Errors contribute to NB baseball playoff loss

After holding a three point lead for three innings, the North Branch
baseball team ended their season with a disappointing 3-4 loss at the
section game held May 27 in Andover. The Vikings first inning scoring run started when with two out…

By Victoria Dahlin

 After holding a three point lead for three innings, the North Branch baseball team ended their season with a disappointing 3-4 loss at the section game held May 27 in Andover.

 The Vikings first inning scoring run started when with two out, Dan Ginal hit a single to get on base. Up next, Tony Dahlberg hit a double off the fence to bring Ginal in to score. The throw to home enabled Dahlberg to advance to third. Matt Becklin was then walked to first. Dahlberg scored and Becklin was sent to third on a single hit by Cole Willcoxen. Kyle Grote hit a single to score Becklin.

Unfortunately, the Vikings next batter struck out to leave the runners stranded.


The Huskies’ pitcher made the necessary adjustments to bring the Vikings down 1-2-3 in the next four innings. Becklin and Willcoxen hit singles in the sixth inning but with two outs,  Grote hit a fielder’s choice to end that inning without the Vikings scoring.


 With one out at the top of the seventh inning Matt Bajor and Drew Lundquist were walked. Andover brought in a relief pitcher to strike out the next two hitters which ended the season for the Vikings.


The North Branch Vikings had 3 runs, 6 hits and 3 errors. Pitcher Ginal took the loss.

Coach Steve Christensen stated, “Errors did us in, a few physical mistakes led to more scoring opportunities for Andover. They took advantage of them, and that’s what good teams have to do to be successful.”


The Vikings ended the season 7-13 overall and 4-10 in the North Suburban Conference.

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