BIG BEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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With inclement weather plaguing the Columbia Basin for the last few months, and the home field covered in a few feet of snow, the Big Bend baseball team hadn't practiced outside on a diamond since Oct. 27th. But while Mother Nature was putting a halt on practice outdoors, she couldn't do anything about changing the dates for opening day ... snow or not, the Vikes would eventually have to begin the season.
With the initial four games of the season already canceled in late February at home, the Vikings traveled west for clearer skies last weekend to open their season. It was good to get some game experience, but the rust definitely showed.
"We had some opportunities to steal a few games on Saturday from Edmonds and Lane (losing each by 1 run)," said Vikings Head Baseball Coach Jameson Lange. "We had pressure on both teams but just weren't able to capitalize. I was pleased with our pitching staff's ability to compete and keep us in ballgames, but offensively we were a little outmatched due to it being the first time this year that we had seen live pitching outside."
Freshmen Matthew Plato and Skyler Sadora didn't seem phased at the plate with Plato hitting .375 over the stretch (6-of-16 with a double, 5 RBIs, 3 BB) and Sadora taking advantage of his opportunity going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and a triple.
Sophomore Cameron Maciel notched BBCC's only win on the mound against Centralia tossing 6.1 strong innings and giving up just 2 earned runs, on 4 hits, while walking 3, and striking out 4.
Big Bend was scheduled to host Wenatchee Valley on Wednesday, and then Everett for a four-game tilt this Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday's game with the Knights has been canceled. and now the Vikings will travel to Everett.