Colton baseball wins the day
Colton—When the Colton Vikings baseball team is able to field a team, the results are often pretty good. The first time the Vikings were scheduled to face off against Scio on Tuesday, April 10, the team had to forfeit due to a low player count. The second time around, on Friday, April 27, Colton showed up with a full complement of players and the results spoke for themselves.
The Vikings defended the home field successfully, winning 5-1 after seven innings of play.
With the win, Colton improves to 2-3 in the PacWest Conference, and 6-6 overall. Scio meanwhile falls to 2-3 in the conference, and 4-11 overall.
"Everybody played," Colton head coach Jason Stewart said. "Everybody did their job at their position and executed. We're ready."
After being tied up 1-1 through two innings, it came down to a big third inning for the Vikings. With runners on second and third base, junior Reed Schrosk connected on a big hit that gave him two RBI's and got him to second base. Juniors TJ Tiano and Zack Boots were the scoring runners. Schrosk himself would make it home courtesy of Colton's next batter, freshman Elijah Hagler, who hit the ball between the first baseman and the right fielder. After the third, Colton was up 4-1 against the visiting team.
"I knew the significance of that hit," Schrosk said. "I knew if I was going to hit a base hit, we would score. It felt like a good, solid hit."
Colton scored once more in the bottom of the fifth inning. Facing two outs, Hagler made it to first base because of a Scio fielding error. Junior Joseph Reed connected on a pitch and another error allowed Hagler to make it home, and Reed to get to second base.
From the mound, Colton was solid. After the first inning, starting pitcher Tiano gave up no runs, struck out five batters, and tagged out a runner after fielding a hit from the mound.
"I was feeling pretty good," Tiano said. "I think we're really starting to come together as a team towards the end of the season, and if we minimize our errors out on the field and keep coming together I think we'll be just fine to make the playoffs."
Colton will play Tualatin's Horizon Christian (10-4 overall, 4-2 in the West-Valley League) in a nonconference match up on Monday, April 30 after the Pioneer goes to press.