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Vikings/Knights split season finale

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Mabton's Rey Elizondo tosses a pitch in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Sunnyside Christian. Elizondo had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of the opener.

MABTON - The regular season finale for the Mabton High School and Sunnyside Christian High School baseball teams mirrored one another, having the same results for both teams-a victory.

Eight errors costs the Knights in the first game, which Mabton won 10-9. Seven errors in the nightcap played a large part in the Vikings' 18-7 loss.

"Of our 14 innings, I thought we played 10 good innings," said Mabton Coach Kerry Snodgrass. "I was really proud of their effort on Saturday."

Snodgrass said both teams were short of players on Saturday, but still managed to put forth a good effort.

Pitching stood out in the first game. Mabton's Rey Elizondo scattered nine hits while striking out nine and walking four in a complete effort.

"He did a great job," said Snodgrass of Elizondo.

His counterpart, Sunnyside Christian's Chad Den Boer, scattered six hits while fanning nine and walking four in a complete game.

Errors, though, were what hurt the Knights in the opener. Five of Mabton's 10 runs were unearned.

"It is kind of the story of our season," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Jeff Bosma.

Bosma said Den Boer pitched well, but Sunnyside Christian didn't play solid defense behind him.

Den Boer's solid effort for Sunnyside Christian ran into some problems in the seventh inning, when the Knights hurler walked three straight batters to load the bases. Elizondo then put up a sacrifice fly ball to left field to score Brian Gasca with the winning run.

The opening game pretty much belonged to Elizondo, who also had a two-run single in the game. Teammate Adrian Magana had two-run double in the first inning for the Vikings. Marco Zepeda had the only multiple hit game for Mabton, going 2-for-4.

The Knights were able to tie the game at 8-all with a three-run showing in the sixth inning. Luke Meininger, John Bosma and Chad Den Boer had back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth inning.

Meininger had a good game in the opener, going 2-for-4 at the plate with doubles in the fourth and sixth innings.

The Knights must not have liked the results of the first game, as they finished up their 2005 season with a dominating 18-7 victory. Sunnyside Christian had 15 hits in the nightcap. The top four batters for the Knights buried the Vikings, accounting for all 15 hits. John Bosma had an outstanding finish to his season, going 4-for-6 with 6 RBIs.

Justin Burgers picked up the win for Sunnyside Christian on the mound, collecting eight strikeouts in 3-2/3 innings.

"They played much better," said Coach Bosma of his team.

Bosma said a big difference in the nightcap was the play of Den Boer at shortstop. Bosma said because a couple of starters were missing he had to play younger players at spots they weren't used to playing. Den Boer pitched in the opener, but the Knights junior was able to help some of the younger players in the second game.

"He really solidified the infield," said Bosma.

Snodgrass complimented the Knights' bats in the second game. Snodgrass said Sunnyside Christian struggled with the curve ball in the opener, but got a bead on things in the nightcap.

"They made good contact," said Snodgrass. "They hit the ball a lot better."

The Knights plated five runs in the top of the fourth. John Bosma and Den Boer had RBI singles in the inning. Jake Bosma had a two-run double and later scored off a passed ball.

One of the better innings for Mabton in the nightcap was a three-run fourth inning, which was highlighted by a two-run single from Gasca, who later scored off a passed ball.

Errors were a factor for Mabton in the nightcap. The Vikes' seven errors led to only four earned runs for the Knights.

Mabton finished its season 1-9 in league, 5-14 overall.

The Knights ended their 2005 campaign with a 2-8 league mark and a 4-12 overall record.

"We spent a year getting used to each other," said Bosma. "Next year, we will be ready to roll."

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E

SCHS 4 0 0 1 0 3 1 9 9 8

Mabton 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 10 6 3

Pitching-Mabton-Rey Elizondo nine strikeouts, nine hits, four walks in a complete game.

SCHS-Chad Den Boer six hits, nine strikeouts, four walks in a complete game.

Hitting-Mabton-Rey Elizondo 1-for-3 with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Brian Gasca 1-for-3. Marco Zepeda 2-for-4. Andrew Tellez 1-for-4. Adrian Magana 1-for-4 with a two-run double in the first inning.

SCHS-Luke Meininger 2-for-4 with a double in the fourth and sixth innings.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E

SCHS 2 0 2 5 3 2 4 18 15 2

Mabton 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 7 8 7

Pitching-Mabton-James Magana five strikeouts, three walks (all in the fourth inning) and eight hits in four innings. Marco Zepeda seven hits, three strikeouts in three innings.

Hitting-Mabton-Adrian Magana 1-for-1. James Magana 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the third inning. Marco Zepeda 1-for-2. Brian Gasca 1-for-2. Ramon Monciviaz 1-for-3. Rey Elizondo 1-for-4.

SCHS-Jake Bosma 4-for-5 with a double in the third and fourth innings with 4 RBIs. John Bosma 4-for-6 with a double in the first inning and six RBIs. Chad Den Boer 4-for-6 with a double in the third inning and 3 RBIs. Luke Meininger 3-for-6.

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