MABTON - The Vikings scored in three of the first four innings to take an early 6-3 lead, but it wasn't enough as a seven-run fifth inning for Tri City Prep broke open the game and ultimately cost Mabton the win, 10-7.
Mabton started the game out strong, scoring two runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Tommy Bonewell single. A couple of walks by Prep's pitching and a hit batter led to the two runs.
The Vikings picked up where they left off in the third inning after a scoreless, hitless second. Eli Perez reached base on a single and Anthony Rubio belted a triple to score Perez and Bonewell, who were both on base.
Mabton pitching kept Prep off the scoreboard in the second and third innings.
Perez's second single of the game highlighted a fourth inning in which Mabton scored two more runs, but gave up three to Tri City Prep.
The fifth inning was where the Vikings lost the game. Tri City Prep scored seven runs on multiple Mabton errors.
Coach Andy Dyer said his team had the game in hand until the fifth.
"We had the game under control until the fifth inning. We had a few errors which ended up as unearned runs for them," Dyer said.
The Vikings tried to mount a comeback in the sixth, but were only able to manage another run.
Andrew Tellez belted a double and a couple Mabton batters reached base on walks, but it wasn't enough. Neither team would score again.
"We played really well most of the game," Dyer said. "It was a disappointing loss."
Dyer said his pitchers did well on the mound, but the fielding needs improvement.
"Tommy Bonewell and Lupe Campos pitched really well for us," Dyer said. "Our fielding just lost us the game."
The Vikings (0-3) travel to Klickitat this Saturday for a pair of league games against the Vandals. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.