LANSING | After a spring filled with rain, Illiana Christian's Brooke Van Der Aa was just happy to get the Vikings' first home game in without another cancellation.
The Vikings overcame Metro Suburban Conference foe Riverside Brookfield 12-0 in five innings on Tuesday afternoon. Van Der Aa pitched five strong innings for the Vikings, striking out five and allowing five hits. Van Der Aa also recorded a double at the plate and later came around to score in the third inning.
"It's a bit confusing, definitely," Van Der Aa said of the early season cancellations and rescheduling, "but I'm glad we got our first home game in. It's my first time playing here as a freshman. It was pretty nice. I like it. Hopefully we get more games in and not just three."
Illiana Christian (1-2, 1-2) got on the board early with four runs in the bottom of the first. The first four Viking hitters each reached base, with leadoff hitter Jessica Bombino coming around to score on a Katherine Witting single. Witting finished the game 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and one run scored.
"I'm usually a first strike hitter," Witting said. "I didn't really want to wait around. I just hit the ball I guess. I think we're doing pretty good. I think we need to work on a couple fundamental things, but I think we're headed in the right direction."
The Vikings added one run in the second and three more runs in the third, before four runs in the bottom of the fifth ended the day for Riverside Brookfield. Meghan Deckinga hit a three run home run in the bottom of the third to open up the Viking lead to 8-0. Bombino finished the afternoon 1 for 3 with three runs scored.
"I was very happy with the way we played today," Illiana Christina coach Mike Oppenhuis said. "I talked to them about being ready to play and just putting it out there. We have struggled a little bit because it is only our third game. That hasn't helped us at all. I always stress quality at bats. We seemed to do that today, and things went our way."