On May 11, the Orcas Island Viking baseball team finished up a fantastic spring season. The Vikings completed their season with 10 overall wins, eight conference wins, and only four losses. After a rocky start with a 1-0 loss to the Friday Harbor Wolverines, the Vikings recouped and vaulted into a six-game winning streak beginning with a 1-2 win against La Conner, peaking at an exceptional 17-4 win against Lopez, and ending with a 6-5 win against Concrete. The Vikings faced a tough competition on May 11 against Friday Harbor, and lost 10-2 to their rival school. This, however, did not stop the players from heading into the much-anticipated playoff games with confidence and enthusiasm.
This year’s team was composed of 15 relatively young players, five of whom were freshman. This, however, allowed for a lot of team development and strengthening. “I think our team as a whole grew as a family, as a unit, and worked as a true machine this year,” explains junior athlete Kyle Masters. The season also led to great improvement for individual athletes, as illustrated by the outstanding home run preformed by Masters at the May 25 game against Shoreline Christian, which the Vikings won 6-18. “Personally, my hitting throughout the season has improved 100 percent since last season,” Masters says. The entire Viking baseball team has much to be proud of this season, and it will be exciting to see what new heights and achievements they will reach next year.