(4-28-21) Thanks to the pandemic cancelling last season’s entire baseball season…it would make Niles baseball coach Mike Vota wait until this week to pick up career win #400.

13 was not unlucky for Vota….the 400th win came on Tuesday in the second game of a double-header with Brandywine 13-3. The Vikings win, also 13-3, over the Bobcats in the first game allowed for the special win. The Vikings are currently10-1.

After the win Vota told the Niles Daily Star

“There have been a lot of great players through the years. I think about all the assistant coaches that I have had that helped make this possible.”

Vota is a well respected coach among his peers, in a 2016 South Bend Tribune article, two coaches commented on his coaching –

River Valley coach Jerry Hinman

“Mike is extremely knowledgeable about baseball, but also very personable. He handles the team well, keeping them loose, but getting the players to play hard.”

Berrien Springs coach John Donley

“I’ve always thought his kids played hard for him. Whether they have great talent or it’s a down cycle, his kids always played hard. The players like him and they respect him.”

The 400th Win

courtesy Niles Athletic Department web site

The Vikings Drew Racht was bad news for Brandywine pitchers on Tuesday, driving in four on three hits to lead Niles past Brandywine 13-3 on Tuesday (4-27-21). Racht drove in runs on a single in the third, a single in the fourth, and a single in the fifth.

Niles pulled away with three runs in the third inning. In the third Jude Abbadessa doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, Racht singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, and Cameron Clanton singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Niles would score five runs in the fifth inning. Gage Vota, Cade Vota, Racht, and Clanton each had RBIs in the frame.

Gage Vota started the game for Niles and allowed two hits and two runs over one inning, striking out one.

Abbadessa was credited with the pitching victory for the Vikings. He allowed just two hits and one run over four innings, striking out nine.

Barnes took the loss for Brandywine, going four innings , allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out four.

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Vota, currently the Assistant Principal at Ring Lardner Middle School, has been with Niles Community Schools for a total of 21 years in which he has served as a biology teacher, biology facilitator, Pbl Coach, Assistant Director at Niles New Tech.