Vikings and Scots Ready For Act 1 Of Rivarly

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  Rivalry games are a fixture in athletics.

Even a rain-postponement can’t slow down the excitement of this game as the McKay-North Salem baseball game moved to Monday from Friday afternoon.

For the Vikings (6-10, 2-5 GVC), confidence is high as they look to end the first half of Greater Valley Conference on a strong note against the Royal Scots Monday afternoon following their 8-2 win over West Albany Wednesday to break a four-game losing streak.

Head Coach Chris Lee knows that McKay will be coming out swinging despite their 4-11 overall record and 1-6 record in league as they hope to continue their strong spark from Wednesday’s game.

“We are always looking to build momentum going in a positive, forward direction,” said Lee.  “McKay has improved a lot, having played a lot of teams tough this season. We look forward to the challenge and setting ourselves up for a good second half of league play.”

Improved has the Scots.

Noah Tavera (4) high-fiving his catcher during Wednesday’s game versus Sprague (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Despite their record, the young McKay team, with shortstop Noah Tavera leading the way, challenged the West Salem Titans in a 5-4 loss to start GVC play after leading 4-1 entering the seventh inning and snapped a 20-game GVC losing streak the next game versus West Albany.

For McKay, they know they’re ready for yet another great test ahead for them despite a rain delay that pushed the game from Friday to Monday afternoon.

“They’re our rival school. I know we always competed against them so it’s going to be a tough game,” said Noah Tavera.

“It’s our last game in the half so I think it’ll give us some momentum heading into the second half and I know it’s going to be a competitive game but I think as long as we come in with our heads held up high, we’ll accomplish anything.”

Both teams are looking

What a way to end the first half of the Greater Valley Conference, against one’s rival.

A rival that is only three miles apart from each other.

The first act of this two-part series will be slated for Monday afternoon at 3pm at McKay High School.


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