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Inconsistancy is the best word to describe the Vikings baseball team this season. At times they show signs of brilliancy. At other times they appear dreadful. Sometimes they are both brilliant and dreadful in the same game. For example, last week they took on a tough East Meadow team and played like champions for five innings, cruising along with a 6-3 lead. All of a sudden Port lost whatever it was doing right and had to settle for a heartwrenching loss (7-6). The next day they bombarded Baldwin with 12 runs in the first two innings and went on to an easy win (13-7). Two days later they faced the same Baldwin team and were humbled 13-1.

Eric Knight, Vikings left fielder.

The Vikings (3-6) are in the final half of the season. All the remaining games are against teams in their own conference. This week they play three games with Lawrence (1-8). Next week they take on the conference leader Herricks (6-2) and close out the season with three games against Elmont (1-7), the following week.

The Vikings have three more home games. On May 13 (4 p.m.) they take on Herricks. This will be the best game of the three. Port must take all three games from Herricks to challenge for the conference title. Elmont visits Port on May 13 and 20 at 4 p.m.

East Meadow is one of the leading contenders for the county class A baseball championship. Last week, Port's Brandon Kurz had them on the ropes for five innings allowing just three runs on four hits. Meanwhile, Port hammered away at East Meadow pitching for six runs on 10 hits. Time and time again Port left runners in scoring position; potential runs which could have broken the game wide open. In retrospect, failure to come up with timely hits proved costly. East Meadow rallied in the sixth inning and scored four runs on four hits; all with two outs to take a 7-6 lead. The last two runs coming home on an opposite field hit that barely landed in fair territory. All in all, Port stranded 13 baserunners in the seven inning game. Kunz (2-3) pitched the complete game, yielded eight hits and recorded 5 k's. Hernandez (3 for 4), Kurz (2 for 3) and Knight (2 for 3) led Port's offense.

Port catcher started his first varsity game and was a standout on defense. He allowed no stolen bases or passed balls.

One day after the heartwrenching loss to East Meadow, the Vikings regained their poise and lashed out at Baldwin and won easily 13-7. Port scored 12 runs before Baldwin got into the scoring column. By this time Luis Hernandez had the game well under control and coach Del Gais substituted freely. Hernandez (1-2) pitched the complete game, gave up seven hits and recorded five k's. It was his first win of the season. Mike Katz went 3 for 4 with a three run triple to cap off a 10 run third inning for Port. Adding offensive punch for Port were Knight 3 for 4, Kurz 2 for 3 and Cosolito scoring four runs. Two days later, while Port's spirits were dampened by a steady rain, Baldwin was rejuvenated, enough to extract revenge and crushed Port 13-1. Baldwin scored nine runs in the first two innings, then coasted the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Port managed just three scratch hits. Eleven Port batters were recorded as strikeouts. Three Port pitchers, Shkuda, Katz and Perry were unable to contain Baldwin. It was Port's worst outing of the season; a game best forgotten!
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Herricks 6 2
Port Washington 3 6
Lawrence 1 8
Elmont 1 7



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