MABTON - An explosion at the plate, as well as a couple of nifty pitching performances by Zach Peralez and Tommy Bonewell, led to the Mabton High School baseball team claiming a pair of 8-3 and 16-6 victories over the visiting Klickitat Vandals yesterday afternoon.
The twin bill sweep improved the Vikings' 'B' league record to 3-5, 5-7 overall on the season.
In the opening 8-3 win, Mabton Coach Andy Dyer praised his team's defensive efforts.
"Defensively, we were outstanding," he said. "We committed one error, which did not result in a run."
Dyer also praised the efforts of catcher Angelo Salinas, who threw four Klickitat base runners out in the opening contest.
Peralez got the start atop the hill in the opener, and picked up the victory by yielding just two runs in four innings of work. Lupe Campos worked the mound for the final three innings and earned the save.
Mabton's big inning the first game, offensively speaking, came in the bottom of the fifth. The Vikings pushed four runs across the plate that frame, thanks to singles by Adrian Magana, Lupe Campos and Peralez, as well as a double by Eli Perez.
The Vikings took the first game lead with a three-run burst in the bottom of the third. Magana, Salinas and Perez all singled, and Peralez socked a double.
Magana finished the opener with four singles.
In game two, the contest was called after the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
"We had a great hitting game," said Dyer. "We gave up five unearned runs in the fifth inning, but came back and 10-runned them in the sixth."
The offensive stars for Mabton in game two included Magana with two singles and a double, Campos with a triple, double and single, Peralez and Perez with three singles apiece, Anthony Rubio with a single and double, and Tommy Bonewell with a single and double.
Bonewell also picked up the victory from atop the mound, pitching all six innings of the game for the Vikings.
Mabton is scheduled to host another league doubleheader this coming Friday, against Riverside Christian.