Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Author: viking sports admin
Vikes Wrap up AZ trip With Win in 9th, Finish 6-4

Valley City pulled out a win in the finale at Gene Autry Park in Mesa on Saturday.

With the game tied at three after eight innings VCSU pushed two runs across in the top of the ninth and Colin Waldner closed the door in the bottom half for a Viking victory.

After Cliff Vazquez and Dan Buehner recorded outs the Vikes got clutch at bats from Tanner Bombenger, Derek Zitzow, and Josh Evans to load the bases for conference leading RBI man Mike Danielson. Danielson delivered a two out base hit to plate Bombenger and Zitzow and give the Vikes a 5-3 lead.

After allowing back to back singles to start the bottom half of the inning Waldner induced a double play ball from Benedictine's three hole hitter, and struck out the cleanup man to seal the Viking win.

Ryan Shaw started the game on the mound and went 5.0 solid innings allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out six and walking one. Taylor Nelson relieved and went 3.0 allowing just one hit. Nelson worked out of a jam in the seventh, with runners on first and third and none out Nelson struck out two and finished the inning with a 3-1 putout.

Offensively the Vikes were led by Reed Oistad and Josh Evans who each had two hits. Danielson finished the game with three RBI.

VCSU finished the AZ trip at 6-4 and are back in action in the preseason DAC tournament this weekend in Rapid City SD.

Danielson Leads the DAC in RBI and HR's, is 2nd in SLG%, and 3rd in Runs Scored
Nelson is 2nd in ERA at 1.76 and OPP/BA at .211
Shaw is 4th in ERA at 2.77