By Victoria Dahlin
The North Branch baseball team faced Fridley twice last week, with a different outcome each time, and the boys defeated Columbia Heights.
On May 7 the Vikings traveled to Fridley and lost 6-5 in nine innings to the Tigers.
Brett Klun had two runs, two hits and two RBIs; Dylan Kraemer, one hit and one RBI; Cody Knobbe, two hits; Travis Anderson, one run and one hit; and Zach Fairbanks and Jake Pilz each had one run.
Kevin Johnson pitched to 27 batters allowing four runs and five hits; Jared Axberg faced seven and allowed no runs or hits; Fairbanks pitched to six and allowed one run and one hit; and Kerry Konrad faced four, allowing one run and two hits.
The Vikings had five runs, six hits and two errors, while the Tigers had six runs, eight hits and two errors.
On Wednesday, the team went on the road to Columbia Heights and shutout the Hylanders 10-0 in five innings.
Pilz had three runs, three hits and one RBI; Klun, two runs, two hits and two RBIs; Thomas Kinsella, one hit and four RBIs; Konrad, two hits and two RBIs; Cole Mattson, two runs, one hit and one RBI; Anderson, two runs and two hits; Kraemer, one run; and Jordan Franklin and Michael Naggatz had one hit each.
Blake Jorgenson pitched the five innings and faced 17 batters, allowing no runs and only one hit.
The Vikings had 10 runs, 10 hits and no errors, while the Hylanders had no runs, one hit and three errors.
Last Friday North Branch hosted and this time beat Fridley 7-4.
Anderson had two hits and three RBIs; Konrad, one run, one hit and two RBIs; Johnson, one run, one hit and one RBI; Kraemer, one run and one RBI; Knobbe and Klun both had one run and one hit; and Mattson and Kinsella had one run each.
Naggatz faced 23 batters and allowed only one run and four hits; Fairbanks pitched to six and allowed three runs and two hits; while Axberg threw to two, allowing no runs or hits.
The Vikings had seven runs, six hits and one error, while the Tigers had four runs, six hits and one error.
The North Branch baseball team has a 3-9 North Suburban Conference and 4-13 overall record. The Vikings will host the Chisago Lakes Area Wildcats (7-6) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.