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Winning only one of three games last week, the Vikings continued to dig a hole that may soon bury all hopes for a successful season. The Vikings (2-4) currently trail Conference IV leaders Herricks (5-1) by three games. This week Port is scheduled to play the second game of a two game series against East Meadow (5-1) and two games against undefeated Baldwin (5-0). Both East Meadow and Baldwin are in Conference A II, a technically stronger conference. However, all games count in the standings and in Port's overall Conference record.

Last week, Port split two games with Hicksville, losing the first game at home 7-4 in extra innings, then winning the away game 3-0, before being shut out by East Meadow 4-0. The two losses were the result of super pitching efforts by Shkuda and Hernandez that were negated by poor hitting and less than adequate field support by the Vikings. In seven games to date, not counting a lopsided win over Hempstead, Port has managed to score just 17 runs (2.4 runs/game).

Hicksville Edges Port in Extra Innings 7-4

Port's Aaron Shkuda (1-1) settled down after Hicksville scored a run in the first and three runs in the third and held Hicksville scoreless over the next four innings. Meanwhile, Port scored in their half of the first inning on base hits by Cosolito and Capella. Port scored again in the fifth on an RBI single byKnight. Clamico scored Port's third run in the sixth and Cosolito scored in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game in regulation play. Shkuda's only base on balls in the top of the eighth proved to be his undoing as Hicksville eventually scored the go-ahead run on an error and a subsequent base hit. Shkuda pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up 10 hits and recorded three Ks. Port managed to eke out four runs on five hits (all singles).

Kurz Blanks Hicksville 3-0

Brandon Kurz (2-2) revenged the Vikings' earlier loss to Hicksville with a brilliant three hit shutout. Kurz tossed a complete game and recorded seven Ks. Only one Hicksville runner reached third base. Port scored a run in the second on Kurz's double and an RBI single by Beilensen. Port added two more runs in the fifth on three walks and an RBI sacrifice fly by Katz. Port managed just three hits in the winning effort. Vikings' Eli Stertz anchored the defense with several outstanding plays at shortstop.

East Meadow Beats Port 4-0

Port's Luis Hernandez pitched a three hitter, recorded eight Ks, gave up only three walks, yet failed to register his first win. All four of East Meadow's runs were unearned. Six Vikings errors were crucial in the outcome. Port managed just three scratch hits off of the East Meadow hurler who was equally effective in the pitching duel.

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Herricks 5 1
Port Wash. 2 4
Lawrence 0 5
Elmont 0 5
Correction: I have been informed that Louis Mattice (not Otto Mattice) is pro-tour golfer Len Mattice's father.



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