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Baseball: Southland Vikings beat Chicago Zephyrs 6-0

Updated: June 5, 2014 11:07PM



With hopes of being chosen in the major league draft over the next few days, Brandon White’s mind is all over the place.

In taking the mound Thursday night for the Southland Vikings at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, the hard-throwing right hander didn’t let his pro aspirations distract him in the least.

White threw six shutout innings to lift the Vikings to a 6-0 win over the Chicago Zephyrs in a Midwest Collegiate League game.

“Right now I just try to keep my mind off (the draft) and play until something happens,” White said. “It is on my mind a lot. I’m waiting for that phone call (Friday). I’m hoping.”

In his six innings, White allowed just two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He finished in style Thursday, robbing the Zephyrs’ Mitchel Ruh of a hit, catching a screamer back at the mound to end the sixth.

“My off-speed stuff was working. I tried to pitch to contact, let my defense work for me,” White said.

White is a Harlan High School grad and goes to Hill College, a junior college in Texas.

Relievers Justin Freeman and Anthony Spangler combined to throw a hitless three innings. Freeman walked two and struck out three in two innings before Spangler sat down the side in the ninth with three strikeouts.

On offense, the Vikings (3-2) were as balanced. Kendall King led the way with two RBI. Chase Fieldhouse, Steve Letz, Brandon Mallder and Alex Lugo also had RBI.

Letz finished with a double and a run while Stefano Belmonte added a double and a run.

“We’re just trying to play our game,” Letz said. “Play smooth and don’t press when we’re up at the plate. The runs will happen. We’ve got guys one through nine that can hit a double any time up.”

The Zephyrs (0-6) got hits from Greg Sidor and Nolan Bialek.

Southland will play at Chicago at Waubonsee Community College on Friday and Saturday.



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