Senior night went according to plan for the Puyallup Vikings baseball team.
Vikings’ junior catcher Brendan Illies smashed a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth and the Vikings (19-0) walked away with a 6-1 victory against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars (9-9) on May 1 at Heritage Park in Puyallup. Emerald Ridge kept the game close for the first 51/2 innings but Illies’ homer in the sixth put the game out of reach. Illies was happy the seniors won their final regular season home game.
“It is something special. I can’t imagine anything different for those guys on senior night. They are just like brothers to me,” Illies said. “It was a good send-off for all of us to win this game tonight.”
Puyallup ace Luke Heimlich fanned 11 Jaguars batters in seven innings of work on the hill. Emerald Ridge’s Chad Martinson went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Vikings’ head coach Marc Wiese said his team was amped up for the Jaguars on senior night.
“I think playing Emerald Ridge or Rogers, there is a little extra emotion. We knew it was going to be a battle with Emerald Ridge. (Emerald Ridge head coach) Larry Marshall has done a great job with that group,” Wiese said. “They battled us today and we needed that. We need to play in those types of games. It gave us an opportunity for Brendan Illies to come up and hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. We’re going to have to make the plays in tight games like we did tonight.”
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