Vikings face tough competition

NB baseball goes 1-4 on week

Senior Jacob Kari delivers a pitch during a home game against Irondale last week. Photos by Kat Ladwig

Senior Jacob Kari delivers a pitch during a home game against Irondale last week.
Photos by Kat Ladwig

It was a tough week for the North Branch baseball team, which went 1-4 last week.

The Vikings hosted Princeton for a double-header last Tuesday and split with the Tigers. North Branch won the first game, 5-0, before falling, 7-5, in game two.

Senior Jacob Kari recorded the win on the mound in the first matchup. He gave up five hits, no walks and struck out four batters. Kari also led the offense, going 2-3 with one RBI and three runs scored. Junior Brandon Steffensen went 2-4 with one RBI.

On Thursday, the Vikings traveled to Chisago Lakes. The Vikings scored recorded just two less hits than the Wildcats, but were unable to string hits together, resulting in an 8-3 loss.

Junior Trey O’Day led the offense, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Junior Nick Pilz went 2-4 at the plate.

North Branch had a split-location double-header on Saturday, when they started the day off with a home game against Irondale before traveling to St. Francis.

The Vikings lost 8-2 to Irondale at home, despite tallying seven hits. Kari went 3-3 with one RBI.

Junior Nick Pilz keeps his eye on the pitcher while baserunning in the loss to Irondale.

Junior Nick Pilz keeps his eye on the pitcher while baserunning in the loss to Irondale.

Against a tough St. Francis squad, the Vikings lost 10-0 in six innings after the Saints took an early 2-0 lead in the next inning, followed by unanswered four-run performances in the fourth and sixth innings.

Kari went 2-2 to lead the offense, while Pilz, senior Rob Osowski and sophomore Jimmy Skroch each recorded one hit.

North Branch is 5-12 overall and 3-9 so far in their debut season in the Mississippi 8 Conference. The Vikings closed the regular-season schedule with a home game against Cambridge-Isanti on Tuesday and a road game at Anoka on Wednesday.

 
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