Third baseman Dustin Cary applies the tag to the Charles City baserunner in Friday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference game. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With scores of Decorah baseball alumni on hand Friday night for the 50th reunion weekend, the 2013 Decorah baseball team (10-5, 6-3 NEIC) did its part to make the crowd happy, defeating Charles City (3-12, 1-8 NEIC) 9-5.
Earlier in the week the Vikings had their game with North Fayette cancelled due to weather. It will now be played Wednesday, June 26.
In Friday's game, the Vikes got on the board early, scoring a run in the first. In the second inning, the Vikes got things rolling. Decorah started with a walk, followed by two Comet errors to load the bases. A pop up made one out. Jacob Kvale then smashed a single up the middle. From there, the Comets had an error on the throw home, then an error on the throw to third, trying to get the runner. In the end, Kvale picked up two RBIs while the bases were cleared with the errors. They added three more in the third and one in the fourth.
Decorah had seven hits. Dustin Cary had two, including a double, with a run scored. Josey Jewell smashed a double with an RBI. Kvale had the single, two RBIs and two runs scored. Collin Nimrod and Kyle Kane both had a hit, with Kane's producing an RBI. Austin Ashbacher had a hit, a run and an RBI. Cole Svestka, Bryce Pierce and Gavin Nimrod all scored a run.
Jewell was the winning pitcher. He threw 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (only one earned) on seven hits while striking out seven. Kvale got the save.
"We were able to mix in some hits with some of their errors to score enough runs to stay ahead and beat them. Two of our three errors really factored into three of their runs and they were kind of uncharacteristic to see the two errors we made," said Coach Dennis Olejniczak. "A win is a win, but we're going to have to play a lot better starting Monday to continue to win in conference ball because so many teams in the conference, which includes New Hampton on Monday, are all pretty decent teams."
The Vikings hosted New Hampton Monday. Tuesday, June 18, the Vikings host Waterloo Columbus in out-of-conference action, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, they travel to Crestwood, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, they host Oelwein at 7:30 p.m