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Lady Vikes go 2-1 at Wahluke tourney

MATTAWA - The Mabton High School fastpitch team, at an eight-team tournament at Wahluke this past Saturday, finished 2-1. But the Lady Vikes didn't place because of the format.

"They played excellent," said Mabton Coach Jesus Sustaita of his team.

The Lady Vikings picked up two formidable wins against 1A schools on Saturday.

In the first game of the tournament, Mabton toppled Wahluke 19-15 in a three-inning game that was called because of the 90-minute time limit.

The Lady Vikings opened the game with eight runs in the top of the first and then scored nine runs in the second. Michelle Tellez had a two-run double for Mabton in the second inning. Mabton finished with a two-run third inning. Wahluke had a five-run first and exploded for 10 runs in the second.

Mabton pounded the Lady Warriors at the plate, out hitting Wahluke 14 to 7.

Both teams struggled defensively. Mabton had four errors while Wahluke committed three mistakes.

Tellez finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. Diana Lopez and Sara Sosa also went 2-for-3, as did Patty Mendoza.

"It was just a hitting game," said Sustaita.

Sustaita said the difference for his team was that the Lady Vikes were able to out hit Wahluke, creating more scoring opportunities.

The Lady Vikes dropped the second game of the tournament, 11-5, to Warden. The game was called in the sixth inning because of the 90-minute time limit.

Mabton had one run in the top of the first and four runs in the second. Warden had a six-run first inning before scoring a lone run in the second and four runs in the third.

Alida Mendoza, Lopez, Jessica Orosco and Josie Chase each had a hit in the game. Mabton finished with seven hits for the game.

Warden had nine hits against Mabton.

Both teams committed three errors.

All three of Mabton's errors happened in the first two innings, said Sustaita.

The last game for Mabton, against RiverView, was perhaps the Lady Vikes' best performance of the day.

Mabton won the game 9-3 behind some decent pitching from Alida Mendoza.

RiverView scored two runs in the first and one run in the fourth off seven hits and one error.

The Lady Vikes had a four-run showing in the first before plating five runs in the fifth. Mabton had nine hits and one error.

"The girls settled down," said Sustaita. "We played defense like we should have."

Patty Mendoza and Alida Mendoza were both 3-for-4 at the plate. Sosa went 2-for-2 while Orosco was 1-for-3.

Sosa had a two-run single in the fifth.

Sustaita said Mabton took advantage of some walks by RiverView to come away with the win.

Walks were a problem for Mabton on Saturday. Mabton's pitching staff gave up 19 walks in three games.

The Lady Vikes (2-0, 6-4) have a huge Greater Columbia 'B' League showdown at Sunnyside Christian this Tuesday.

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