Senior Kyle Kane lays into a pitch and drives it deep. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Senior Kyle Kane lays into a pitch and drives it deep. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Following a night of better play, the Decorah baseball team (9-8, 4-5 NEIC) struggled to put it all together in the conference Friday night.

Not too bad
Wednesday night the Vikings hosted North Fayette Valley (11-8) of the Upper Iowa Conference. Decorah started off strong, holding off the TigerHawks to win 7-0.
Decorah started the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. The Vikes added a run in the second, then took care of things in the third with four runs, including a Brady Dawley solo home run.
The Vikings scored their seven runs on eight hits. Collin Nimrod led the way with three hits in three at-bats. He had a double, scored two runs and drove in one. Jake Hovden provided two hits, with a double, and scored one. Dawley had two hits while Kyle Kane smashed a double.
Nimrod was the winning pitcher. He went all seven innings, allowing just five hits and striking out four.
“We did a nice job coming ready to play and producing runs early on in the ball game and then we tailed off and didn’t do a whole lot with the bats at all in our fourth, fifth and sixth innings,” said Coach Dennis Olejniczak. “We did come out and have a nice start in the first three innings, but we waned off in the last three innings. That’s somewhat of a pattern there in that we don’t score as much in the latter part of the game as we do in the early part. That’s something that has to be addressed too.
“Collin pitched a very steady on-top type of pitching, keeping North Fayette Valley somewhat off-balance by getting ahead in the count and being able to locate to his pitches.”

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