Baseball: Southland Vikings cool off Lexington
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Ties Media June 29, 2014 10:48PM
Updated: August 1, 2014 6:17AM
The Midwest Collegiate League didn’t have a hotter team than the Lexington Snipes, who were visiting the Southland Vikings on Sunday riding a seven-game winning streak.
Lexington’s last loss?
A 4-3 loss on June 20 to who else? The Vikings.
Southland played spoiler again Sunday, defeating the visiting Snipes 10-3 at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in a MCL game.
The victory capped a solid weekend for the Vikings, who won 19-8 Saturday over DuPage County.
“We seem to be figuring things out,” Southland’s Jerry Houston, a Mount Carmel grad, said. “We’re having fun. It’s summer ball, and we’re all here to get our work in. We’re starting to get into that groove.”
After Saturday’s 17-hit performance against DuPage County, Southland picked up right where it left off.
Houston’s double to left field in the second inning brought around Micah Rooke and Chase Fieldhouse and put the Vikings up 2-0. Brandon Mallder and Bobby Sheppard added RBI hits in the inning as Southland capped the four-run inning.
“It was a first-pitch fastball,” Houston said of the double. “I was trying to be aggressive and go for it, especially if it’s there in the zone.”
Rooke, Chris Sujka and Dan Potempa added RBI for the Vikings (10-8), who took a 10-1 lead into the ninth. Southland had 16 hits Sunday.
T.F. South product Kevin Hallberg earned the win, throwing six strong innings of two-hit ball. He allowed one unearned run, pitching around four errors. Hallberg had six strikeouts and three walks.
“I didn’t have my fastball today, so I used my breaking stuff to keep Lexington off balance,” Hallberg said. “With this offense we’ve got, all these guys getting hits, it lets me just go out there and throw strikes. The offense is great, and I love playing with these guys.”
Kevin Poulos threw two hitless innings in relief, striking out two.
Lexington fell to 13-7 with the loss.
Southland returns to action Monday in a makeup game against the Northwest Indiana Oilmen.
“Once we hit and the pitchers pitch with confidence, once that happens you see what happened today,” Hallberg said. “We get wins. We know what we have to do to get on a winning streak.”