Awaiting the ball at first base is Decorah’s Keenan Tyler as the Charles City player races to the bag safely. The Vikings lost Friday’s district semifinal to the Comets, 7-0, to end the season. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Awaiting the ball at first base is Decorah’s Keenan Tyler as the Charles City player races to the bag safely. The Vikings lost Friday’s district semifinal to the Comets, 7-0, to end the season. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Giving up the momentum in the first innings was too much for the Decorah baseball team to overcome Friday night in the Class 3A District 6 semifinal as the Vikings fell to Charles City, 7-0.

The Comets (9-8) faced South Tama County (6-16) in the district final Monday in Charles City.

Decorah ends the season 12-5.

“While we were disappointed in the result of this game, we in no way were disappointed in the overall result of having a quality baseball season,” said Coach Adam Riley. “Coach Hogan and I can’t say thank you enough to our parents, fans and players for their support during this very unique summer. The end result of this single game does not change the many things that went well for our kids being able to have a chance to play, especially our three seniors to have another chance to represent their school and community.”

Solid defense cannot win games alone as the Viking bats were largely quiet for the entire seven innings. The Comets kicked off the contest with a two-run bomb on two outs by Atticus Parrott. The Comets tacked on three more tallies after Charles City’s Tait Arndt knocked the ball out of the park in the third frame. In the seventh, JJ Ritter pounded out the Comets’ third homer of the game as Charles City tallied their seventh run.

The Vikings had limited base runners throughout the seven-inning contest, as they were issued five walks and Seth Shindelar had the lone hit for Decorah in the bottom of the seventh. 

Shindelar suffered the loss to end his high school career with six innings on the mound, giving up seven runs on eight hits and striking out three. Cai Brevig pitched in relief for the Vikings.

Graduating off the team are Seth Shindelar, Lucas Benzing and Andrew Magner.