After two wins today, Viking Baseball moves to 18-6 on the season and 3-0 in pool play of the Gulf Coast Classic, which is hosted at various parks around the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Today’s victories took place on the campus of Robertsdale High School, and both hilighted the hot bats that the Vikes have been swinging in the recent days. Along with big hitting, Jasper has also come up big on the mound, not allowing a single run in tournament play thus far.
The first win of the Day came against Collinsville, AL in a 13-0 game in five inning fashion. In that game, Cam Robinson was 2-2 at the dish with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, along with 4 stolen bases. Slade Harbin had a pair of doubles and 3 RBI. Zac Durham had a triple and 2 RBI, and Ryan Willcutt also added a double and a pair of RBIs.
The Vikings were stellar on the mound again in game 1 today, as Carson Gilbert picked up the win going 2 2/3 innings, striking out 4 and only allowing 1 hit. Nick Keeton finished the game up on the mound retiring the final 7 outs in a 5 inning run ruled contest, allowing only 2 base runners (both by way of base on balls), while striking out two.
Game two got off to a slow start for the Vikings, but the result was much of the same as Jasper rolled to a 12-0 victory over Dale County, AL.
Senior, Landon Nix led all hitters at the plate, finishing just a Homerun short of the cycle on a day where the wind saw that no balls were leaving the yard. Nix’s single, double, triple, and walk accounted for 3 runs scored and an RBI. Kaden Shelton belted a single, and a gap double and knocked in four runs, while Cam Robinson added another 3 hit game with a pair of doubles. Robinson scores three times, and had an RBI.
The Viking pitchers remained tough on opposing hitters in this one, only giving up 3 hits, and striking out 8. Ben Bonner got the start on the mound and cruised through four innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 7 for the win. In relief of Bonner was Topher Wilson who pitched a solid 2 innings, allowing 1 hit, and striking out 1. Ryan Childers closed out the contest in the 7th and ended the game on a comeback ground ball that he retired 1 to 3 to end the contest.
Viking Baseball will Play Oak Forest, IL tomorrow at 9:00 am, which on paper, looks to be a barn burner. In the tournament, Oak Forest has a 16-1 win over Central Coosa, a 6-5 loss to McGill-Toolen, and a 4-3 win over University High out of Johnson City, Tennessee. After tomorrow’s contest, we will know if we will advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be played on Thursday. Keep up with tomorrow’s contest via the GameChanger app, or through live scoring @VikeBaseball on Twitter.