The Vikings went 1-1 for the week, losing to Rogers 10-5, but then bouncing back at home to defeat Monticello 7-5.
Both teams got off to a fast start in the game against the Royals, with each team scoring five runs in the first inning. Unfortunately for the Vikings, that was all the scoring they could get as the Rogers pitcher settled down, shutting out North Branch the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, Rogers put up two runs in the third and fourth innings and added one final run in the sixth to cruise to the win. Fielding was an issue for North Branch, as five of Rogers’ 10 runs were unearned.
Lydia Kuhlman and Emma Hurd each had two RBIs for North Branch, with Madison Helin adding the fifth RBI.
Two days later, the Vikings picked up the win over the Magic by plating one run in the second inning, two in the third and four in the fourth and then holding off a late-inning Monticello rally. Hurd added another two RBIs to her stats, with Lizzy Gladitsch also scoring two RBIs.
The Vikings strung together a pair of nice wins last week, defeating Rogers 4-3 and then topping St. Francis 5-2.
Against the Royals, it was the bottom portion of the lineup that came through, with Noah Schwartzrock and Reed Malterud picking up wins at third and fourth singles, plus wins by the teams of Tanner Wilmet and George Blackwell, and Koby Chouinard and Kristjan Rustan at second and third doubles that put the Vikings over the top.
Two days later, a clean sweep by the three doubles teams paced North Branch to their second straight win. In addition, Thomas Wurdemann and Bradey Swanson picked up tight victories at first and second singles, respectively.
Boys and girls track and field
Although the girls team finished last and the boys team finished third out of five teams on Tuesday, April 16, the Vikings were the true winners of the day as they were finally able to host a meet for the first time in over five years.
For the actual competition, the girls team picked up a pair of firsts, with Elizabeth Woods winning the 300 hurdles and Abby Schulte winning the discus. The girls also got seconds from Debra Thayer in the discuss and Emily Kristo in the 200. Rounding out the top-three finishers for North Branch were Cora Hudella in the 3200, Elizabeth Groen in the 300 hurdles and Hannah Christensen in the pole vault.
The boys team’s top event was the 1600 as Joseph Nihart and Matthew Stuber went 1-2. Cleveland Swan earned the other first-place finish, winning the 100 dash. Swan added a second place in the 200, with Rylen Nelson coming in third in the same event. Alex Puckett (400) and Aiden Bear (800) rounded out the top-three finishes, both coming in third.
North Branch’s pitching woes continued last week as the Vikings lost to Rogers 11-6 and Monticello 16-0.
Against Rogers, North Branch held a 4-3 lead after two innings, but the Royals proceeded to score at least one run in every inning to get the win. Kaleb Bovitz and Mason DeFrance each picked up two RBIs in the game for the Vikings.