The Rowan County Vikings capped off opening week with two big wins at home during Saturday’s Hardin Classic.
The Vikings started off the day against Sheldon Clark. They secured the win late with four runs in the fifth inning to win 7-5 over the cardinals.
The Vikings had seven runs on seven hits. Corey Binion had three hits and went three-for-four at the plate. Shane Taylor had two hits and was two-for-four at the plate. AJ Hacker and Chase Alderman each had a hit.
Alderman had two runs along with Devon Stevens. The remaining runs were made by Binion, Taylor and Mason Moore.
Alderman also pitched four innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and struck out six. Andrew Hankinson pitched two innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and struck out one. Hacker came in relief to pitch one inning. He faced three batters striking out two. He gave up no runs.
The Vikings’ second game was just as closely matched.
The Vikings took on against East Clinton from Lees Creek, Ohio. The Vikings had six runs on seven hits. They edged out the Astros in the seventh inning for the win, 6-5.
Matthew Gagliano and Ryan Mullen each had two hits during the late game. Gagliano had the only double.
Stevens, Alderman and Hacker each had a hit. Mullen and Alderman each had an RBI.
Splitting the mound, Shane Taylor and Gagliano each pitched three innings. Taylor struck out two and gave up two runs on two hits. Gagliano struck out five and gave up two runs on three hits. Corey Binion came in to close. He struck out three and gave up one run on one hit.
The Vikings’ weekend victory put them 3-1 on the season before traveling to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for spring break. The Vikings will take on four opponents from Ohio this week as part of the Cal Ripken Experience.
The Vikings fell 7-1 Monday afternoon in their first game against Chardon, Ohio, and faced Kenston out of Chagrin Falls on Tuesday.
They will return to action after a Wednesday break by playing Rootstown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Westerville North on Friday at 4 p.m. before returning home.