I don't know what you want me to say, BP. Do you really want me to predict NPU's outcomes practically blind?
My info on NPU's two opponents this coming weekend, Spalding and Hendrix, is pretty sketchy. I've looked at their rosters; I'm aware that Hendrix made mincemeat out of a not-very-good Vikings team over the course of three games last spring; and I've also noted that the Warriors opened their season this weekend with three tough losses in Texas. Beyond that, all that I can say is that, as usual, the Park will be facing southern teams that have been out in the open air practicing more than the Vikings have (although our unusually mild winter here in Chicago has allowed NPU to uncharacteristically get in some time on the diamond as well over the past couple of weeks).
My focus has been on North Park's basketball team over the past couple of months, so I haven't really thought much about the baseball team. I did interview Luke Johnson at halftime of a basketball game a couple of weeks ago, so I have a bit of an idea how things are going to look. He feels strongly that the Vikings will have more punch in the lineup and better defense up the middle than they have had the past couple of seasons, but that, of course, remains to be seen. Pitching-wise, a lot of NPU's fortunes will rest on the left arm of Alex Vannucci. If he can come back at 100% after missing last season to arm trouble, the Vikings could be competitive. They'll certainly throw an interesting problem at opponents by starting three lefties every weekend in Vannucci, Brent Kessinger, and James Pagni, if Vannucci's ready to go.
Sorry that I can't give you more than that, but I just don't have much of a feel for the Vikings yet.