Vikings grab back-to-back wins

By Amanda Dodson -

North Stokes baseball team is just warming up after grabbing a 4-3 win against Alleghany on March 3 and two days later topping North Wilkes 8-4.

“In the Alleghany game we played well as a team with timely hitting and solid pitching and defense,” said Vikings coach Stephen Sauer.

Paul Michael Charleville pitched a complete game on 99 pitches and gave great effort, Sauer added.

Chase Vaden and Jake Chesnet provided multiple hits with Chesnet doubling off the fence.

Another team effort contributed to the North Wilkes win.

“Vaden didn’t have his best stuff, but battled all day. Austin Shelton earned the save, striking out three in an inning and a third,” Sauer said.

Cole Smith, Chesnet, and Charleville had multiple hits.

“I’m very excited about this team. Our seniors have a vested interest in being better. We’ve set some goals and thus far the focus is there. The neat thing about this team is we’re senior dominated, but we have four or five underclassmen who make major contributions,” Sauer said.

The coach believes the program is moving in the right direction and continuing to grow. For the first time in a number of years, 30 players came out.

Moving forward the Vikings want to hone in on their defense.

“We’re hitting and pitching the ball well. We need to continue to establish a confidence about who we are. Sometimes the mental approach is our greatest deficit.”

North hosts South Stokes this Friday beginning at 4 p.m.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

By Amanda Dodson

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