Walk-off hit ends Vikings’ season

Mascenic led 3-2 entering bottom of 7th

With a win over Pelham in the regular season finale, the Mascenic baseball team earned its way into the Division III tournament.

The Vikings finished 19th overall and drew a road trip to Pelham for the first round on Tuesday.

And entering the last of the seventh, Mascenic looked as though it would pull off the upset. The Vikings led by one and needed just three outs to advance to the round of 16. But it didn’t happen. Pelham scored twice in the seventh to end Mascenic’s season with a 4-3 loss.

“That was a tough, tough game to lose,” said coach Kevin Rines. “Losing a game like that is hard to swallow.”

The Vikings finished the year with a 7-11 record.

Pelham took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Mascenic quickly tied it up in its next at bat when Chase Holombo laid down a squeeze bunt to score Gordon Wayrynen.

In the fifth, Matt Cyr’s single up the middle gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead before Pelham pushed one across in the bottom of the inning.

Wayrynen tripled in the sixth and scored on Shane Rautiola’s single for a 3-2 edge.

The Vikings had a chance to add a couple more in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and two outs, but could not get the big hit.

Senior Jalen Rines pitched into the seventh before being taken out with the game tied at three and a runner on first.

“He pitched a heck of game,” said Rines. “He got out of some tough spots.”

Wayrynen had two hits on the afternoon.

In the final eight games of the regular season, the Vikings were 3-5, but all five losses came by three runs or less and three came against the top five teams in the division.

“Toward the end of the season, we started playing against some good teams,” said Rines.

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