After one-day wait, Vikings pounce on Bear River

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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After waiting nearly 24 hours from the originally scheduled start time to get things going in a semifinal game of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament, the Oakmont High baseball team could hardly wait to get started. The Vikings sent 12 hitters to the dish in the opening inning, scoring seven runs before the most of the spectators could even discover that the game had been moved to the JV field. Batting just four times as the game was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule, Oakmont buried Bear River 13-1 to advance to the tournament championship game. Designated hitter Braden Avery was the first Viking to get a hit in the first, and he had two of Oakmont’s five hits in the frame, as his second knock chased home the seventh run. Oakmont’s first eight batters reached safely, with three walks and a hit batter mixed in with consecutive hits by Avery, Tyler Kuresa, Brandon Vargas and Ethan Atkins. The first inning could have been much worse for Bear River, as Kuresa scalded a shot between first and second that was destined to add two more runs before Bruin second baseman Andrew Brooding dove to take a hit away while recording the inning’s final out. The play was one of two spectacular stops by Brooding to end Oakmont innings. Oakmont added a single run in the third, and then put the game away with a five-run fourth inning. The Vikings slapped six hits in that stanza, as Vargas, Atkins, Kory Groves, Scott Schwieger, Cody Carnahan and Purdy all joined in the hit parade. Avery and Atkins were the only Vikings with multiple hits in the 12-hit outburst, but 10 different players had at least one hit. Oakmont (8-7) moved on to face Woodland in the tourney title game Wednesday afternoon.