Both teams threatened on occasion for the rest of the day, but both defenses worked well enough that no one would cross the plate.
“We just made the plays when they needed to be made,” Reidy said. “I couldn’t have done it without my defense behind me. First, second, short, third base, infield, outfield, everybody, they all made the plays. The catcher blocked the balls when they needed to be blocked, it was an all-around team effort.”
Back up to .500 on the season, Burnham says his team’s season is looking up.
“We had been in a bit of a tailspin,” said Burnham. “We were falling behind in games. We weren’t getting it done. You lose a couple of games by a couple of runs, then you start to struggle. And we just talked yesterday about a ‘Today is the first day of the season’ type of thing. We came out and had a great pitching performance by Andy. He was fantastic, he kept us in the game, the whole game. Their pitcher, I thought, did a good job. I thought there were a lot of good plays in the game. But it was a pitchers’ duel and we managed to scrape one across.”
“If we keep going the way that we started today, like coach said, it’s a brand-new day,” said Reidy. “We came back from the last game where we struggled. We came back for a new practice, a new everything. Start fresh and see how it goes.”
With his team falling to 3-3, Vikings coach John Parisi is confident in Kuykendall but weary of his offense.
“It was a really good baseball game,” said Parisi. “Connor pitched really well, he pitches a complete game but again, the bats were silent. And that’s been the story of our season. Not to take anything away from their pitcher, he’s a good pitcher, but we are just not hitting the ball very hard. We just weren’t swinging like men, and we’ve got to start.”