Kyle Renken keeps his eye on the ball in right field as he nears the right field fence for a big Viking out Tuesday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Kyle Renken keeps his eye on the ball in right field as he nears the right field fence for a big Viking out Tuesday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It was a solid team effort for the Decorah baseball team (4-1, 4-0 NEIC) Tuesday night at Olejniczak field as the Vikings swept New Hampton (2-5, 2-4 NEIC), 3-2 and 3-0.

“We are pleased with the way the guys played as a team tonight in both games and even happier with the results of earning two wins against a quality New Hampton team,” said Coach Adam Riley. “Our pitching and defense were solid throughout the evening and was highlighted by some sound outfield play that lead to some big outs both through hitting our cutoff men and a spectacular catch by Kyle Renken in game one. We were very happy to see Keenan Tyler pitch himself through some challenges and Seth Shindelar made effective pitches to get the save in game one. Cael Luzum was outstanding in game two on the mound.  We want to be more consistent with finding the barrel of our bats with our swings, but we executed when we needed to offensively.”

Opening the evening, the Vikings struck first when Keenan Tyler connected for a single and proceeded to steal second and third base. Cai Brevig’s single scored Tyler and gave Decorah a brief 1-0 advantage after two innings. With two outs in the top of the third, the Chickasaws managed to plate two runs on three hits and a walk with a third potential run thrown out at the plate by Viking right fielder James Marx.

Decorah made some noise of its own with a Briggs Duwe walk, followed by Seth Shindelar getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of third frame. Providing a sac fly was Cael Luzum to score Duwe from second base. Running for Shindelar, Drew Snyder later gave the Vikings the go-ahead run on Tyler’s second single of the game. New Hampton threatened in the final frame with the bases loaded and two outs before flying out to Kody Bodensteiner in centerfield as Decorah won 3-2.

Picking up the win on the hill with five Ks and four hits was Tyler, while Shindelar picked up the save in the seventh inning with two strikeouts.

The Vikings had five hits, with two each coming from Tyler and Brevig. Luzum had Decorah’s other single. On the base paths it was Kody Bodensteiner on fire with three stolen bases.

Scoring the Vikes’ first run was Brady Hogan on a walk and a pair of wild pitches in the third inning. In the fourth frame, Decorah added to its lead while keeping the Chickasaws off the bags with hits by Tyler Thompson and Brody Young to make it 3-0.

Luzum was firing bullets to tally 12 strikeouts in game two and allowed just two hits as New Hampton only had two players reach base.


Light week

Decorah has just one more contest this week as the Vikings travel to Oelwein Friday, June 26, for a doubleheader with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m.