Viking teams double up on wins

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise

VALE – Cody Towers hit a home run and later drove in six runs in the first game of a doubleheader Friday as the Vale High School baseball team used a strong hitting performance to sweep Umatilla.

The Vikings won the first game 14-4 and clinched an 8-1 triumph in the second contest.

The Vikings also collected a big day on the mound from Josh Buchholz, Dawson Eddy and Cody Tower head coach Rick Yraguen said.

“Josh Buchholz pitched game one and he pitched very well, giving up four runs all unearned on two hits and he had 10 strikeouts. Dawson Eddy and Cody Towers pitched game two and both were pretty good,” Yraguen said. “Dawson got himself out of a lot of trouble during the game making some great pitches when he had to.”

Yraguen also said Gage Fortin “had a great day” with six hits while Trace Cummings knocked out two hits and Dillon Kaschmitter pulled the trigger on a big double in the second game.

Cade Perry recorded three hits during the double-header while Marco Gomez finished with three hits and Tanner Hamilton drove in one run and Carson Brown had a hit, Yraguen said.

Earlier last week, Vale faced Weiser and New Plymouth in two nonleague contests. Weiser defeated the Vikings 14-3, and Vale lost to the Pilgrims 7-2.

“Both of these games we did not play very well, with a bunch of errors and not much hitting. Cody Towers and Gage Fortin pitched the majority of the innings and they both did their jobs, we just didn’t help them much on defense,” Yraguen said.

Fortin went three of six during the two games, and Kaschmitter hit his first homerun.

Vale will next see action Friday with a doubleheader at Riverside, starting at 2 p.m.