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Vikings fall in Season Opener, 9-7, to Hounds

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DuPage County Hounds and the Southland Vikings both threatened with rallies, but it was DuPage County Hounds that eventually took advantage of them in a 9-7 win at Hap Bruno Field. 

The Southland Vikings had nine hits compared with DuPage County Hounds' eight, but the Southland Vikings stranded 11 runners on base. 

DuPage County Hounds staved off the Southland Vikings as the Southland Vikings were unable to match DuPage County Hounds down the stretch. 

The Southland Vikings scored on a two-run single by Nick Wheeler in the fifth inning, an RBI single by Austin Blazevic, a sacrifice fly by Alexander, and an RBI single by Raphe Gross in the seventh inning, and a two-run single by Jalin McMillian in the ninth inning. Despite their efforts, the Southland Vikings couldn't get over the hump. 

Joe Engel led DuPage County Hounds' offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game. He scored three runs and had one RBI. He singled in the first and fourth innings. 

The Southland Vikings couldn't get anything going as long as Chase Lowman was pitching. Lowman gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked four and struck out seven during his five innings of work. 

Michael Shereyk took the loss for the Southland Vikings. He allowed six runs in four innings, walked none and struck out one. 

DuPage County Hounds closer Austin Lukaschewski put away the final six outs to record the save. 

The lead stayed with DuPage County Hounds after the first, when it scored two runs on an RBI single by Martinez. 

DuPage County Hounds pushed across two runs in both the third inning and the fourth. In the third, DuPage County Hounds scored on an RBI single by Billy Hayes, scoring Martinez. 

DuPage County Hounds tacked on another two runs in the fourth. A single by Joe Engel ignited the offense,, bringing home Zach Girard

DuPage County Hounds matched its one-run eighth inning with one more in the ninth. In the eighth, DuPage County Hounds scored, scoring Joe Engel. 

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