The Northeast high school baseball team let a five-run lead slip away in the second inning as the Vikings fell to Liberal, Mo. 9-7 in the Northeast baseball tournament championship game in Arma on Monday night.


 

The Northeast high school baseball team let a five-run lead slip away in the second inning as the Vikings fell to Liberal, Mo. 9-7 in the Northeast baseball tournament championship game in Arma on Monday night.
 

The Northeast Vikings batted around and took a 5-1 lead after the first inning and tacked-on another run in the top of the first. However, Liberal responded in the bottom half of the inning. The Bulldogs plated five in the bottom of the second and then three more in the sixth. The Vikings scored just one more in the fourth.
 

Northeast head coach Tim Buche said it has become somewhat of a recurring theme for the Vikings.
 

“We gave them seven unearned runs, and you can’t do that,” he said. “This was the story last year. Our pitchers pitched well and we make mistakes at the wrong time.”
 

Todd Brennon got the start for the Vikings and lasted five innings. He struck out six. Jeremy Sullivan came in for the sixth inning to close the game out. Earlier in the day, Northeast had defeated Chetopa 20-2 to make the championship. Liberal defeated Chetopa, 14-5 earlier that day.
 

Against Northeast, Liberal walked four batters in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage with a double and a single to right field from Cole Scott and Marc Graves respectively. After that however, the offense dried up. Northeast scored on a passed ball in the second and then on a single from Danny Davied. 
 

Northeast struggled in the field. Liberal scored a pair of runs on a single wild pitch in the second. They scored one more on a passed ball to first and then one more on a basehit from Guillermo Rojo.
 

Liberal scored three more in the sixth when Taylor Overman scored Zac Short, and Wade Sprenkel scored Rojo and Overman.
 

“You can’t fault the kids effort,” Buche said. “But you have to make them understand that — let’s face it — we basically gave away a ballgame tonight.”