HIBBING — The Littlefork-Big Falls High School baseball team’s season came to an end Thursday when the Vikings lost 20-3 to the Cook County Vikings in the second round of the Section 7A Tournament.
The Vikings started Thursday’s game hot, with junior Matt Kennedy hitting a lead-off single into right field.
Junior Cam McRoberts followed up by hitting a home run over the left field wall, giving the Vikings an early 2-0 lead.
Cook responded in the bottom of the first inning when two runners were walked home with the bases loaded to tie the game back up.
In the second inning, the Vikings stranded runners on first and second while Cook advanced one more runner home on a wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead.
The Vikings tied the game once more in the third inning when junior Anthony Cipriano advanced home after sophomore Dale Erickson grounded out.
However, the Vikings’ problems on the pitcher’s mound came to a head in the bottom of the third inning.
The Viking pitching staff could not find the strike zone on the Cook County batters, allowing walk after walk.
Ultimately, this led Cook to a 14-run inning, putting the Vikings into a hole they could not climb out of.
“We started out hot with Cam’s home run, but we just couldn’t find our rhythm on the mound,” said head coach Mason Imhof. “With our season wrapped up, I’m proud of how these guys approached every game. I just want them to remember what they started this year and to build off it.”
The Vikings had no seniors on the team this season, so Imhof said this is a great opportunity to come storming into next season.
“We were able to win some games this season, along with upsetting Chisholm in the tournament,” he said. “It gives the boys something to work towards and I know they’re really excited for next season.”
The Vikings end the 2019 season with a 4-11 record.