Lady Vikes sweep White Swan for first wins of season

MABTON - The Mabton Vikings fastpitch club finally got into the win column Tuesday afternoon with 16-1 and 15-0 victories over White Swan.

The mercy rule was enacted after the third inning of play in the opener after Mabton had gone up by 15 runs.

Josie Chase pitched the opener for the Lady Vikes, allowing only one hit, one walk and striking out four batters.

The first three Mabton hitters were given free passes to the bases. Mabton's Diane Valle then singled, which scored two runs. The White Swan pitcher then walked a few more Mabton players before Talisa Sotelo singled and scored two more runs.

The other six runs in the 10-run first inning scored on passed balls.

"The first inning we capitalized on the walks," Mabton Coach Jesus Sustaita said.

To start the second inning, Chase singled and that was followed by two more walks. Valle then hit an inside the park home run, which brought home three more runs. Two more runs would score on passed balls and the Vikings were up 15-1 after two innings.

One run in the bottom of the third was enough to call the game with the score 16-1.

Sotelo went 1-for-2 in the first game. Valle was perfect at 3-for-3 with a home run. Both Sara Sosa and Chase were 1-for-1.

"It was our first win of the season," Sustaita said. "It felt great. We've been working on our offense all year."

It took four innings for the Mabton Vikings to dispatch of White Swan in the nightcap.

After taking a 1-0 lead on a Chase home run in the first inning, the Vikings exploded for 11 runs in the second inning. In this inning Shari Williams singled and hit a home run. Heidi Nunez also hit a shot to left field that cleared the bases. Great hitting and poor pitching allowed the huge inning for Mabton.

Mabton racked up 13 hits in the nightcap. Chase was 2-for-2 with a home run. Sosa was 2-for-2, Valle hit 2-for-3, Nunez was 1-for-2 with a home run, Cecelia Sanchez went 1-for-2, Williams was 2-for-2 with a home run, Jessica Quesada was 1-for-2 and Ruby Perez was 2-for-2 in the second game.

Quesada pitched the four-inning game, giving up three hits, striking out three batters and walking one.

"The girls did a great job," Sustaita said. "This was our last home game of the season and it was a big positive that we needed."

Mabton (2-8, 2-15) will finish its season today when the club travels to Zillah for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.


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