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Vikings rally for walk-off baseball win over Knights

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Northview's Zach Hull (center) tosses the ball to Kodie Girton (left) covering first base as Joey Thomas (right) looks on.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- It's hard to argue with the fact that the West Vigo Vikings just seem to have the Knights number on the baseball diamond.

For six-and-two-thirds innings the Knights looked to be on the verge of claiming their first win over the Vikings since the 2006 season. However, it wasn't to be as West Vigo rallied to score twice before Scott West hit a walk-off three-run homerun to give the Vikings a 5-3 conference win over the Knights.

Starting pitcher Kodie Girton kept West Vigo scoreless over the first six innings and got the first out of the seventh inning via a strikeout of Lucas Fagg. Ryan Crowther was able to reach on a walk, but Girton came back to strike out Noland Flinn after falling behind in the count, 3-1.

With two outs, West Vigo lead off hitter, Dylan Aff hit a shallow single to centerfield before Kyle Stewart followed suit with a looping single to short centerfield that scored the Vikings' first run. Zack Kent reached on a fielder's choice grounder that scored Aff, which set up West for the game-winning home run.

"Kodie pitched very well. His pitch count got pretty high, but he still had great velocity," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "When he got in trouble in the seventh, he said that he wanted to finish. As well as he pitched, I thought it was his game to finish. I am just sickened over the way it ended. I found myself second guessing several things on what we could have done differently."

After getting on the board early, the Knights weren't able to mount much offense against Kent, the Vikings' starting pitcher.

"Offensively, we just didn't hit the ball well at all. We had too many strikeouts, and we missed some chances to really open the game up for us," McDonald said. "We have to get tougher at bats in bigger games. Zach Hull had a big hit that got us on top early, and then we fizzled the rest of the day."

After an obviously difficult loss, McDonald laid the blame with himself.

"We deserved to win that game, it was simply a game of inches on a couple of plays in the seventh," McDonald said. "I apologize to my team, their parents, and our fans that were at that game for not winning that game. That was completely my fault, as I rolled the dice and it didn't work."

The Knights host Edgewood for another WIC match-up on Friday.