t Uncooperative weather taking a toll on NK baseball.
POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings have achieved a rare fete this week — they’ve actually played three games in a row. This year, the weather’s not exactly been conducive to baseball playing, as inclement weather has caused the cancelation of several games.
But this week, there’s been plenty of baseball to go around.
On Saturday, the Vikings hosted South Kitsap, losing 13-3.
Head coach Jeff Weible took some learning and teaching points from the experience.
“We need to hit the ball better and throw the ball better,” he said. “What it really came down to was that we didn’t do any of those things very well. The gut-wrencher of the situation was the game was tied 1-1 in the fifth inning. The game simply got away from the Vikes.”
The Vikes turned it around on Monday during a road trip to Lincoln. The end result of that game was a Vikings win, 22-1.
“The kids just played with class. They played the game and didn’t rub it in at all,” Weible said. Instead, the Vikings used the opportunity to let freshman Jon Hawkins get some experience on the pitcher’s mound. He pitched three strong innings.
Wednesday’s on-the-road game against Bellarmine brought the Vikes back down to to earth. The game began strong — Jamal Smith hit a three-run home run in the first inning — and the Vikes thought they were on the right track for a win, Weible said.
But that was not to be.
Bellarmine managed to rack up nine runs in the second inning. The Vikes weren’t able to recuperate and lost 10-5.
“We gave up a big inning,” Weible said.
Again, the lessons learned will be taken into the last five games of the season as the Vikes fight to secure a spot in the playoffs.
“One of our team’s strengths is speed, and we’re not taking advantage of it,” Weible said.
The Vikings need to change some habits at the plate as well, he said.
“We’re too picky looking for a pitch they can drive and we can’t do that. We need to shorten up, span the zone and protect the plate,” he said.
Weather permitting, the Vikes were to host Bellarmine Friday afternoon. The results of that game — or game cancellation — were not available at presstime.
“To me (the weather’s) been king of the biggest thing. We’re not able to play on a consistent basis. … You’ve got to play baseball consistently to get into a rhythm and we’ve not been able to do that.”