BRAZIL -- The Northview Knights, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A high school baseball, lost their composure and their first game of the season Tuesday night to the visiting West Vigo Vikings.
The Knights committed seven errors on defense while giving up 10 unearned runs in a 13-3, five-inning, 10-run rule loss to West Vigo [8-2, 3-0 in WIC].
"That's the most disappointing thing about tonight. We let those head games get to us and lost our composure and we played like it. We didn't play very smart. I didn't think we were capable of playing that badly," Northview coach Gary Witham said.
Northview [12-1, 8-1 in WIC] must play the rematch Friday at West Vigo without pitcher Nick Wells, who was ejected after a collision at homeplate. A West Vigo assistant coach was later ejected for arguing a call.
Wells will be available for Saturday's Big-4 game with either Terre
Haute South [10 a.m.] or Terre Haute North [12:30 p.m.] at Terre Haute North High School.
"They're a good baseball club. Tonight is tonight and that happens. That's baseball. They have a fine ball club. The only thing I'd say is so do we," West Vigo Coach Steve DeGroote said.
West Vigo's Derick Harden [5-1] Northview to just three hits -- doubles by T.J. King and Ryan Nees and a single by Brady Shoemaker. Northview was averaging over 12 hits a contest.
West Vigo led all the way, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Vikings broke the contest open in the fourth inning, scoring nine runs after two outs. Northview committed six fielding errors, starting with a slow roller back to the pitcher that would have ended the inning.
Northview had two chances to get back into the game, but couldn't get a timely hit off Harden.
In the fourth inning, with West Vigo leading 13-1, Northview loaded the bases with one out. But Harden got out of the jam with a strikeout and a comeback ground ball.
In the fifth, two Viking errors gave the Knights another chance. Again Harden got a strikeout and the game ended with a fly ball.
"We really haven't had any bad games all season. We've had some slow starts. Tonight is the first bad game we've had," Witham said.
"They ran on us like they owned us. Our pitchers couldn't get them out. Our defense was absolutely horrible, our base running was not very good."
Harden and Fowler; Wells, Hughes (4), Shoemaker (5) and Trout. W --
Harden (5-1). L -- Wells. LOB -- WV 4, Nv 5. 3B -- Aff. 2B -- Fowler,
Wheat, King, Nees.
Next game: Northview [12-1, 8-1 in WIC] travels to West Vigo [8-2, 3-0
in WIC] on Friday.