team on their way to Cocoa Beach, FL, for 12 games in six days. The baseball team will play 8 games while in Brownsville, TX.
The baseball trip, however, starts with a stop in Nebraska, and that stop has been moved due to the unpredictable baseball conditions we call "spring".
The Vikings were to play a four-game series with Dana College in Blair, NE, to start their trip this weekend. With questionable field conditions already, and a winter/spring storm moving through the region, those games have been moved to Kansas.
"If we're going to travel that far, we want to give ourselves the best chance to play," said Viking head baseball coach Casey Olney. "Blair has had rain Monday and Tuesday, the snow is melting, and the fields are just iffy."
The move will bring a new opponent into the equation. Dana, also called the Vikings, and VCSU will be facing Tabor College at their home in Hillsboro, KS, in a modified triangular Friday and Saturday.
From there, the Vikings will travel to Brownsville, where they will meet UT-Brownsville, Fisher College of Boston, MA, and Concordia, NE. All five teams on the trip are NAIA teams.
Of the opponents scheduled for the trip, the Scorpions of Texas-Brownsville stand out as the top competition. They enter the weekend with 23 games under their belt, at 8-15 overall.
"They have played some of the top teams in the NAIA, and have played some D-one's tough," Olney said. "It's tough to know from one year to the next because of the changeover, but they are always very good."
Olney said that Fisher is usually ranked tops in their region in the northeast part of the country, and usually matches up well with the Vikings. This will be the first meetings between the Vikings and Concordia, NE, under Olney's tenure as head coach.