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Errors sink Viking ship

THORP - Mabton High School baseball coach Kerry Snodgrass is a believer in the fundamentals of baseball, hitting, pitching and catching. Snodgrass believes excelling at those three things will usually lead to success. Unfortunately, the Vikings had problems in all three areas yesterday.

The Vikings were thumped by Thorp-Easton, losing 15-5 behind 12 Mabton errors. Of the 15 runs Thorp-Easton scored, only six were earned.

"It is pretty tough when you don't hit or when you don't play catch to win a game," said Snodgrass.

The Mabton skipper did point out, though, the playing conditions didn't help the Vikings much. Snodgrass said the field at Thorp-Easton was full of bumps and not very level. He said there were some cases where the ball would roll and then hit a bump and bounce over a player's head. Snodgrass said the field conditions made his players a bit gun shy about going after balls.

Snodgrass did point out his team had its fair share of mistakes in the game, despite the pressing field conditions.

Tommy Bonewell saw his first action of the season on the mound, giving up nine hits in three innings of work. Bonewell only walked two and struck out one. Marco Zepeda looked decent in relief, striking out one, walking three and allowing three hits.

Thorp-Easton got on the board with a four-run spot in the first and then blew the game open with a six-run burst in the second inning. Thorp-Easton plated lone runs in the third and fifth innings while mixing in a three-run spot in the fourth.

Mabton had lone runs in the first and second innings before scoring three runs in the fourth. Eli Perez drew a walk to start the fourth inning. Alex Zavala reached base after Thorp-Easton's second baseman misplayed a ground ball. Zepeda then walked, which was followed by Perez scoring off a passed ball. Bryan Gasca had a pinch-hit RBI single. Zepeda scored Mabton's last run off a passed ball.

The Vikings (0-2, 2-3) are off until next Friday, when Mabton will resume league play at home against Glenwood-Trout Lake.

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