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Vikes win season opener

WHITE SWAN - The good news is that the Mabton High School baseball team won its season opener. The bad news is the Vikings didn't get as much baseball in as Mabton skipper Kerry Snodgrass would have liked.

Due to time and player issues, the Vikings won the first game of what was scheduled as a doubleheader, 11-4. The two teams only played five innings. The second game of the twin bill wasn't officially completed. It was called after two innings tied 2-2.

Snodgrass said he saw many of the things he expected to see in the first outing of the year.

"Now we have something to work on," said Snodgrass.

Errors dominated the opener for both teams, as each side committed four errors.

Mabton junior Rey Elizondo had a decent performance in his first outing of the year. He tossed all five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six batters. Elizondo did give up seven walks. Snodgrass said the funny thing about Elizondo's performance was that he didn't throw that many pitches.

"He had moments of good control," said Snodgrass.

The season for Mabton got off to a pretty effective start, as the Vikings finished with a three-spot in the first inning.

Josh Partida started things off for the Vikings with a walk, which was followed by an infield single from Marco Zepeda. Then with two outs, both Mabton baserunners stole a base. Alex Balli then became a one-man wrecking crew for Mabton. Balli had a two-run single and then stole second and third base before coming home on a passed ball.

Balli had a nice afternoon for Mabton, going 2-for-3 at the plate, as did Zepeda.

Mabton then posted two runs in each of the second and third innings before adding another three-run spot in the fourth. The Vikings had an insurance run in the top of the fifth.

The Cougars managed to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the third.

Snodgrass said there were a lot of positives to take out of Mabton's win yesterday. Snodgrass cited Elizondo's pitching and the base running of his team. He also felt many of his players had nice at-bats for the Vikings.

Mabton (0-0, 1-0) jumps right into the frying pan this Saturday, opening league play against LaSalle, which won the District title last year.

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Mabton 3 2 2 3 1 11 7 4

White Swan 2 0 2 0 0 4 3 3

Pitching-Rey Elizondo six strikeouts, three hits, seven walks in five innings.

Hitting-Bryan Gasca 1-for-2. Alex Balli 2-for-3. Marco Zepeda 2-for-3. Andrew Tellez 1-for-3. Rey Elizondo 1-for-3. Ricky Sanchez 1-for-3.

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