Sometimes it goes just like you write it up.
The Barr-Reeve Vikings (17-11) got timely hitting, solid defense and seven strong innings from starter Heath Graber — just like they wrote it up.
And when a plan comes together like that, there is a pretty good chance you are going to put a check in the win column — a 4-0 check to be exact, as B-R advanced past Vincennes Rivet and into the Class A Loogootee Sectional title game.
“We did a nice job of making plays behind Heath,” said B-R coach Nathan Lester. “The funny thing is we hit the ball a ton today, but we just hit it right at people.
“We did what we need to do. Heath battled and he kept us right there.”
Barr-Reeve might have had a good idea that things were going to go its way, after Graber got a double-play ball to end a two-on, one-out threat in the top of the first inning. After that it was all smooth sailing for the Vikings.
In fact, after Collin Vieke reached on an error in the second, Rivet would not get another hit until the top of the sixth.
Barr-Reeve’s first hit came in the second when Myron Stoll doubled, but Rivet was able to get a line out double play of its own to end B-R’s first threat.
Cain Miller was the Vikings next scoring threat came in the third with a single that he tried to stretch into a triple after an error, but was thrown out at third.
But it wouldn’t be long before B-R would put a pair of runs on the board. In the bottom of the fourth.
Graber was hit (for the second time), followed but a long double to right from DH Cody Wagler. Graber scored on an Addison Wagler single, and Cody Wagler scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Heath Graber continued to mow through the patriot order, but Brady Mouzin reached on an infield single in the top of the sixth, allow he was never really a scoring threat, as Graber got Chase Allen on a grounder to end the inning,
The Vikings added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Graber singled to leadoff, while Addison Wagler followed with one-out walk. Viking catcher Stanley Kemp then delivered a two-run double to put the game on ice.
“That was some timely hitting,” said Lester. “I had been waiting for one of those balls to fall all day and it finally did.”
Graber then finished off the seventh with a pair of strikeouts, after Rivet put two on to make one final threat of the season.
However, when the smoke cleared, Graber had struck out five and given up just three hits. He was also the only Viking to score twice.
“Heath doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he is smart and he got a lot of guys to roll over on ground balls to the left side,” added Lester. “As a pitcher that is what you want, but as a defense, you have to make those plays and we did that.”
Mouzin also went the distance, but took the loss. He did not strike out anyone, but hit three. The Vikes touched Mouzin for six hits.
“It was a good win for us. We wanted be in the championship game and here we are,” said Lester.
Sometimes it goes just like you write it up.
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