WEST TERRE HAUTE — Pitching and defense were the differences Tuesday afternoon in West Vigo’s 6-0 win over Northview. That’s the pitching of West Vigo’s Lucas Fagg and Northview’s poor defense.
Fagg pitched seven strong innings of shutout baseball while improving his pitching record to 4-0 in the combination Western Indiana Conference and Big Four Classic high school game at West Vigo.
“It felt good. I should have got the breaking ball down better than I did, but I made some good fastball pitches. I wasn’t getting the corners as good as I should have been, but I pitched a great game,” Fagg said.
Northview (7-7, 1-1 in WIC) committed five errors on routine plays ranging from four booted infield ground balls to a dropped flyball in the outfield.
“Our defense was pathetic. That’s the worst performance of a Northview baseball team I’ve seen in probably 15 years. There is just no excuse for routine plays being booted against a team we hold to three hits. There is no excuse for that,” Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
Northview outhit West Vigo 6-3, but the errors allowed the Vikings to score four unearned runs.
West Vigo took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on two hits and two infield errors by the Northview infield.
Kyle Stewart led off with a walk and moved to second when Davie Inman reached base on an error. Stewart scored when Derrick Bennett reached base on an error. Inman came home on a single by Fagg and Bennett reached home on a single by Jordan Schaffer.
“When the offense is working like that it’s always helpful to be pitching on the mound with a lead,” Fagg said.
The Vikings made it 4-0 in the second inning when Braiden Cardinal was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored when Cade Lindsey’s flyball in left field was dropped.
“You got to put the ball in play. That’s what the game is all about. And my pitcher did good and my defense made the plays and that’s the difference in the ballgame,” West Vigo coach Steve DeGroote said.
West Vigo’s Davie Inman made it 6-0 in the fourth with a two-run homer over the left-field fence.
Northview threatened to score several times. The Knights had runners in scoring position in the first three innings. The left runners on second and third in the second inning when West Vigo’s Fagg struck out two in a row to end the threat.
In the fifth, the Knights had runners on first and third after a West Vigo error and a single by Craig Peters. But a Fagg got the third out on a foul ball.
“[Fagg’s] 4-0 and he’s pitched very, very well. He throws strikes, keeps it down, has move movement and had some giddy-up on his fastball,” DeGroote said the senior righthander.
West Vigo 6, Northview 0
Northview (AB-R-H-RBI) — Pierce lf 4-0-0-0, Ganly 3b 4-0-0-0, Peters p, ss 2-0-2-0, B. Stewart c 2-0-0-0, Newton lb 3-0-1-0, Moore 2b 3-0-1-0, Clark rf 3-0-2-0, T. Stewart ss 2-0-0-0, Thomas p 1-0-0-0, Ball cf 3-0-0-0. TOTALS (27-0-6-0).
West Vigo (AB-R-H-RBI) — Stewart cf 2-2-0-0, Lindsay lf 2-0-0-0, Kump lf 2-0-0-0, Inman ss 3-2-1-2, Bennett dh 3-1-0-0, Calleja rf 0-0-0-0, Behringer 1b 3-0-0-0, West 1b 1-0-0-0, Fagg p 2-0-1-1, Schaffel 2b 3-0-1-1, Wallace c 2-0-0-0, Blair pr 0-0-0-0, Cardinal 3b 2-1-0-0. TOTALS (25-6-3-2).
Northview 000 000 0 -- 0 6 5
West Vigo 310 200 x -- 6 3 2
E — Moore 2, Pierce, Ganly, B. Stewart, Lindsay, Behringer. DP — West Vigo. LOB — Nv 9, WV 8. HR — Inman. SB — Fagg. CS — Wallace.
IP H R ER BB SO
Peters (L) 3 2 4 0 2 5
Thomas 3 1 2 2 3 3
IP H R ER BB SO
Fagg (W, 4-0) 7 6 0 9 6 0
WP — Fagg 2. HBP — by Peters (Cardinal), by Thomas (Bennett), by Peters (B. Stewart). PB — B. Stewart.
Next — West Vigo (8-2 overall, 2-0 WIC) plays at Cloverdale on Wednesday. Northview (7-7, 1-1) will host Edgewood on Friday.