The Vikings of Archbishop Wood defeated the Raiders of Archbishop Ryan on Monday by a score of 8-6.
It was a game that started off with some quick scoring thanks to some walks and wild pitches. In the very first at-bat for the Raiders, senior Rob McWilliams led off with a walk. He made it to third with a little help from an error. McWilliams took off for home after a wild pitch, making it a quick 1-0 lead. It was their only lead of the game.
In the bottom half of the inning, the same happened for the Vikings. Senior Kyle McNamee started off with a walk. He ended up making it all the way around the bases, stealing home to tie it up. Senior Mike Ferrara found himself in the same situation. He walked, and ended up stealing home on a passed ball to take the early lead.
The next inning was all the Vikings. They got men on base with three walks out of their next four batters. McNamee came to the plate with bases loaded and hit a hard grounder to the shortstop and it went right through his legs, giving the Vikings another two. Robbie Bailey came up next and got beamed. The Raiders saw enough from their starter. Junior Pat Hasson was relieved by senior Brennen Hatala, who came in to a tough spot and walked the next runner in to make it 5-1 at the end of the second inning.
It stayed like that as the next three innings were scoreless. The Vikings seemed to control this game until the bats started to come to life for the Raiders in the sixth inning. The Raiders started to put the ball into play. After a couple of singles and some help with fielding errors and walks, they found themselves tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Their momentum did not last very long however. A couple of walks and an error later, senior John Gifford found himself walking to the plate with the bases full and a tied ball game. The pitch came on a full count and it was a ball, and he took his free pass to first, with the leading run jogging across the plate. Junior Sam Reynolds came up next and drove it up the middle to give them two more insurance runs.
Junior Bobby Hennessey, who replaced starter Dylan Slowinski in the last inning, came out to the mound again to finish the game. He gave a little scare to the home crowd, giving up a solo home run to junior Hakim Abdus-Salaam, but finished it off in the next three batters, the last two being strikeouts to secure the 8-6 victory to stay undefeated.