The Decorah Viking baseball team sweeps a doubleheader with Charles City

Posted: Wed, Jul 8, 2020 10:38 AM
Andrew Magner makes it to third base (Photos by decorahsports.com's Clara Knudson)

The Decorah Viking baseball team took a pair of games from Charles City at home on Tuesday night, winning the opener, 10-5, then taking the nightcap, 12-4.  The victories gave Decorah a Northeast Iowa Conference record of 10 wins and 2 losses--good for second place, one game behind Waverly-Shell Rock.

Decorah's Cael Luzum held the Comets in check in the first game, giving up just one run in five innings.  After trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the 1st inning, Decorah used good base running and several Charles City walks to score three runs.  Decorah added two runs in the 2nd, four runs in the 3rd and one run in the 5th to make the score 10-1 before giving up four runs in the top of the 6th.

Decorah's Tyler Thompson drove in three runs, while Luzum was 2-for-3 at the plate.

In the second game, Charles City again scored first, pushing across three runs in the top of the 2nd inning, but the Vikings came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd.  Decorah scored two runs in the 3rd inning, four runs in the 4th inning and three runs in the 5th inning to take a 12-4 lead that remained the same for the rest of the game.

Parker Hubka drove in three runs for the Vikings, while Seth Shindelar and Briggs Duwe each drove in two.  Seth Shindelar overcame a shaky 2nd inning to pitch well overall, going five innings in all.

Said head coach Adam Riley, "While we had a few innings where we were not as sharp as we would like to be, both pitching and defensively, offensively we exhibited the patience necessary to score runs with a few timely hits."

With Northeast Iowa Conference competition finished, Decorah will now play a few non-conference games while waiting to learn of its post-season assignment.  The Vikings will be in Jackson Junction Wednesday night to take on Turkey Valley and in Manchester Friday night to take on West Delaware, finishing up with visits to Cedar Falls and to Clear Lake next week.

Brady Hogan and Cai Brevig catching the ball
Parker Hubka slides home while Brody Young looks on
Brady Hogan rounds third base on his way home
Kody Bodensteiner slides safely into third base