Coach Gary Witham isn't so sure the Northview Knights are as good as their No. 4 ranking in the latest Associated Press high school baseball poll, but after Tuesday's impressive 8-2 victory over West Vigo it is hard to argue against it.
Northview (14-1, 7-0 in WIC) put it all together -- pitching, defense and hitting -- to beat their biggest conference rival their.
Sean Brackney (3-1) scattered seven West Vigo hits while going the distance and the Knights backed him up with a strong defense that committed just one minor error. And John Reberger capped it all with a towering three-run homer over the right field fence in the Knights' six-run sixth inning.
"[This win is] pretty big considering [West Vigo] swept us last year big time. It feels great coming over here and beating them on their field," Reberger said.
Last year Northview started this week undefeated, state ranked and got shut out twice by West Vigo.
"We were pretty anxious about tonight's game, especially after last year. They thumped us pretty good last year and we were pretty good. So I was a little apprehensive. [The Knights] had a great approach all week and a great mental attitude all week, they worked very hard and they deserved to win," Witham said.
Brackney didn't overpower the now 13-2 Vikings. The senior righthander simple let his defense do the job. Brackney struckout just one battered walked two and hit four batters while giving up seven hits.
The game was tied 2-2 going into the sixth inning. Graig Bass led off Northview's half of the frame with a walk, but was out at second on Chase Yocom's ground ball. Cody Crooks singled to put Knights on first and second and Brackney helped himself with a single to bring Yocom in as the go-ahead run.
Jesse Johnson, had two singles and scored one run, hit a fly ball to deep center field to bring in Crooks from third base and Keaton Robertson followed with a single to score Brackney, giving the Knights a 5-2 lead.
"I was so pumped [when Reberger hit the home run]. I'm just excited we won," Brackney said.
Northview had nine hit is the game. Johnson was 2-3 with a run scored and one RBI. Robertson was 2-4 and scored tow runs and Reberger was 2-4 with one run scored and three RBI.
Northview and West Vigo meet again Friday at 7 p.m. at Northview High School.
Brackney and Robertson; Coomes, Eller (6) and Fowler. W -- Brackney (3-1). Coomes.
LOB -- N 5, WV 10. HR -- Reberger. 2B -- Lindsay.
Next game -- Northview (14-1, 7-0 in WIC) will host West Vigo (13-2, 6-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.