Terre Haute South wrapped up a share of the MIC baseball title and finished up the Big Four Classic with an 8-1 victory over Northview in less than 24 hours on Saturday morning.
The Braves finished 2-1 in the Big Four. Terre Haute North went 2-0 and West Vigo finished 1-1. Northview went 0-3. West Vigo and North will be unable to make up the final game of the tourney.
Arriving back in Terre Haute at nearly midnight Friday after beating Lawrence North 5-0 to close out an 11-3 MIC season, the Braves took the field at Northview High School at 10 a.m. and immediately jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Knights. The now 21-6 Braves were command all the way, hammering out 10 hits while playing strong defense behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Logan Ames (3-0).
“It’s a good effort by the kids. It shows their dedication. They could have come out this morning flat and felt sorry for themselves because it was such a late night, but they didn’t. They responded pretty well,” South assistant coach Todd Miles said.
Northview (9-11) committed five errors on defense and managed just four hits.
“We have to be able to catch the ball. We don’t have a team that we can go out and outslug everybody. We’ve got to make plays and give our pitchers the minimum amount of outs that we need to face,” Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
Ames let the South defense work for him. While scattering three hits, Ames struck out just three and walked two before being relieved in the sixth by Pete Lannoo.
“My defense is always there. I just pitch to contact and they do the rest,” Ames said.
“[Ames has] been solid all year for us. He’s given us quality innings all year. You can’t ask anything more from a freshman. [He] pitched to the spot, pitched to contact. But he keeps the ball in play [and] gives our infield a chance to make a play for him,” Miles said.
Lannoo led South’s 10-hit attack with two singles and a home run for three RBI. Justin Jenkins had a double and single in the lead-off position and Cody Brock had two hits.
Peters paced Northview’s four-hit offense with a double. Bo Stewart, Nate Newton and Tucker Stewart each chipped in a single.
South’s Ames was pitching with a comfortable lead all day. The Braves scored four runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a Northview error.
Jenkins led off the game with a double into the left field gap. Jared Wolfe tried to put down a sacrifice bunt, but legged-out an infield single when Northview fielded the ball too late for a throw.
Jacob Johnson’s grounder to shortstop allowed Jenkins to score. A mix-up in the South batting order led to a second out and allowed Lannoo to bat twice – the second time he singled to score Johnson, putting the Braves up 2-0.
Austin Slover kept the South machine going with a base hit to left-center field that scored Lannoo and allowed Slovers to go to second base. Slover scored from second on a single by Cody Brock.
South’s Ames went to the mound in the bottom of the first with a 4-0 lead.
“Anytime time you can jump out with a crooked number in the first inning it relaxes your defense and your pitcher a little bit. It was a good effort,” South’s Miles said.
Northview had a chance to score in the bottom of the first inning when Connor Ganly reached base on an error and Bo Stewart singled into right-center field.
South’s fielders collided at the ball on Stewart’s hit. McDonald had stopped Ganly at third base, then sent him toward home after seeing the confusion in the outfield. South’s Jenkins finally picked up the ball, threw it to Wolfe, who made an on-the-money throw to Tofaute at home plate to get Ganly out.
Northview’s Peters kept South’s batters in check through the second, third and fourth innings. But with two out in the fifth inning, Tofaute turned on a fastball for a home run out left field.
The Braves made it 8-0 in the sixth inning with three runs on singles by Brock, Jenkins and Lannoo and with the aid of two Northview errors.
Northview broke up the shutout in the sixth. Connor Pierce led off with a walk from Ames, then Ganly reached base on a South error. With runners on first and third, South coach Kyle Kraemer lifted Ames for Lannoo.
Northview’s Peters’ grounder to the right side scored Pierce. South’s Lannoo retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Terre Haute South 8, Northview 1
Terre Haute South (AB-R-H-RBI) – Jenkins cf 4-2-2-1, Wolfe 2b 4-1-1-0, Johnson ss 3-1-0-1, Lannoo 1b,P 4-1-3-3, Streeter pr 0-0-0-0, P.Tofaute c 4-1-1-1, Slover rf 4-1-1-1, Clinkenbeard dh 3-0-0-0, Ames 0 0-0-0-0, Herrin 1b 0-0-0-0, Brock lf 4-1-2-1, Shipley 3b 3-0-0-0. Totals 33-8-10-8.
Northview (AB-R-H-RBI) – Pierce lf 2-1-0-0, Ganly 3b 3-0-0-0, Peters p,ss 3-0-1-1, Stewart c 3-0-1-0, Newton 1b 3-0-1-0, Clark rf 3-0-0-0, Moore 3-0-0-0, Harden dh 1-0-0-0, T. Stewart ss, p 1-0-1-0, Ball cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-4-1.
Terre Haute South=400=013=0=--=18
E – Jenkins, Shipley, Ganly 2, Peters, Newton, Clark, Ball. DP – Terre Haute South. LOB – THS 7, Nv 4. HR – P. Tofaute. 2B – Jenkins, Peters. SAC – Shipley, Wolfe. SB – None. CS – Streeter.
Terre Haute South
W – Ames (3-0). L – Peters (5-3). WP – Peters. HBP – None. PB – None.
Next — Terre Haute South (21-6) travels to Bloomington South on Monday. Northview (9-11) will host Greencastle on Monday.