The Vinton-Shellsburg Viking baseball team lost two games on the new field turf at Independence on Friday. An 8-inning 2-1 Mustang win preceded a 3-1 victory for Independence, which was honoring it

Blake Bohnsack was out at the plate on this play at Independence.

Blake Bohnsack was out at the plate on this play at Independence.

s five seniors.

While Viking infielders say the new turf was a bit faster, the base runners were the ones who noticed the difference.

“You slide a lot farther,” said Blake Bohnsack, who came in a couple times as a pitch runner, and advanced from first to third in Game 1 before being thrown out at the plate on an attempted double-steal play.

“It looks like they are sliding on linoleum,” said one VS parent.

The Vikings (22-15) wrap up regular-season action on Monday at Oelwein and Tuesday vs. Waverly-Shell Rock. They host Benton Thursday at 7 p.m. in the District opener.

See the VS stat page HERE.

See more photos HERE.