Vandals season comes to an end

The Vandals baseball team wrapped up the season last weekend with a couple of losses to Carlin and Wells.

Assistant coach Ken Sanders said, it was a close score at Carlin until about the fourth inning and a lightning storm suspended play for half an hour. Afterwards, the Railroaders put some numbers up on the board and won the game 11-7. “That kind of took the energy out of our kids, and we committed several errors, which didn’t help,” Sanders said.

The game with Wells was a 7-0 loss. “The Leopards came out strong and it was a day we just couldn’t hit the ball much,” Sanders said. “And when we did hit the Neither team had many hits. Wells only had three and Eureka had four. But the Vandals hurt themselves committing six errors.

While not making the playoffs this year, finishing behind Wells and Mineral County, the Vandals still had a good season with a mark of 12-6 Sanders said. “It was a great season, although I wish it could have lasted a little longer. At the same time I think we advanced a lot more than many people thought we might having lost three players to graduation off last year’s team.” And they did split the league series with both Wells and Carlin.

Eureka losses two seniors from this year’s team, Josh Garcia and Kolton

Anderson, but Sanders said the returning players should constitute a competitive team including five incoming freshmen that show promise.

Wells and Mineral County move into the 1A Northern Division tournament today and Saturday at Smith Valley. Wells (13-11) faces Virginia City (13-4), and Mineral County (29-7-1) plays Sierra Lutheran (12-8).

The two finalists advance to the state tournament at Durango High in Las Vegas May 18-20.

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