Senior Cole Svestka makes contact and drives the ball to the outfield.
Senior Cole Svestka makes contact and drives the ball to the outfield.
Another conference split was earned by the Decorah baseball team (5-6, 3-3 NEIC) Tuesday night as the Vikings went 1-for-2 against Oelwein (6-5, 2-2 NEIC). 
In the opening contest, the Vikings fell to the Huskies 4-2. Oelwein struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Decorah came back with one run in the top of the fourth. Oelwein got a run back in the top of the fifth, with Decorah answering in the bottom of the sixth. Oelwein added an insurance run with a solo home run in the seventh.
Decorah had six hits in the game. Dustin Cary had two of them and scored both runs. Austin Ashbacher had a double. Collin Nimrod, Jake Hovden and Bryton Meyer all had singles.
Cary was the losing pitcher. He went all seven innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits.
“We left eight runners stranded. We had opportunities to score, and we left a runner on in six of the seven innings,” said Coach Dennis Olejniczak. “We did play errorless ball, which is a real credit. We had to make the players since they only struck out five times, but we hit them twice and walked them three times.”

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