Northeast Scores Early And Often En Route To Victory At Home
The Northeast Vikings (#14 Tampa Bay Rankings) hosted the St. Petersburg Green Devils Wednesday night in a non-district bout. The Vikings scored three runs in both the first and second inning and got a solid pitching performance from Lucas Smith en route to a 10-3 victory.
Ryan Cook scored the first of his two runs for the Vikings (15-5) in the first inning to get the scoring started. An RBI single from Ethan Lovy doubled the lead and a wild pitch scored Adam Arredondo later in the inning to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead entering the second frame.
The Green Devils (4-15) quickly got a run back in the top of the second inning when David Rieth took a 2-0 pitch and sent it over the center field wall for a solo home run. Tad Stockowski scored on an error to pull to within one. However, a two-run double from Will Condon and a RBI single from Jake Hale increased the Viking lead to 6-2.
Lucas Smith started the game for the Vikings and was solid through six innings of work. Smith allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth, the Green Devils began to slowly crawl back into the game. Davy Phrathep drove in the third run of the game to pull to within three on a double to right field, however the Vikings quickly put an end to any Green Devils rally.
A double to right field from Hale gave him two more RBIs on the day and the Vikings a six-run lead. Three batters later Hale scored, along with Luke Bannister on an a single from Cameron Cooper.
The Green Devils managed one more run in the seventh but Vikings pitcher Logan Wolf came in and struck out two to end any comeback and preserve the 10-3 victory.