TROUT LAKE - Good defense will win games. Just ask the Mabton High School baseball team.
Committing just two errors in Saturday's opening game of a doubleheader, well below its season average, Mabton prevailed over Glenwood/Trout Lake, 10-6.
"It was by far our best defensive game of the year," said Mabton Coach Kerry Snodgrass.
The Vikings faltered a bit in the field in the nightcap, though, committing six errors. That led to an 11-6 Trout Lake victory.
Saturday's doubleheader split leaves Mabton with a South Central 'B' League record of 3-5. Overall on the season, the Vikes are 4-8.
In the opening 10-6 win by Mabton, the Vikes plated seven runs in the top of the fifth. A two-run single by Lupe Campos and an RBI single by Ray Elizondo were the key blows in the frame.
Campos finished the game with two hits in three trips to the plate. James Magana added a 2-for-5 effort for Mabton.
In the losing cause, David Hoodenpul lashed three hits in four official at-bats.
Hoodenpul had four more hits in the nightcap to lead Trout Lake to its 11-6 victory. He also had a complete game pitching performance in the twin bill finale.
Mabton forged the early lead on Trout Lake in the second game, pushing two runs across the plate in the top of the first. A walk by Elizondo and Javier Galvan getting plunked with a pitch were the only real highlights of the inning.
The Vikes tallied four runs in the top of the third to take a 6-5 lead. Singles by Elizondo and Magana, the only hits Mabton would get off Hoodenpul, were the key blows that inning.
Trout Lake countered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control of the game.
Mabton is scheduled to play a non-league doubleheader at Tri-City Prep tomorrow (Tuesday), before jumping back into conference play this Saturday at home against Riverside Christian.