GRAND ISLAND – The Waverly Empire Netting and Fence Viking 18-and-under baseball team finished last week with a record of 4-5 while playing nine games in five days.
They started the week with a pair of games on the road against Grand Island on June 5.
The day started off with a 8-0 shutout loss against the Islanders.
The Vikings were limited to just one hit in the five inning loss.
Grand Island scored four runs in the first inning on just two hits, taking advantage of defensive miscues by the Waverly defense.
Nolan Brown secured the only base hit for Empire Netting and Fence and also added a stolen base before getting stranded.
Maverick Wylder started and suffered the loss for Waverly.
The team bounced back quickly with a 10-2 victory in the nightcap.
The Vikings trailed 2-0 after one inning, but outscored the home team 10-0 the rest of the way in a game called after five innings.
Rhett Jordon finished with two base hits, including a double and two RBI.
Jay Adams added two hits and Nolan Brown drove in a run with a double.
Starter Easton Hovelsrud started and earned the win after allowing just two runs in four innings of work.
The Vikings returned home for a doubleheader against the Gretna Dragons on June 6.
Gretna beat Empire Netting and Fence by scores of 9-2 and 7-2.
Five errors cost the Vikings in game one, resulting in a seven-run loss.
The Dragons led 3-2 after three innings, but added two runs in the fourth and then put the game away with four more runs in the sixth inning.
Hovelsrud and Ian Steinmeyer finished with two hits apiece and Hovelsrud drove in a run.
Zach Brunssen started the Empire and was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs in five-and-a-third innings.
Gretna built a 5-0 lead after three innings in the nightcap, leading to a 7-3 victory.
Treyton Kozal finished with three of the Vikings’ six base hits.
Brown and Alex Davenport also each reached base twice for the Vikings.
Connor Johnson, Jared Nielsen and Kaleb Carrillo all worked for the Vikings. Johnson started and took the loss after working three innings.
The Vikings finished up the week with five weekend games in the Omaha Westside/Millard West tournament.
Empire started the tournament with a game against Millard South on June 7.
The Vikings trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for five runs. They added five more in the fifth to close out a 12-4 five inning win.
Brown, Treyton Kozal, Ian Steinmeyer and Sawyer Schroeder combined to finish with eight hits and nine RBI against Millard South.
Reiser started and earned the win on the mound while working all five innings.
The Vikings returned to the diamond immediately after their win to take on Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Sioux Falls took advantage of eight Waverly errors and was able to notch the 11-5 win.
Jordon led Empire at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Treyton Kozal and Jay Adams added RBI’s.
The Vikings got back into the win column on Saturday with a 7-5 victory over Omaha Westside.
Empire trailed 4-2 going into the top of the sixth inning, but rallied for four runs and then added one more in the seventh to pull out the 7-5 victory.
Brown and Adams combined for four hits and three RBI to lead the Waverly offense.
Treyton Kozal started and earned the win while Brown worked an inning-and-a-third to earn the save.
The Vikings played two more games on Sunday starting with a 5-4 setback against Millard West.
Waverly led 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the home team was able to score a run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to pull out the one-run win. The winning run scored on an error committed by the Vikings, one of four by Empire in the game.
Jordon and Treyton Kozal each finished with two hits. Lanik pitched well on the mound for the Vikings, but suffered the loss.
The gauntlet of nine games in five days culminated with a 4-2 tournament win over Bellevue West on Sunday night.
The Vikings scored all four of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull out the win.
The story of the game was the pitching of Jordon who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He pitched six-and-two-thirds while allowing just two hits and two runs. Wylder came on to the get the last out in the seventh to earn the save.
Adams and Steinmeyer combined for four hits and all four RBI.
The Vikings record stands at 12-7 on the season.