By Dave Pearce
The North Posey Vikings backed up the solid pitching of seniors Kyle Voegel and Alec Werry by pounding out 12 hits Friday en route to a 12 – 1, five inning, victory at South Knox. Voegel went four innings, scattering five hits and striking out four Spartans, to earn the win. Werry finished up for the Vikings by striking out two hitters in his one inning of work.
After a 1 – 2 – 3 first inning, the Vikings grabbed the lead for good by plating four runs in the second stanza. With two outs Viking junior Reed Gerteisen doubled in Nick Heldt with the game’s first run and James Marshall followed with a base hit to plate Zach Scheller, who had singled earlier in the inning. A walk and a South Knox error allowed the final runs of the inning to score for North Posey.
In the third inning Viking senior Colton Martin led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Another errant pitch allowed Heldt, who had a one out single, to score and make it a 6 – 0 lead for North Posey. Werry and Voegel each contributed a two run single in the top of the fifth inning to put the game away for the Vikings.
The balanced offensive attack by the Vikings was led by Martin’s 3 for 4 performance at the plate. Tyler Stolz and Gerteisen each went 2 for 3 on the night.
Viking coach Kevin Smith was pleased with the manner in which his team bounced back from a season opening loss to Jasper.
“Our aggressiveness at the plate was evident against South Knox,” Smith stated. “We put a great deal of emphasis on being aggressive with the bat after our loss at Jasper and I was pleased with how our young men responded. To be effective as a team this year we are going to have to put the bat on the ball and battle at the plate.”
One night earlier North Posey opened their season by facing the third ranked team in Class 3A, Jasper, on the road. The Wildcats struck early and often in claiming an 11 – 1, six inning, win over the Vikings.
North Posey was held to two hits, while striking out eight times in the game. Tyler Stolz and Ryan Gish accounted for the Viking offense with one hit each in the contest. The lone run came in the sixth inning thanks to a throwing error by the Wildcat second baseman.
Despite the defeat the Viking coach identified the opening contest as a step forward.
“Anytime you take on a Jasper baseball team you know you are facing one of the best, if not the best, programs in the state of Indiana. This year is no different, they are going to be a 3A powerhouse and I thought they played like it against us. I liked our approach at the plate through the first three innings, but after that I thought we backed off on attacking pitches,” Smith recalled. “We got four pitchers some game action and were able to learn some things defensively, which will help us as we move through the season. All – in – all we learned a lot about where we are as a team and identified a number of OFI’s (opportunities for improvement).”
North Posey spends the next week on the road playing at Evansville Mater Dei on Wednesday, Evansville Reitz on Thursday, Perry Central on Saturday, and Evansville North on Monday.
By Dave Pearce
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