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Last Friday, May 3, was a much better day for baseball. The wind wasn't quite as harsh and there was sunshine that at least gave the comfort of being warm. The Vikings played the Mayville State Comets in the noon game for a shot at the championship game against the Jamestown College Jimmies at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.
The Vikings came back in the double-elimination NAIA Unaffiliated Tournament to get to Friday's game. They'd lost Wednesday to the Dakota State Trojans in a 12 inning slug fest, 14-13, and then beat Dickinson State 7-6, and Dakota State 13-9 on Thursday.
The Vikings quickly made it a 3-1 game when Scott Stephenson belted a towering three-run homer over the right field fence in the top of the second. Stephenson fouled off several in a battle against Comet pitcher Darin Stanislawski. A dribbler back to the mound and a neatly turned 6-4-3 double play ended the inning. The Comets had five errors on the day, but they turned enough DP's against the Vikings to neutralize them. The Comets turned three.
The Comets put two more on the board, tying the game 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth when Viking shortshop had trouble getting a handle on a deep grounder. A two-out single from Comet first baseman Dillon Lundin plated the two runners.
The teams went scoreless in the fifth. Viking pitcher Ryan Shaw, with a wicked move to first, literally caught Comet shortstop Phillip Steer standing for an easy tag from first baseman Brenden Schearer. A lazy fly ball to left field retired the Comets in the fifth.
Read more in today's, Monday, May 6, Times-Record.