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Falcons can't get past Vikings as Petersburg cruises

Posted: May 4, 2011 - 10:31pm
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Petersburg's Jacob Craig (21) runs back to second base during a pick-off attempt as Thunder Mountain's Ben Bullock (15) attempts to catch an over-thrown ball in the first inning in their game Wednesday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Thunder second baseman Chatham Miller (3) runs to cover on the play.   Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
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Petersburg's Jacob Craig (21) runs back to second base during a pick-off attempt as Thunder Mountain's Ben Bullock (15) attempts to catch an over-thrown ball in the first inning in their game Wednesday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Thunder second baseman Chatham Miller (3) runs to cover on the play.

A six-run third inning broke open a 3-2 ball game, propelling the visiting Petersburg Vikings to a 13-4 win over Thunder Mountain on Wednesday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Petersburg got to work in the first inning after a lead-off single by Sam Volk and a double to the fence in center by Cory Volk. Taylor Pullar flew out to right and Tony Craig struck out, but Jacob Craig stepped up and laced a two-run single to left. Jacob Craig stole second and went to third on an errant pick-off throw, and then scored on a passed ball to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead out of the gate.

But the Falcons struck didn’t waste any time getting back in the game.

Ben Bullock reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the inning, followed by a Jackson Pavitt single to center. Gus Swanton was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Bullock scored on a wild pitch as everyone advanced a base.

A Dylan Johnson sacrifice fly made it a 3-2 ball game after an inning of play.

Pullar led off the third for the Vikings with a single and a stolen base, and then took third on a throwing error before scoring on a fielder’s choice, which also saw Tony Craig safe at first. Craig stole second and third before scoring on an RBI single by Tristan Welton. Kowalski then singled and the Vikings loaded the bases when Kris
Thorsteinson drew a walk.

Sam Volk then hit a slow roller up the middle just under second baseman Dustin Rumfelt’s glove for an RBI single, but the ball rolled past the centerfielder all the way to the fence to score two more runs, with Volk reaching third.

Cory Volk then drove in Sam Volk to chase Pavitt with the Vikings ahead 9-2 after batting around in the third.

But the Falcons weren’t done yet as Thunder Mountain scored two runs in the bottom of the third to cut into the deficit. Pavitt hit a lead-off single, followed by a Swanton single. Pavitt made it all the way to third after Sam Volk bobbled the throw, and Swanton was in safe at second. Xavier Dunn drove in Pavitt with an RBI groundout, and Swanton later scored on a passed ball to make it a 9-4 game after three.

Petersburg went on to add two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

Due to the late start, full stats weren’t available by press time.

TMHS (3-5) hosts Ketchikan at 4 p.m. today in Southeast Conference action.

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