BIG BEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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Big Bend Baseball picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend as they hosted Centralia four a 4-game tilt on Saturday and Sunday.
The Vikings got a good effort from starting pitcher Vance Alvarado who put the blue and green in position to pick up their first win in Game 1. Alvarado threw five solid innings, struck out 5 hitters, and staked BBCC to 5-1 lead before the Blazers figured him out in the Top of the 6th. The Blazers started the inning with a walk and back-to-back singles to chase the BBCC starter. Four hits, an error, a passed ball, and 6 runs later the Big bend lead was erased.
Centralia would score 2 more runs in the 8th, and despite some pop from the Big Bend bats late in the form of home runs from Matthew Plato (solo) and Zachary Valdez (2-run), would hold on to win Game 1.
The Vikings Ryan Shipley earned his first win of the season in Game 2 tossing 5 innings and scattering six hits while striking out 6 Blazer hitters. Colin Cortez and Michael Demand each threw one inning of relief to close out the Vikings' first win of the season.
Evan McClean continued to have a hot bat going 2-for-3 with a walk and picking up his first collegiate home run (solo). Matthew Plato (2-run) and Nate Akesson (3-run) also provided some offensive power each leaving the yard.
The Vikings took Game 3 of the series in walk-off fashion Sunday with Wade Visker singling-in Calum Seifert in the Bottom of the 9th inning. Seifert, who walked to lead off the inning, was sacrificed to second by Nate Akesson.
Evan McLean looked sharp on the mound for the Vikings throwing 6 innings and allowing two runs on 5 hits. The Vikings' bullpen couldn't hold the lead giving up 4 runs and 4 hits in the Top of the 7th tying the score, 6-6.
In the series finale, Centralia used a platoon of pitchers to hold Big Bend scoreless and to just a single hit in the 6-0 loss. The Blazers scored 6 runs in the first two innings which was plenty for the win. Cal Seifert was the lone Viking to pick up a hit.