By Dave Pearce
On Saturday the North Posey Viking baseball team made the long trek to Tell City only to see their three game winning streak snapped after falling to the Marksmen 7-6, in a Pocket Athletic Conference match up. The loss left the Vikings with an 8- 9 overall record, and a 3-3 conference mark.
“Needless to say I was disappointed in our focus, as well as our execution, at Tell City,“ commented North Posey coach Kevin Smith. “We had played well in the six games leading up to this one and I was expecting more from us. Give Tell City credit as they hit the pitches we left out over the plate, took advantage of the free bases we gave them, and they pitched to our over aggressiveness over the last three innings of the game.”
The hosts grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings as North Posey committed three errors in those two frames of play. North Posey bounced back to grab a 5-4 lead after three-and-a-half innings, only to see Tell City knot the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth.
Senior Kyle Voegel got the Viking rally started in the third inning with a two-out single and came around to score on a base hit by Alec Werry. James Marshall drew a bases loaded walk to plate a second run when Jacob Bender, who had walked earlier in the third, scored. In the fourth, North Posey senior hurler Tyler Stolz helped his own cause by leading off with a solo home run. Junior Reed Gerteisen followed with a base hit, later scoring on Voegel’s second hit of the contest. Voegel scored the third run of the frame on a fielder’s choice.
The Vikings plated their final run of the game on Werry single and a ground out by senior Nick Heldt in the sixth inning.
Tell City claimed the win by scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
“Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this loss was the manner in which we allowed Tell City to run the bases on us,” Smith commented. “We simply have to be more aggressive on the mound and behind the plate in controlling baserunners.”
Werry took the loss for North Posey.
The evening before facing Tell City the Vikings traveled to Mount Carmel and claimed a 9-1 victory over the Golden Aces. In doing so, North Posey tallied runs in four consecutive innings to take control and cruise to the win.
Junior Christian Jones limited Mount Carmel to three hits, over six innings, fanning three in the process.
“Our pitching was outstanding against Mount Carmel,” said Smith. “Christian and Michael (Bender) pitched to contact and kept the game pace where we like to have it. Our defense was solid behind them, making the plays we needed to make to stay out of a rally.”
Senior Colton Martin went 2-for-3, scoring three runs, and belting a home run for the winners. Tyler Stolz and sophomore James Marshall were also 2-for-3 on the night, with Marshall tallying two runs in the process. Junior Ryan Gish added a solo home run in the fourth inning for North Posey.
In their second PAC game of the week North Posey defeated Tecumseh, on Thursday, at home, in a six inning contest, 12-2. Senior hurler Kyle Voegel tossed a complete game, striking out 10 and limiting the Braves to only two hits, in claiming the victory.
“Kyle was masterful with his performance against Tecumseh,” noted the Viking mentor. “He threw strikes and pitched to contact from the get-go. Our offense backed him up nicely, allowing us to get the win for him.”
Jones led the Viking attack by going 3-for-4 at the plate, with two runs scored and an RBI added. Stolz was 2-for-3, Jacob Bender 2-for-4 and Alec Werry 2-for-4 in the win.
Tuesday night, North Posey had to battle through two four run deficits in order to claim a 9-8 victory over Gibson Southern, in a PAC game played at Viking field. The Titans had leads of 4-0 and 8-4 in the contest before the Vikings rallied to claim the win.
“Our hitting picked us up in this one, which was nice to see,” the Viking coach noted. “There has been a great deal of work put in to our approach at the plate this season and I was pleased to see it continue. I also thought our players remained patient and confident throughout the game, which proved key when we needed it.”
After spotting Gibson Southern a 4-0 lead through two at-bats North Posey tied the score with a four-run second. A walk to Nick Heldt, a base hit by Tyler Stolz, and a hit-by-pitch to Zach Scheller loaded the bases for the Vikings with one out. Jones then doubled in two runs, Voegel added a sacrifice fly and a Bender base hit finished the rally for the hosts.
The visitors used a grand slam to regain the lead, 8-4, in the fourth inning. However, the Vikings plated five runs of their own runs in the bottom of the frame to take their first lead of the night. Stolz led off the uprising with a walk, Jones followed with a single, with both scoring on a double by Voegel. Jacob Bender then singled, Werry walked, Colton Martin added a sacrifice fly, with Heldt and Reed Gerteisen singling to cap the scoring.
Martin pitched the final three-and-a-third innings to pick up his first win of the season.
North Posey travels to Wood Memorial on Tuesday, April 29, before returning home to face Evansville Central on Wednesday night in a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Vikings will close out the week with a game at Vincennes Rivet Friday.
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