Batting away Warren: 11-4

Batting away Warren: 11-4

While playing against Paramount during the home game on April 12, Jared Gibson, 12, throws a pitch striking out his opponent. The boys put up a good fight, but lost 1- 5.

John Franco, Sports Editor

Baseball’s first game against Warren proved to be no joke on April Fools Day as the Vikes proved to be victorious with a score of 11-4, beating their cross-town rivals.

The game began with a quick 2-0 lead by the Bears with player Matt Barela hitting a leadoff double and offering his teammates a walk, leaving the Vikes to trail behind 0-2.

“We were worried since when Warren always has the lead they end up winning but we were not about to give up,” SGVL Co-MVP Josh Guerra said.

The bears lost their lead by allowing the Vikes to score 3 runs in the bottom of the first and another 4 in the bottom of the second inning. The Warren pitcher seemed to have a “bad start” as he granted Downey 7 runs, 6 hits and four walks.

The first three inning were from the first several players on the roster. First hitter Josh Guerra hit a single and gave short-stop Anthony Cortez the chance to move to third in preparation of yet another run to home.

By the second inning, Juan Gonzalez hit a single, taking the boys to a 6-4 lead. The Bears seemed to have lost all interest in the game.

“We were very confident today and everyone played exceptionally well,” out-fielder Franz Jacinto said.

At the end of the second inning, the Viking baseball team had the lead at 7-2. The Bears tried to score in the following innings. Soon after opportunity arose for the Vikes in the fifth and sixth innings where they scored 4 runs.

By the end of the game Guerra had 8 hits, 2 singles, a run, a double, and a stolen base proudly showing the skills of the SGVL Co-MVP. His teammate Yamel Delgado had 2 RBIs and 2 walks. Baseball Manager Jess Gonzalez was proud of them and the work they proved at the game.

“We did very well; I’m proud of my boys,” Pitcher Eric Parra said.

The Vikes continued the rest of league with a 15-0 shut out over Dominguez on April 3. Then they competed in a double-header loss towards Gahr 0-5 and 7-11, but on April 12 the boys lost to the Paramount Pirates 1-5. Their next game is April 15 versus Paramount.