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March 5, 2014

Long night

Lengthy delay, poor play leads Lowndes to lopsided loss at Cook

ADEL — Missing umpires delayed a game between Lowndes and Cook an hour and 15 minutes on a cold night before a host of errors doomed the Vikings 11-1 in a run-rule shortened game against the Hornets on Tuesday night.

First pitch was scheduled for 6 p.m., but players from both teams were left to warm up in sub-50 degree weather until 7:15 p.m. as the teams waited for umpires to reach to field. The umpires finally arrived, but then only one team looked like they were ready to play.

The cold weather seemed to get to Lowndes as mistake after mistake cost the Vikings early, but coach Danny Redshaw denied that the weather was a factor.

"No," said Redshaw when asked if the long wait in the cold affected his team.

Vikings starting pitcher Cody Harwell and his defense could not keep the Hornets off base as Cook built a quick lead; Lowndes allowed seven hits, six walks, four errors, three wild pitches, a hit batter, and a dropped third strike in just three innings to dig themselves into a 9-1 hole.

Redshaw was at a loss of words when trying to explain his team's struggles.

"We're just not playing good baseball," said Redshaw. "Right now I don't have an answer, we're just not playing good baseball."

Parker Bennett provided Cook's biggest hit of the early innings, as the third baseman went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk in the first three innings, resulting in four RBIs.

While the Hornets' bats took advantage of Viking defensive errors, the Vikings' bats couldn't do much of anything outside of Nick Higginbottom. Higginbottom led off the game with a triple before scoring two batters later for the first run of the game, and the next inning Higginbottom followed that with a double before being stranded at third.

However, aside from Higginbottom, Cook starter Sam Goberdhan was hardly challenged by a Lowndes batter. Goberdhan struck out eight Vikings in the first four innings including striking out the side in both the third and fourth innings while the Hornets built their 9-1 advantage.

Lowndes was able to resist the strikeout in the fifth, however they still could not push across a run, but once again, Cook could.

With two outs and Hornets on first and second, Hunter Harrell hit a single to plate a runner and send a man to third before Lowndes' night ended in fitting fashion, a wild pitch allowed the runner to score from third for the walk-off run rule defeat.

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