Charlie Dudley scored the first Viking run by stealing home in the first inning vs. Independence on Monday.

Scott Betterton smiles while leaving the pitcher’s mound after completing a shut-out of Independence.

Monday’s double-header at Independence included some unique achievements for high school baseball, from the stealing of home for the first run of the first game to a complete game shut out for Viking pitcher Scott Betterton in the second game.

Independence won 7-3 in the first game, but the Vikings won game two, 8-0. Scott Betterton held the Mustangs scoreless for all seven innings while providing some of the offense in a 5-run and 3-run inning for VS.

“Scott pitched fantastic,” said coach Henry Bratten. “He had great control of all his pitches and could throw any pitch in any count. And while hitting, Scott has been locked in over the past few weeks. He’s been getting some good swings on good pitches on his terms — what I mean by that is he is looking for his pitch early in the count or fighting off a few pitches until he gets his.”
Going into Monday’s’ game, Betterton, a junior had pitched 10 games for the Vikings with 42Ks, and a 1.78 ERA. He is also among the team leaders in hits and batting average.
In his first year as head coach, Bratten continues the teaching of agressive base-running of his mentor, Jim Struve. That showed in the first inning when Charlie Dudley took off from third as the Mustang pitcher began his wind up. Dudley slid into home plate, safe by a couple of inches as his right foot touched the plate under the catcher’s mitt.
“That’s just something I discussed with the guys one day,” says Bratten. “Sometimes runs can be tough to come by in games, so we need to take advantage any chance we get and we executed it perfectly.”
The Vikings are now 13-16 on the season. They play next tonight at Central DeWitt and return home Friday to host a double-header vs. Marion.

See more photos of Monday’s games HERE.