MABTON - Mabton batters went hitless in the first game of a league doubleheader with LaSalle this past Saturday en route to a 27-0 loss, in a game that lasted just four innings.
The Vikings didn't fare much better in the second game as they were able to get just a couple hits in a 16-0 loss to the Lightning.
"We were just really nervous," said first-year Coach Andy Dyer.
Saturday's games were the first of the season for the Vikings.
In the first game, Eli Perez started on the mound and was unable to keep the LaSalle hitters in check as the Lightning scored five runs in each of the first two innings.
The floodgates were opened in the third inning as a bunch of fielding errors led to a 16-run frame.
Dyer said the first two innings were probably the bright spot of the game as all the runs in those innings were earned runs.
"Our confidence was really lacking," Dyer said.
In relief for the Vikings, Lupe Campos threw a lone Mabton strikeout.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Mabton was able to keep a lid on the Lightning offense in the first couple innings.
Starting pitcher Tommy Bonewell threw three solid innings, giving up four runs in the first and one in the second, before allowing a seven-run third inning.
Bonewell had a shot to right field in the first inning to keep the Vikings from being held hitless again.
Dyer said he was much happier with his team's performance in the second game because they were able to hang in there with the Lightning and fielded the ball much better.
The Lightning were again assisted by third inning errors. Dyer said that's something his team needs to work on.
"We have a very young team with little experience this year, especially at the pitching position," Dyer said.
The Vikings host Tri-City Prep Tuesday at home. Dyer said that's a team with which he think his team will be able to compete.