SELMA - In a game that took two days to finish, the Kingsburg Vikings defeated the Selma Bears 8-4 in a Central Sequoia League rivalry matchup at Duran Diamond on April 3.
The rivalry contest originally took place on April 2, but due to inclement weather, umpires suspended the game. The Vikings and Bears resumed play the next day.
“It was really hard to start a game like this,” Kingsburg coach Randy Sieger said about continuing the suspended game. “I’ve never done this before, this never happened even when my daughter played. I’ve never seen a game stopped in the middle and taken back up in the same spot.”
In the bottom of the third inning, Selma outfielder Dom Trevino cut the Vikings lead to one run after scoring on error. Shortly after Trevino’s score, heavy rain came down on Duran Diamond and throughout the city of Selma, causing the game to be suspended.
The game got called with Chrissy Wallace on second and Clarissa Moreno on first.
“I felt like we lost a little bit of momentum from yesterday,” Bears coach Chris Tapia said. “We were going into that last inning with a lot of momentum before it started coming down. I don’t know if we started this game with the intensity that we needed to start it at. It’s hard to a game from the beginning in the middle.”
The game continued with one out and Wallace and Moreno on base, but they’ll be left on after Ashley Paz and Hannah Garcia were retired to end the third inning.
Before the suspension took place, Caitlyn Vela hit home run for Kingsburg in the top of the third inning. The outfielder hit a three-run shot that gave Kingsburg a 4-2 lead.
Her twin sister Brianna Vela would hit a home run the next day during the game’s continuation. Brianna Vela’s homer was a solo shot in the seventh inning.
Both home runs from the Vela sisters landed nearly the same spot in center field.
“It’s twin power,” Caitlyn Vela said.
“Twin telepathy,” Brianna Vela said.
The Vela twins had two hits each. Caitlyn Vela knocked in half of the Vikings runs during a 2-for-3 performance. She had four RBIs and both of her hits were for extra bases, which were a triple and home run.
Brianna Vela went 2-for-4 and her home run was the only RBI she recorded for the game.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Selma tied the game 4-4 with a solo homerun from Genna Martinez.
Martinez knocked in three of the Bears’ four runs during a 2-for-2 performance at the plate. Martinez hit a two-run double that gave Selma a 2-1 lead in the second inning.
The Vikings regain the lead at 7-4 in the sixth inning after Caityln Vela (RBI triple), Mia Estrada (RBI single), and Carla Duarte (RBI single) knocked in runs. Brianna Vela’s solo shot extended Kingsburg’s lead to four runs.
In the fifth and sixth innings, Selma left runners on second and first.
“We left too many runners on base,” Tapia said. “Timely hitting. It came down to timely hitting. We didn’t capitalize when we had runners on base and they did.”
Overall, the Vikings out hit the Bears 13-7.
A day later, Kingsburg defeated Immanuel 16-0 to improve to 15-2-1 overall and 6-1 in CSL play. Estrada threw a complete game shutout tossing five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and allowing one hit and a walk. The Vikings scored in every inning in the shorten game that was finished early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
On April 5, Selma defeated Central Valley Christian 8-6 to improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in CSL play. The Bears were down 5-1 until Selma scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 8-5 lead. The Cavaliers scored in top of the seventh inning to make it a one-run game.
As of press time, Kingsburg has sole possession of first place in the CSL. Hanford West and Selma are tied for second place at 5-2 and both teams are a half game up over Dinuba, who is 4-2.
“I feel like it’s going to be a three-way tie for first place at the end here,” Tapia said about the league standings. “They beat them, we beat them, they beat us type of scenario. So we’ll approach every single game like it’s a playoff game and it really is.”
Kingsburg last played Hanford West on Tuesday while Selma played at Dinuba on the same night.
The Vikings will compete at the Clovis Easter Tournament on Saturday. The tournament will take a break on Sunday and it will resume on April 15-16. Kingsburg will continue CSL play on April 23 against Dinuba.
The Bears will host Hanford West on Thursday at Duran Diamond at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Selma will compete at the Tulare Softball Classic. The tourney will take a break on Sunday and it will continue on April 15-16. Games will take place at Tulare Western and Tulare Union high schools.
Selma will continue CSL play at Exeter on April 24. The Bears and Vikings will meet again at Kingsburg for the regular season finale on May 2.