Unlike yesterday’s 3-2 nail biter that was won by the Vikings, this game included 20 runs, 28 hits, and it was Valley who came from behind twice to defeat the Trojans 12-8 and sweep the two games section series.
Derry jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead as Josh Ulery knocked in Antonio Hauser with a single, and starting pitcher Ryan Hood singled in Ulery.
Hood held down the fort until Valley was able to get a run in the top of the third on a two out single to make it 2-1. The Vikings would take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning on a walk, two infield singles, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.
The Trojans however regained the lead in the home half of the fourth as Hood, Matt McDowell and Elijah Penich each singled in the inning and Lucas Ray drew a walk to make it 4-2.
That was the end of the day for Hood on the mound who pitched extremely well in his first outing of the year going four innings and yielding just 3 runs on 5 hits, three which were of the infield variety. He struck out five and walked 3, and was in line to get the win.
The Vikings had other plans, however, as they scored four runs in the fifth and five more in the 6th. Derry tried to keep pace by adding two in the fifth and another deuce in the sixth inning to make it a 12-8 game. Ryan Bushey came in to shut down Valley and finish of the last inning and two thirds as he struck out four of the five hitters he faced.
The Trojans were able to make a little noise in the final inning, but the Vikings retired the side for the victory.
Hood, Ulery and McDowell all had multiple hits for Derry, and Bushey added a double. The Trojans had eleven hits in the game.
Derry looks to get its first win of the season Friday as they host Burrell at 4:00.