KINGMAN–It was not the day they were hoping to have on the road in Kingman, as the Smoky Valley High baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader by losing game one in a heartbreaker 9-8 before being humbled in game two 12-2.
The Vikings held a 1-0 advantage through the first two and a half innings before host Kingman put a run on the board to tie the game in game one. After Kingman added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead going into the final two innings.
Those final two innings were fun to watch as Smoky Valley knocked across four runs in the top of the sixth to take two-run, 5-3 lead. Kingman responded by producing five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-5 lead going into the seventh. The Viking’s Brandon Malm blasted a three-run home run in the top of the final inning to tie the game up at 8-8, only to see Kingman push across the one run needed in the bottom of the inning to take the 9-8 victory.
Besides the home run by Malm, Kyle Anderson and Logan Rawson each pounded out doubles for the Vikings, while Anderson finished the game with three hits and Malm, Zach Able and Brett Heitschmidt each had two. Able took the loss in relief on the mound after replacing Bruster Bengtson in the seventh.
“Bruster (Bengtson) pitched a strong six innings before he just ran out of a pitch count to stay on the mound,” noted Viking Head Coach Troy Miller.
Game two did not stay as close as game one as host Kingman jumped out early with two runs in the first, and then added four more runs in each of the second and third innings to hold a commanding 10-0 lead over the Vikings midway through the game. While Smoky Valley pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth, it was not enough offense as Kingman added two more runs in the final two innings to gain the 12-2 win.
Zach Able was the lone Viking batter to get two hits, while Brett Heitschmidt made use of his lone hit by smashing out a double. Able took his second loss of the day on the mound.
Smoky Valley now sits at 1-5 for the season and returns to the diamond on Friday, April 13 when they travel to Nickerson.