LARNED—The trip to Larned on Thursday for the Smoky Valley High baseball team turned into a rough trip as the Vikings dropped both ends of the doubleheader, 7-3 and 21-9.
While the Lady Viking softball team was also scheduled to play at Larned, their game was forfeited by the home team due to a lack of players.
For the Viking baseball team, Larned jumped on them for four runs in the bottom of the first, then added one in the third and two in the fourth. Despite a push of three runs across in the top of the fifth for Smoky Valley it was not enough and they lost the first game 7-3.
While Brett Heitschmidt led the Viking offense with two hits, Zion Thomas had the lone extra-base smack with a double. Zach Able took the loss on the mound.
After the home team scored four runs in the first inning of game two, but Smoky Valley bounced back in the top of the second with four of their own to tie the game. Unfortunately, Larned pounded the Vikings for eight runs in the bottom of the second, added one in the third and another eight in the bottom of the fourth. Despite scoring in each of the final three innings, it was not enough for Smoky Valley to avoid the 21-9 loss.
Kyle Anderson was the offensive star for the Vikings by going four-for-four at the plate, including a double. Zion Thomas, Zach Able and Brett Heitschmidt each had two hits, while Brandon Malm knocked out a double with his only hit. Ben Weldy took the loss for the Vikings.
The two losses drops the Vikings to 6-10 for the season and enter the final full week of the season by hosting Hillsboro on Tuesday before taking on Pratt at home on Thursday in a make-up game.
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