OHS Baseball league week two recap

Another week of ups and downs for the Vikings.


Dene Ogles

The Oakmont Vikings celebrate after Adam Reyes’ two-run homer.

Andrew Perry, Sports Editor

Entering the week, the Vikings were 8-8 overall, sporting a 1-2 record in league play. With how league play has been going throughout the Foothill Valley League, the Vikings still had a chance at their hopes of possibly winning a league title. During week two, the Vikings faced an all-around solid Ponderosa Bruins team.

Game one of the series opened up at home for the Vikings, starting Trevor Wilson on the mound. Both teams would shut each other out in the first three innings, but in the top of the fourth – after a three-run home run by Ponderosa – the game shifted towards the Bruins; and they ran with it. 

The Vikings had no answer for the Bruins’ bats. The Vikings would score two runs in the fifth inning, but that would not be enough. The Vikings would go on to lose 11-2, falling to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in league.  

Game two of the series was played at Ponderosa, and Kurt Marton was set to take the mound for the Vikings. The Vikings knew they were going to get a well-pitched game by Marton, so they had to make sure the bats were ready to go to support his pitching display. 

The Vikings opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, and gave Marton a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. After a questionable call on a catch in right field, the Ponderosa Bruins would hit a two-run homer to take the lead. This would not phase Marton, as he would pitch six innings, striking out six to match.  

The Vikings would steadily score the rest of the game behind a two-run homer by senior Adam Reyes, sparking the energy of the Vikings and pulling them to victory. Reyes came in to close out the game, but gave up a run while only recording one out. Reid Harris would come into the game, escaping the jam to pick up Reyes. The Vikings would win 6-4, improving to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in league. 

The deciding game of the series was played at Oakmont with sophomore Ayden Dringenberg on the mound. Dringenberg worked hard for the Vikings, battling through a small injury but eventually getting pulled for Beau Ogles to pitch. Ogles would throw three innings for the Vikings, followed by Reid Harris. The Bruins’ bats were yet again too strong, and the Vikings’ bats were good themselves, but could not outlast the Bruins. The Vikings would fall 9-2, dropping to 9-10 overall and 2-4 overall. 

The Vikings are set to play the first place Lincoln Zebras in week three of the league. It is a great opportunity for the Vikings to shake up the FVL, potentially moving up the league standings.