TROUT LAKE - Sparked by a 5-for-5 effort at the plate from first baseman Andrew Tellez, the Mabton High School baseball team defeated the Trout Lake Mustangs 15-8 in the first game of a twin bill this past Saturday.
Trout Lake bounced back to claim a 10-inning, 11-10 decision in the nightcap.
The opening game victory was the first of the season for Mabton (1-3, 1-4). The Vikings are scheduled to host Granger this Tuesday. Tomorrow's non-league game is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
In knocking off Trout Lake in Saturday's opener, Mabton got a six-RBI performance from Tellez. He drove in a pair of runs in the second, sixth and seventh innings. In addition to Tellez's 5-for-5 effort, the Vikings got three hits apiece from Ricky Sanchez, Adrian Magana and Zach Perales. Tommy Bonewell, Mabton's starting pitcher that game and who lasted six innings to pick up the victory, added a 2-for-5 effort at the plate.
The Vikings rallied from six runs down in the second contest to send the game into extra innings. Trout Lake pulled out the overtime affair, however, with a single tally in the bottom of the 10th, thanks to an overthrow that allowed a Mustang baserunner to advance from first to third. On the next play, Mabton's second baseman fielded a blooper and attempted to throw the runner out at home, but he was ruled safe.
In the losing effort, both Perales and Eli Perez were 3-for-5 at the plate. Lupe Campos added a 3-for-7 performance for the Vikes.
In picking up their first win of the season, Mabton Coach Andy Dyer said his Vikings "...really turned up their hitting.
"We're looking like a team," he said.