Vikings defeat Knights; lead Corner Conference

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By Charm Carpenter

The Corner Conference baseball showdown was held in Tabor last Monday with the Stanton Vikings earning a win over the co-leader of the conference to rank number one, solo.
Fremont-Mills and Stanton each held a 6-1 conference record heading into the game.
The Knights took advantage of a scoreless first frame from the Vikings, and scored four runs to take an early lead, which it held through the second inning.
The Vikings scored one run in the top of the third when Tyler Peterson was walked with bases loaded, scoring Noah Kammerer.
The Knights were held to zero in the bottom of the frame, and the Vikings’ bats came to life in the top of the fourth.
Austin Houston hit a single, followed by a Tanner Anderson bunt that moved Houston to third with a gifted hurdle over the tag.
Kammerer was walked, and Cam Walter doubled, getting Houston home.
Keygan Day doubled and Kammerer and Walter scored, and Donnie Weis singled to plate Day.
The top of the inning ended with a Tyler Peterson pop-fly to center field, and a 30 minute rain delay paused the game, just as the momentum and lead had swung Stanton’s way.
The Vikings held a 5-4 lead as the delay turned into an hour and 50 minutes.
As the game resumed, the Knights added a run in the bottom to tie the score at five, heading into the fifth.
The knot remained through the next two innings, and it looked as if free baseball would be witnessed by the fans.
But the Vikings worked to plate two more runs with a double from Walter that scored pitch runner Logan Roberts with the go-ahead run.
Day’s sacrifice grounder brought in Kammerer and the Vikes ended the top of the seventh two runs ahead.
The Vikings finished the inning with three up, three down and gained the lead in the conference.
Weis started on the mound for the Vikes, pitching 3 1/3 innings, surrendering five hits and five runs, three earned. Weis walked four and struck out five.
Drake Johnson pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, earning the win with one walk and five strike outs.
Walter led the offense, going three for three with two doubles and a single, bringing home two RBI, and scoring one run.
Kammerer scored three runs, and Roberts, Houston, Anderson, and Day each added one run.
East Mills
Colby Royal threw six innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine Wolverines to earn the win from the mound in a 3-0 conference victory for Stanton on Friday.
D. Johnson closed the game out with three strikeouts in 16 pitches.
D. Johnson and Walter hit a double each to lead the bats for the Vikes.
Peterson, D. Johnson and Carter Johnson scored the three runs.
Nic Duysen recorded the loss with seven strike outs and four walks.
Andrew Jackson and Dylan Schroeder each recorded a hit for East Mills.