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In a roller coaster season, the Vikings kept things exciting along the way, and worked to win

ARCHIVE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Colton's baseball team was hit and miss throughout the season, and at times showed real promise. Colton's baseball season has come to an end, and it was one heck of a ride this season. Under new coach Jason Stewart, the team showed real promise over the course of the season, and nearly made it to the post season.

It was not without its trials and tribulations though. Early in the season, five games total were canceled due weather, lack of officiating, and scheduling conflicts. Getting on the field experience is tough when it seems that fate is conspiring to keep the team watching for better weather.

There was also the matter of the athletes improving their grades. The first game against Scio was a forfeit loss due to a lack of available players. That was definitely not the way the Vikings wanted to get their league season started.

Yet as many setbacks and hindrances as the team encountered, there were always surprises and wins that made you think that these kids might really be more than their record showed. In the second game against Scio, with a full complement of players, the Vikings handled their league foe 5-1. And against the number one team in the league, in fancy new hats and uniforms, they upset Salem Academy 9-7. The spark was always there, it was just consistency that the team needed to really put together a run.

After the Salem Academy upset, Colton dropped its next game to nearby Country Christian 6-8, and lost its rubber match against Jefferson 10-1 in a league playoff game. The Vikings finished the season with an 8-11 record overall, and were 3-5 in PacWest Conference.

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