Although the Vikings didn't make it back to the state tournament, the Decorah baseball team played the game "the Decorah way."

Producing a 27-9 overall record and falling in the substate final to the eventual state champion, the Vikings played the game in a way that made Head Coach Dennis Olejniczak proud.

Most importantly, they played the game nearly flawlessly. In 36 games, the Vikes committed just 36 errors. They played 15 perfect games, relying on their defense to make the plays. They had nine one-error games, nine two-error games and just three three-error contests. They never committed more than three mistakes.

"This was a very, very good defensive team," said the veteran coach, who has committed to returning to the dugout for his 51st season next year. "I had a player at every position capable of playing their position. We didn't have to hide anybody."

Olejniczak said this team ranks as one of the best in his career when it comes to defensive performance.

They had a .967 fielding percentage.

As a team, the Vikes had a .293 batting average, with 62 doubles and 199 RBIs. The pitching staff had a 2.36 ERA, with opponents batting .193 against them.