The Puyallup Vikings have dominated every opponent they’ve faced this season.
Nothing changed as Puyallup (9-0) dismantled crosstown rival Rogers 10-0 on April 8 at Heritage Park on South Hill.
The Vikings scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Lane Griffin tossed 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball to pick up the win.
Puyallup head coach Marc Wiese said the Rams (3-6) beat his team twice during the regular season last year.
“Rogers has had our number a little bit and swept us last year,” he said. “Any time you play against your rival and win that ball game, you’re going to be happy about it.”
Puyallup junior Owen Breithaupt went 2-for-2 to boost his team’s offense.
“Today, I didn’t think we played exceptional by any stretch of the imagination, but the guys were excited about the win,” Wiese said. “We did some good things today.”
The Vikings have allowed just five runs in nine games this season. Wiese credited pitchers Griffin, Jacob Hegland, Tyler McDowell, Luke Heimlich and Brendan Illies for shutting down batters.
“Not a lot of guys have been getting on base against us,” Wiese said. “Our pitching staff has most definitely been one of our biggest strengths. We’re doing really well and are excited about that.
“One thing we have to continue to do is, every time we hit the field, we have to respect our opponent and never take anything for granted,” he added. “That loss to Heritage (2013 state-regional round) left a sour taste in our mouths. Every pitch and every game is important.
“We’ve got a bulls-eye on our back. We have to keep on the gas pedal. That’s going to be our key.”