Varsity baseball squad sweeps Hornets at Harrison on Monday
Vikings win 14-4 in game one and 10-5 in game two during nonconference doubleheader
The Grayling Vikings defeated the Harrison Hornets 14-4, 10-5 during a varsity baseball doubleheader played at Harrison High School on Monday night.
Grayling won 14-4 during game one of the nonconference series.
“We started out strong in game one, scoring five runs in the first inning and led 14-1 before Harrison was able to score three runs in the last inning. At the plate we had 10 total hits with Ryan Anderson leading the way with three hits. Sterling Shazri and Parker Dole had two hits apiece and Nick Hunter, Justin Youngblood, and Conner Brill each had a hit,” Coach Nate Maury said.
Youngblood, the starting pitcher for Grayling, earned the win. He struck out nine batters in three innings, allowing three hits. Anderson pitched one inning in relief.
In game two, the Vikings defeated the Hornets 10-5.
“We had to climb out of an early 4-0 hole to start the game but we rallied in the second inning and scored seven runs to take the lead for good. We had another strong hitting performance with 11 total hits. Nick Hunter, Ryan Anderson, Justin Youngblood, and Parker Dole each had two hits. Devin O’Dell, Conner Brill, and Blane Johnston each had a hit in the game as well,” Coach Maury said.
Sterling Shazri, pitching in relief, picked up the win. He allowed one run on four hits. Devin O’Dell threw a scoreless sixth inning to end the game.
“Overall I was very pleased to see our bats come alive in these games. Our goal was to put the ball in play and force Harrison to make the play and unfortunately for them they did not execute and we were able to score a lot of runs,” Coach Maury said. “I give the Harrison team credit; they hit the ball pretty well and never gave up. It is nice to see some of the younger kids on the team get some extended playing time early on. We have a tough conference and we will need everyone to be able to step up and play.”
The Vikings (2-2 overall, 0-0 conference) will play at Lake City on Thursday, April 18, at 4:15 p.m.