MONTE VISTA — Friday the Center Vikings (3-8-0) took a little ride down Broadway Street to visit Sargent (11-2-0) for a double-header with league implications. The Farmers topped Center in both contests, the first by a score of 12-4 and the second by a 10-1 margin.
Before their meeting with Sargent, Center just recently turned around a five game skid. The Vikings took two from South Park to close March on a high note totaling 3 wins on the season.
Sargent has been riding high since dropping their second of the season to Pagosa Springs on Mar. 17. Since then the Farmers have put together a 5 game win streak, the last two coming at the expense of Cripple Creek-Victor via forfeit.
Friday morning the Vikings struck first when Patrick Mortensen got home to give Center a 1-0 lead. Sargent would answer right back in the bottom of the first. Getting on base after being hit by the pitch, Ryan Davis stole his way around the diamond before taking home plate by storm to make it a tied ballgame. Davis’ four runs on the day would tie for the team lead in runs with Jacob Deacon.
The bottom of the second was where the Farmers separated themselves. Runs from Davis, Hunter Younkerman, and Peyton Brown gave Sargent a 4-1 advantage. Center did what they could to close the gap at the top of the fourth inning. A bunt from Tejay Kemery got Marco Hernandez home and Ismael Palacios batted Marcus Smith in with a single making it 4-3.
However two innings later with a 6-4 lead Sargent broke the game wide open with six runs. Eddie Gonzalez singled to start the action. Jacob Deacon then tripled to get Gonzalez in.
Christian Schaller and Frankie Torrez each took one for the team to load the bases. A single from Chase Mortensen got Deacon in and a double from Younkerman scored Schaller and Torrez. Davis closed the six run rally with a single to bring Mortensen home.
A scoreless seventh would close the game at 12-4 in Sargent’s favor. Unfortunately for Center the second game was all Sargent.
Leading 3-0 in the fifth inning Sargent’s Davis picked up a triple to start the order before being scored by a single from Younkerman. With one runner on base Deacon sent a high floater over the left field fence for his second homerun of the season. Deacon's Friday total of 4 RBI would lead the Farmers for the day. Torrez and Mortensen added runs to cap a 5 run inning making for an 8-0 ballgame.
Center would avoid a shut out in the sixth inning when Marcus Smith batted Mortensen in for the Viking’s first run of the game. Mortensen led the Vikings in runs with three while four of his teammates tied with one RBI a piece.
Sargent and Center are both done for the week. Sargent will be out of action until Apr. 14 when they head west for a league meeting at Del Norte scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Center will stay home the same day when Sanford comes to town for a double-header scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.]