Waverly Baseball

CLOSE AT SECOND: Waverly shortstop Nolan Brown gets ready to apply the tag to Wahoo-Bishop Neumann-Lincoln Lutheran player Colby Bliss during a game played at Sam Crawford Field in Wahoo. The Vikings won in five innings by a score of 17-3. (Staff Photos by Jason Unger)

FIRTH – The top-ranked Waverly Viking baseball team finished last week with a record of 3-1.

The week started with a dominating 17-3 five inning win over the sixth-ranked Wahoo-Bishop Neumann-Lincoln Lutheran Warriors at Sam Crawford Field on April 22.

A nine-run fourth inning powered the Vikings.

The Vikings scored in every inning and finished with 13 base hits.

Treyton Kozal finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored.

Thatcher Kozal hit an opposite field home run in the second inning and drove in three runs while scoring two more.

Sawyer Schroeder also hit a home run and drove in three.

Zane Schawang finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

Rhett Jordon scored three times against Wahoo-BN-LL.

Starter Ian Lanik earned the win on the mound after allowing one run and striking out six in four innings of work.

The next day the Vikings earned a 2-1 home win against Lincoln Pius X.

Viking Haven Piening scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Nolan Brown drove in the game-winning run.

Jordon finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Starter Maverick Wylder worked six solid innings, allowing just one run and striking out five. Brown worked a scoreless seventh inning to record his fifth save of the season.

After a day off, the top-ranked Vikings returned to the diamond for a contest against the seventh-rated Seward Bluejays on April 25.

The story of the game was the pitching effort of Jonah Reiser. Reiser needed just 70 pitches to earn the complete game victory for Waverly.

He pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits and one run while striking out five.

Schawang, Thatcher Kozal, Brown, Jordon and Steinmeyer all finished with two hits for the visitors.

On Friday, the Vikings saw their 11-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the third-ranked Norris Titans.

Waverly was limited to just five base hits and committed three errors behind starter Treyton Kozal.

Kozal took the loss after suffering four hits and three runs in five innings of work.

Sawyer Schroeder drove in the Vikings lone run.

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