Vikings claim DRVC crown

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Community Middle Vikings pose with their championship hardware after defeating Fayetteville 5-0 for the DRVC title.
T-G Photo by Rickey Clardy

Going into the DRVC baseball tournament, the Community Middle Vikings were seeded fifth in the 10-team conference.

Once the postseason rolled around, the Vikings shifted their play into another gear, and last night brought the tournament championship to Unionville.

In a pitcher’s duel, the Vikings broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Fayetteville Tigers 5-0 at Liberty School.

The teams had split the two games they had played in the tournament, necessitating the final game for all the marbles.

There were goose eggs through the first six innings, but both teams had opportunities to break the ice.

The Tigers threatened in the third inning, putting runners at second and third with two outs, but Community hurler Will Reed fanned the final Fayetteville batter to prevent a score.

Catcher Chris Martin of the Vikings narrowly missed a home run in the top of the fourth inning as his drive hit the right-center field fence on the fly.

Martin settled for a double, but the Vikings could not score.

Community nearly scratched out a run in the sixth, as a Reed single chased Evan Petrie home with the potential first run. But a strong throw from the outfield by the Tigers gunned down Petrie and kept the game scoreless.

The Vikings made the most of their chances in the seventh inning, batting around to score their five runs.

After a leadoff walk to Jackson Bailey, a bloop single by Ethan Greer, and a walk to Jacob Hawkins loaded the bases with none out, Zander Thurber drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing in pinch-runner James Neeley with the first run of the game. McCade Miller came up big, clearing the bases with a double to left to increase the Community lead to 4-0.

Chris Land added an RBI single to put the Vikings up 5-0.

Meanwhile, it was lights out in the bottom of the seventh as Reed retired the Tigers in order as the Vikings claimed the crown.

Reed finished with four strikeouts and no walks, while hitting one batter.

Community 000 000 5 — 5 5 1

Fayetteville 000 000 0 — 0 4 1

Community: Chris Land 1-for-4, Chris Martin 1-for-3, Will Reed 1-for-4, Ethan Greer 1-for-3, McCade Miller 1-for-3.

WP: Reed.