North Stokes entered last week’s game against Oak Level Baptist Academy on a three game losing streak, but hitting in the right situations allowed the Vikings to win 9-2 over the visiting team.
“We did get some timely hitting when we needed,” stated Vikings coach Stephen Sauer. “Like I said before, we are in a stretch of our schedule to make things uncomfortable for our opponents. We just need to play the way we can play.”
After Oak Level scored in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead, the Vikings came storming back in the bottom half and scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
In the second and third innings, the Vikings added three more runs to cushion their advantage 6-2.
In the bottom of the fifth North pushed in their last three runs of the game.
“Jake Craddock hit a three-run homer for us and we pounded out 12 hits against them,” said Sauer. “Paul Michael (Charleville) pitched very well from the mound and helped us get the win.”
Charleville pitched the complete game giving up no earned runs on four walks and seven strikeouts. Craddock led the way for the Vikings at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Jake Chesnet added two hits, a run, a RBI and a stolen base.
The Vikings will play Northwest 1A second place team in Walkertown twice this week.
“We need to bring our ‘A’ game and create some breaks if we expect to win,” Sauer said.
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