Patriots defeat Vikings, 5-2

Aided by a trio of hit batsmen, Patrick Henry scored five runs combined in the second and third innings and held off Evergreen 5-2 in ACME play Thursday at Patrick Henry.

The Patriots scored three times off Viking starter Phoenix VanOstrand in the second to take a 3-0 lead.

After striking out the first hitter of the inning, VanOstrand hit consecutive batters near the bottom of the PH order to put runners on first and second.

VanOstrand almost escaped harm when he got Christian Peterson on strikes for the second out, but Brock Michaelis’ sinking line drive base hit to left scored one run, and a second hit the plate when the ball eluded the Viking left fielder for an error.

Kaiden McGraw followed with another two-out single to knock home the third run of the inning.

Then with two out in the third, the Patriots again dented the scoreboard.

Jordan Moore singled and advanced to second when VanOstrand hit Axel Shanks with a 3-2 pitch.

Jarrett Maas hit a fly to right that turned the Evergreen outfielder the wrong way and fell for a two-run double to bump the lead to 5-0.

Evergreen had chances in the first and second inning, but a pair of double plays on line drive outs allowed the Patriots to keep a zero on the scoreboard until the sixth.

Grant Donnald walked against PH starter Joe Nickels, stole second and rode home on Levi Carson’s line drive single.

Then with two out, Noah Eisel delivered a run scoring double to cut the lead to 5-2.

However, Nickels got a ground out to end the threat and the Vikings went three and out in the seventh.

VanOstrand allowed five hits in four innings of work along with the five runs in taking the loss. Nick Hudik worked three innings of one hit ball in relief.

Nickels struck out five and allowed five hits picking up the win.

The Vikings host Swanton tonight at Simon Field with game time at 6 p.m.