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SOLEDAD — Soledad Aztecs baseball team has set themselves up in a perfect position, as they swept the North Salinas Vikings to stay atop the Mission Division.

After splitting their season series against Stevenson the week prior, the Aztecs placed first in the league. They led the Mission Division with a league record of 10-2 to Stevenson’s 8-3.

This past week, the Aztecs had a match with North Salinas. On paper, Soledad should have had the upper hand against the Vikings. Although North Salinas might be near the bottom of the division, they do have wins over Alisal and North Monterey County.

In game one, Soledad gave the ball to their senior ace Andrew Nichols. He was able to dominate, only giving up three hits in the game with no runs. Soledad won 3-0.

Nichols pitched a complete game, going seven innings with 14 strikeouts.

In game two, the Aztecs pitching staff once again threw off the North Salinas hitters, as they were only able to get four hits.

Soledad’s Vidal Perez went five strong innings while striking out nine. Coming on for the last two innings to get the save, Greg Diaz shut the door on a 4-0 win for the Aztecs.

With two weeks left in the season, the Aztecs had three games this week. They traveled on Monday to Gonzales, where they won 13-1, before returning to league play on Wednesday against the North Monterey County Condors.

Soledad beat the Condors 3-1, and increased their league record to 13-2. Next, they will play NMC again Friday at home.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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