Times Staff Reporter
TERRE HAUTE -- A horrific fourth inning doomed any potential comeback attempt for the Northview baseball team, as they fell to a very good West Vigo squad by the final of 12-7. The Knights fell behind early, as the Vikings scored one in the first and two in the second. Northview pulled within two in the top half of the fourth inning, following a solo homerun by Caleb Mason. However, the momentum did not carry over into the inning's home half.
Strong West Vigo hitting, coupled with Northview control issues, led to a disastrous nine run inning, which buried the Knights.
The fatal blow came via three-run triple by Cody Thornton, and the capper via a two-run triple by Tyler Wampler.
Northview Coach Scott McDonald said the struggles of his pitching staff were caused by issues with pitcher control.
"We just walked too many people," McDonald said of his squad, who surrendered 12 base-on-balls.
Down 12-1 and facing a ten-run-rule defeat, Northview put up a valiant fight to stay in the game with a six run fifth of their own. Roy Brown and Andrew Butts each homered in the inning, while Kyle Pestoff drove in three with a two-out double. This would bring the score to 12-7, which proved to be the final tally. McDonald admired his team's resilient effort, but said he needed to see it on a more consistent basis.
"We did a great job in that one inning, but we need to bring that kind of effort the entire game," McDonald said. "This is a state championship caliber team. You take away the walks and we played right with them."
The loss dropped Northview to 8-7 on the season, and 1-1 in conference play. Despite his squad's inconsistency, McDonald expressed great pride in the progress his players have made throughout the duration of the season and said his team is headed in the right direction.
"We are right where we want to be," McDonald said. "We've got to stretch (our play) out and be more consistent, but with a young team, mistakes will happen. We are looking good."
Northview hosts Edgewood on Friday night at 6 p.m.
At West Vigo
2B- NV (Pestoff) WV (Welch), 3B- WV (Wampler, Thornton) HR- NV(Butts, Mason, Brown)