The season looks to be an exciting one, as the Vikings head into their first year with new Head Coach Ricky Walker and Assistant Coach Austin Crank. The Vikings will enter their last season of play as part of the Western State Conference before moving to the new Inland Empire Conference for the 2020 season.
This year the Vikings look ready as ever to compete for a top spot in the conference and make a playoff run. Returning three All Conference players and ten sophomores, on top of the most talented freshman class in the five years Coach Walker has been here, the Vikings have the experience and leadership on and off the field to compete at the top.
The Vikings will look to team captains Judah Wilbur (INF/CO), Adrian Trujillo (C/CO), and Jason Katz (LHP/AZ) to lead the charge. All three were all conference selections and Wilbur was the 1st All So Cal Team Selection in recent Barstow history. Sophomores Alfred Delsangro (1B/NV), Jathan Sibal (INF/NV), Josh Torrance (OF/CA), Matt Vanderberg (OF/NV) and Eli Zapata (LHP/CA) will be relied on heavily to be impact players.
The Viking Freshman will be a be part of this years success. The addition of Richard Esquivel (C/TX) will give the Vikings the talented depth needed behind the plate. Jack McLaughlin (INF/CO) Evan Kerlin (1B/CO), Sam Smith (INF/WI), Kagen Kennedy (OF/NV) and Alex Pena (INF/NM), and George Hanach (C/NV) will a be big presence at the plate. While Nick Stevens (OF/UT), and Nick Caswell (INF/CO) bring tremendous speed options to the Viking lineup.
On the mound the Vikings will be lead by Sophomores Jason Katz, Eli Zapata, and Nyk Crumrine (RHP/CO) Impact freshman pitchers Gredan Velasquez (LHP/CA), Jorge Medrano (LHP/CA), Bryce Hodges (RHP/CO), Pablo Montante (RHP, TX), Jake Kissell (RHP/CO), Tristan Ammerman (RHP/CO), and Noah Kelley (RHP/NV) look to provide impactful innings to lead the Vikings to victory
"This will be an exciting year. I believe that we have the talent and depth needed to be successful. We have worked tremendously hard through the offseason focusing on simplicity increasing effectiveness, playing catch, throwing strikes, and understand what we are doing at the plate. We are bigger, stronger and faster than we have ever been. This year will be a grind and there are no easy wins, but we are ready to embrace the grind and go to battle together against anyone. I couldn't be more excited for this group of young men and be more blessed to lead the Vikings this year as their head Coach." --Coach Walker