The Puyallup Vikings baseball team cruised through the first half of the 2014 regular season undefeated and unchallenged.
The Vikings, who have compiled a 14-0 record through the middle of April, faced their toughest test of the season so far against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles on April 16. The game was a pitching duel between Vikings’ ace Luke Heimlich and Eagles left-hander CJ Blowers. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when Zach Needham blasted a walk-off solo home-run to win it. The Vikings entire dugout erupted with cheers after the most exciting game of the 2014 season to date. Needham said he wasn’t surprised his team met the challenge of a close game.
“I think we adjusted well to the pressure. I thought we put together really good at bats toward the end,” Needham said.
It was the first close game for the Vikings this year, but it won’t be the last. Winning a close battle like they did against Graham-Kapowsin will undoubtedly pay off down the road as the competition improves in the playoffs.
The Vikings are playing under the pressure of high expectations. Before the season began, they were ranked 21st in the nation in the Collegiate Baseball National High School preseason poll. They are the favorites to win the Class 4A state baseball crown in May. Everyone associated with the Vikings baseball program knows what’s at stake.
“Our goal is nothing less than a state championship,” Wiese said in early March. “The 2014 Puyallup team is the most talented group that I have ever coached.”
The Vikings are on the right track. There’s still plenty of season left and they’re running on all cylinders.
Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 email@example.com