Monday, June 24, 2019
Hayfield first baseman Easton Fritcher hauls in a pickoff attempt in the bottom of the first inning against Triton on Apr. 16.

Hayfield runs winning streak to five

Hayfield baseball teahad a tough game against Waterville-Elysian- Morristown. The Vikings would fall in that game by a score of 13-1and it was the equivalent of a horse stumbling out of the gate.

However, the baseball season is a marathon and one bad game can only dictate a season if a team lets it.

The Vikings have put that opening loss in the rear view mirror and since then, they’ve played tremendous baseballrunning their winning streato five games thanks to a trio of victories last week to run their overall record to 5-and their Gopher Conference record to 4-1.

Hayfields week began with a trip to Maple River on Apr15 and established a strong week of starting pitching on the mound thanks to Luke Dudchya. The junior was terrific on the mound limiting the Eagles to two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out three in a complete game effort.

With the Eagles bats being silenced, the Vikings went to work at the plate with EastoFritcher doing a good chunof damage at the bottom of the lineup, going 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Kolby Tapp would drive in two runs while Carter Kyllo, Brady Nelson, Mason Tapp also drove in runs as part of an 8-2 victory.

The good vibes would continue as the Vikings traveled up to former conference foe Triton on Apr. 16. Once again, a strong pitching effort by Nelson (6 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 9 K) would set the table for the Vikings offense to take charge.

Although there would bjust four hits in the game, JoeTempel would have a big onas his two-RBI single lethe way while Mason Tapp added an RBI double. With Hayfield drawing seven walks, they created threats all afternoon and walked away with an 8-1 victory.

Hayfields week would conclude with a trip to Bethlehem Academy and another Viking victory. This game would belonto Fritcher, who would get it done on the mound with five shutout innings with two hits, four walks and 10 strikeouts and at the plate going 2-for-3 with twowith two triples and four RBI. Tempel would drive in another pair of runs with a RBI single and Nelson, Mason Trapp, Towey and Kolby Trapp would each drive in one as the Vikings would skunk the Cardinals 10-0 in five innings.

The Vikings will continue to remain on the road next week as they went to NRHEG on Tuesday and will travel to Blooming Prairie on Thursday. A matchup with J-W-P will happen on Friday before a rematch with W-E-M on Apr. 29 and United South Central on April 30. 

 

 

 

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