Big second inning leads Long Beach over Barstow in the battle of Vikings

Story and Photo by M. Smith

Val Stammler (center) celebrates with his teammates as he reaches home after hitting a two run home run in the second inning.

A nine run second inning ignited by freshman catcher David  Balboa’s two-run home run led  the LBCC  Vikings against the Barstow Community College Vikings in a dominating victory by the final score of 14-3 at Joe Hicks Memorial Field.

The Vikings flexed their muscles early on as Sophomore outfielder Val Stammler hit a two run homer in the first inning which opened up the offense. Stammler credits their success on the preparation on they put in.

“We worked hard at practice yesterday, we were loose and comfortable today. We were ready to play, had good at bats, and good pitching in the beginning,” said Stammler.

Sophomore pitcher Jacob Alcorn has consistently proved his skill as a talented pitcher this season. Alcorn had an impressive game  on the mound only giving up two hits and 5 strikeouts in his 6 innings of work.

“Our starting pitcher has been pitching well all year, he has a great curveball,” said head coach Casey Crook.

The Vikings were able to rebound after their loss to Orange Coast College and continue their hot start to the season and improve to 5-2.

“After coming off a loss, we didn’t hang our heads down, we lifted our chins up and we gave a strong performance out there today.” Stammler said.

The Vikings have a series of road games leading up to them starting conference play against Chaffey on March 1 at 3 pm at Joe Hicks Memorial Field.