Vale baseball team drops game to Burns/Crane

Vale's Jason Ponce surveys the infield during a game earlier this season. Burns/Crane defeated Vale Monday and the Vikings will go on the road this weekend to close out the season in Irrigon. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Burns/Crane defeated Vale, 11-5 Monday in an Eastern Oregon League contest.

The loss – only the second league setback for the Vikings this season – pushes Vale down to third slot in EOL standings. The Vikings (8-2) face Irrigon Friday.

Last week, Matt McBride gave up just three hits in seven innings to help the Vikings post a 2-1 league win over Burns April 30.

“This was an old-fashioned pitcher duel. Matt pitched very well and when he got into some trouble he managed to get right back in control with some great pitches . . .