Baseball: Southland Vikings quite the hit in win over City Lakers
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 11, 2014 11:34PM
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:15AM
For two weeks, the Southland Vikings have had the so-called “big hit” in abundance.
But as Jeff Boehm showed Friday night, the Vikings can scratch a run across in heads-up fashion.
Standing at third during a Steve Letz popup in foul territory down the first-base line, Boehm tagged up and slid into home head-first for a gutsy run in the third inning.
“The first baseman wasn’t paying attention and you’ve got to notice the little things,” Boehm said. “Just a heads-up play, making sure everyone is in the game.”
The Vikings kept up their torrid hitting, playing small ball and long ball Friday in a 14-4 eight-inning victory over the City Lakers of Michigan City in a non-league game at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
“I don’t have many rules beyond ‘Play every game like it’s your last,’ ” Vikings coach Chris Cunningham said. “That’s all I ask. Play as hard as you can between the lines. (Boehm’s play), definitely good to see from a leader of the team.”
Piling up 17 hits in the win, Southland has scored 121 runs over its last 10 games.
Boehm finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run and an RBI to lead the hit parade. Letz added two RBI. Jerry Houston (2 runs), Dan Potempa and Stefano Belmonte (2 runs) added an RBI apiece in the win.
Chase Fieldhouse smashed two three-run home runs, finishing with six RBI and two runs.
“It feels good (to hit that groove),” Fieldhouse said. “I had an off year hitting home runs (during the juco season), so (it) definitely feels a lot better hitting the barrel.”
Zac Miller threw 51/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in picking up the victory.
Southland’s Midwest Collegiate League game Saturday against the visiting Joliet Admirals was postponed by rain.
Looking to keep up the hot play heading into the second half of the season, the Vikings definitely are in a good place.
“We feel good about this team,” Fieldhouse said. “I wouldn’t doubt anybody on our team in a clutch situation.”