It was a split for the doubleheader, but for the Smoky Valley baseball team, it was the first win of the season. After four attempts, the Vikings won the second of two games with Halstead at home in Lindsborg on Monday.

Halstead came into town and blasted the Vikings in game one 13-3. While the Vikings were down by just one run at 4-3 after three innings, Halstead poured four runs in the fourth and another five in the fifth to put the game out of reach for the host team.

In game two, Smoky Valley not only got their first victory of the season, they did so by shutting out Halstead 10-0. The Vikings are now 1-3 for the young season.

The Vikings scored two runs in the first, one in the third, then poured across four in the fourth before adding another three in the sixth for the shutout win.

Smoky Valley found their rhythm at the plate in game two as Zach Able and Brandon Malm each went 3-for-4, while Logan Rawson finished 2-for-3 and Ben Weldy hit 2-for-4. Able and Zion Thomas each blasted a triple, while Kort Elliott hit for a double. Weldy was the winning Viking pitcher on the mound.

“We played better defensively the second game,” noted Viking head coach Troy Miller. “No errors helped, while Ben (Weldy) only gave up one hit, while walking seven and striking out 10. We had 13 hits in game two, with some big hits coming with two outs.”

Smoky Valley will look for another victory on Friday when they return to the diamond at Nickerson.