The Viking nine had their first home game of the season May 2 against the Staples-Motley Cardinals. 

In a game that came down to the last out, Pelican came up short by a score of 7-9. 

Peyton Blakeway got the Vikings on the board in the first inning. After leading the inning off with a double, Blakeway would advance to third on a stolen base before scoring on a Staples error, putting the Vikings up 1-0. 

The Cardinals evened things up in the second inning against Viking starting pitcher Timmy Guler. The game was tied going into the third inning when Staples tacked on two runs on a couple of hits and Guler wild pitches. 

The Vikings would respond in the bottom half of the inning with three more runs of their own. Blakeway again got things started for the Vikings, leading the inning off with a walk and quickly stealing second base. Guler knocked Blakeway in on a solid single to right field. 

Carson McNeal followed with a single of his own, bringing in Guler to tie the game at 3-3. After an Ethan walk, Jack Paulson would put the Vikings in front with a single driving in McNeal. 

Staples got to Guler in the top of the fourth inning, scoring four more runs and putting the Cardinals back in front by a score of 7-4. 

Blakeway came in relief of Guler and did a nice job of keeping the Vikings within striking distance. 

Still, the Vikings entered the bottom of the seventh inning down 9-4 and needing a rally. 

Blakeway yet again led the inning off for Pelican by getting on base. This time on a solid line-drive single to center field. Guler smacked a double to the right-center field gap bringing Blakeway to third base. McNeal reached base on a Cardinal error, plating Blakeway to bring the score to 9-5. A balk moved both Guler and Mcneal up a base before Ethan Sjostrom smashed a double past the left fielder bringing home both runners and putting the score at 9-7. That would prove to be the final score as the Viking’s rally would fizzle and end on a pop-out to the Cardinal second baseman. 

“It was nice to see our guys not give up in the last inning,” noted head coach Andy Johnson, “They continued to have disciplined at bats and that gave us a chance to win despite not playing our best baseball today.” Blakeway, Guler, and McNeal all collected multiple hits on the day for the Vikings. Sjostrom and Paulson also got in the hit column for Pelican Rapids.