Kailer McCabe steps into his throw to first in a recent home Viking game. Last week, the senior had three hits against Oelwein. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Kailer McCabe steps into his throw to first in a recent home Viking game. Last week, the senior had three hits against Oelwein. (Photo by Becky Walz)

After picking up five consecutive wins, the Decorah baseball team (7-10, 3-4 NEIC) faltered in a twinbill versus Oelwein Wednesday and New Hampton Friday.

NEIC split

Without a doubt game one versus Oelwein (10-7, 5-4 NEIC) was Decorah’s most well-played game of the year according to Coach Adam Riley as the Vikings defeated the Huskies, 4-1.

“Offensively we executed in our at-bats, ran the bases very well and balanced ourselves through playing consistent defense behind a great pitching effort from Cael Luzum,” noted Coach Riley.

In the first contest, Decorah put up two runs in the third inning to take control. The Vikings took advantage of three singles, an error and two stolen bases to push their two runs home. A solo homer in the bottom of the fifth frame gave Oelwein its lone tally. Tacking on a run in the sixth and seventh sealed the win for the Vikings.

Decorah pounded out 14 hits. Keenan Tyler and Kailer McCabe accounted for three each, while Drake Shelton and Briggs Duwe had two singles apiece. Jace Johnson, Luzum, Ryan Schneberger and Andy Murphy had the other hits.

Luzum collected the win, allowing one run on four hits and one walk, striking out nine.

In game two, Decorah had just two hits, singles by McCabe and James Marx.

Ryan Schneberger took the loss. He threw four innings, giving three earned runs on eight hits. Caleb Keck pitched the final two frames, allowing four runs on 13 hits and one walk, fanning four.

“In game two while our pitching wasn’t at it its best, both Ryan and Caleb did an excellent job of making pitches throughout the evening to give us a chance to play defense and find outs,” said Coach Riley. “Offensively, we did not execute as well as we need to against the best pitching performance we have seen so far this season. It was great to face a high-quality pitcher and we will continue to get better from this challenge.”


On the road again

Friday night, the Vikings traveled to take on Class 3A No. 8 New Hampton (17-2, 9-1 NEIC), falling 3-0

“Unfortunately, we finished second in a very well-played high school baseball game against a very good baseball team,” said Coach Riley. “Coach Hogan and Icould not be more pleased with the effort and process followed by the team tonight to give us a chance to win. Our defense, behind Jace Johnson’s effort on the mound was outstanding. We have hit a bit of a rut offensively like any team will do in a season, but with continued work and trust in each other, we will find ways to score more runs and get more timely hits. As a team, we are just starting to play more for each other and play better team baseball, which is very enjoyable to be at the ballpark and be a part of.”

Senior Ryan Schneberger had the lone hit for the Vikings in the second frame. Shelton was the only other base runner, reaching base on a walk in the fourth inning.

Johnson threw the six innings for Decorah, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out seven.


Up next

This week Decorah hosts Charles City in a varsity doubleheader Wednesday, June 19, at 5 p.m. and travels to Waukon Friday, June 21, for a junior/varsity twinbill beginning at 5 p.m.