Decorah’s Drew Snyder watches the pitch come to him at a recent road contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Decorah’s Drew Snyder watches the pitch come to him at a recent road contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Following two cancelled contests Friday and Monday, the Decorah baseball team (12-4) got back on the field Tuesday at Clear Lake (9-7), winning the nonconference tussle, 4-1.

“Anytime you pitch and play good defense as a team, you have a chance to win,” said Coach Adam Riley. “We were able to overcome some poor at-bats, getting great pitching performances from Seth (Shindelar), Cai (Brevig) and Keenan (Tyler) backed by sound defense.  We are looking forward to getting back to more focused at-bats in which we execute much better at the plate before Friday’s district game with Charles City.” 

Through the first four frames the Vikings were primarily kept off the base paths, except for Briggs Duwe’s opening walk. While Clear Lake found numerous ways to reach base during the same stretch, Decorah’s defense managed to keep runs from scoring until the fourth frame.

A two-out double by Andrew Magner led to the Vikings evening the score at 1-1 when Cai Brevig singled to center field in the top of the fifth inning. The Lions threatened to score again in the sixth with two base runners before Decorah retired the side.

Back-to-back walks issued to Keenan Tyler and Drew Snyder gave the Vikings a 3-1 lead when Parker Hubka doubled. The staunch Decorah defense did its job in the bottom half of the final frame to hold on for the win.

Going two innings and giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out one for the win was Brevig. Also on the hill for Decorah were Seth Shindelar and Keenan Tyler.

Decorah had four hits in the contest, including doubles by Magner and Hubka, while Brevig knocked out two singles.


District action Friday

With the regular season now complete, a new season begins for the Vikings as Class 3A District 6 action begins Friday, July 17, versus Charles City at Olejniczak Field in Decorah at 7 p.m. A win puts Decorah in the final versus either Waverly-Shell Rock or South Tama, Monday, July 20, at Hertel Field on the Wartburg College Campus in Waverly at 7 p.m.