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Wed. March 6, 2013 | Rodney Page | Email

SEMINOLE — A day after getting shut out by Pinellas Park, Northeast took out its frustrations on Osceola with a convincing 13-3 win Wednesday. The Vikings pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Osceola errors. They scored at least one run in all but one inning.

“It’s nice to see us battle back and swing the bats after running into some good pitching (Tuesday),” Northeast coach Rob Stanifer said. “We’re an inexperienced team that hasn’t played a lot of baseball. We’re learning as we go and we’re getting better.”

Both teams scored a run in the first thanks to errors. Northeast broke it open in the third and fourth innings. Mike Wiley led off with bunt base hit and was moved to third base on a single by Sean Anderson.

Then Osceola starter Joey Favetta was called for a balk, which allowed Wiley to score. Drew Vimond singled home Anderson one out later to make it 3-1.

In the fourth, Northeast (5-4) sent 10 to the plate and scored six runs. After chasing Favetta just two batters into the inning, Northeast knocked around reliever Ethan Wheeler. Chris Clark and Wiley had RBI singles in the inning, and Vimond added an RBI double. Tyler Malinowski relieved Wheeler with two out in the fourth and pitched the rest of the game for the Warriors (3-4).

With his team scoring runs, Vikings starter Cameron Gaskin held Osceola scoreless after the first inning. He worked five innings, gave up five hits and struck out two to earn his third win of the season.

“He just throws strikes,” Stanifer said. “Good things happen when you throw strikes.”

Vimond was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Northeast. Clark and Wiley each had multi-hit games. Buddy Dougherty was 2-for-3 to lead Osceola.

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