Vikings baseball squad upsets Point Loma, loses to Francis Parker

The La Jolla Vikings varsity baseball team (7-10-1, 2-2) went 1-2 last week in games against Point Loma and Francis Parker.

The Vikiings opened the week with a come from behind upset victory over Point Loma. Bradley Zimmer tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single. Aaron Steigerwalt drove a two-out, two-run double to left center in the bottom of the sixth to put La Jolla up 3-1. Zac Zlatic followed with an rbi double. Robby Ortiz tossed six strong innings allowing only two runs and two hits, earning his team best third win of the season. Zlatic closed the door in the seventh to pick up his seconnd save.

La Jolla fell behind early once again against Point Loma in the second game of the week, but this time they weren’t able to come back. Zlatic had two hits in a losing effort as the Pointers came out on top 9-4.

The week ended with a tight non-league contest against Francis Parker. Max Needham had an RBI ground out in the first inning to give La Jolla a 1-0 lead. Parker tied up the game in the top of the third. The game remained tied 1-1 until the top of the ninth inning. Francis Parker capitilized on a Vikings’ error to lead off the inning and they cashed in for two runs.

La Jolla staged a comeback in the bottom half of the ninth inning,that started when Zimmer led off the inning with his second single of the game. Robby Ortiz followed with a line drive triple to right field, scoring Zimmer and closing the score to 3-2.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, the middle of the lineup was unable to put the ball in play and Ortiz was left stranded at third to end the game. Jake Linsky was the hard luck loser as he pitched six innings and didn’t allow an earned run. La Jolla resident David Schwarz earned the victory for Parker, as he dominated La Jolla surrendering only two runs on two hits in eight innings of work.

“This week was a microcosm of our season. It’s been an up and down roller coaster ride all year long,” said Coach Gary Frank. “We showed great heart and determination in the first game of the week, and we battled back for a big win. However, we couldn’t match that effort or execution throughout the rest of the week. We are going to continue to work hard as a team to try and become more consistent in our performance.”