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.