Vikings finish with 2-2 record at Lincoln tourney

By Jason Unger

LINCOLN – The Waverly Empire Netting and Fence Vikings finished with a 2-2 record at the Mike Peterson Invitational held in Lincoln on June 28 and 29.

The Vikings opened the tournament with a dominating 16-4 five inning win over Lincoln High on Friday afternoon.

The Viking offense was as hot as the temperature, coming through with 16 runs on 11 base hits.

The Vikings scored seven first inning runs and then added eight more in the fourth.

Easton Hovelsrud paced the offense with three base hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Teammate Treyton Kozal added two hits including a triple, scored twice and drove in four runs.

Sawyer Schroeder added two doubles and two RBI and Jay Adams came through with two hits and scored two runs.

All of the run support led to a win for Ian Steinmeyer who started and earned the victory on the mound. He struck out six and allowed just four hits and four runs in his five innings of work.

After a quick break the Vikings were back at it again this time against Lincoln Southwest on Friday evening.

The Vikings scored 16 runs for a second straight game and won easily 16-8 in six innings.

The story of the game was the play of shortstop Nolan Brown. Brown hit for the cycle and finished with three RBI.

Rhett Jordon had a day, finishing 3-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.

Ethan Kastens added two hits including a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.

Adams earned the win on the mound despite sloppy play behind him. The Empire defense committed four errors behind him.

The Vikings returned to action on Saturday afternoon for a contest against Omaha Burke.

The teams combined for 12 runs in the first two innings and in the end it was Burke earning the 8-6 victory.

After a rough start, starter Ian Lanik battled and worked five-and-a-third innings, allowing seven runs and 11 hits.

Empire finished with eight base hits and was led by Brown and Hovelsrud who each finished with two RBI. Steinmeyer pounded out two base hits and Jordon added a triple and scored twice.

In their final game of the tournament, the Vikings fell behind 5-0 and were defeated by Lincoln East by a score of 6-3.

Seven errors plagued the Vikings.

Starter Treyton Kozal was the victim of the poor defensive play and suffered the loss on the mound.

Treyton Kozal, Thatcher Kozal and Alex Davenport all drove in runs for the Vikings.

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