By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
Barr-Reeve loses to Forest Park 4-3
The Barr-Reeve baseball team traveled to Forest Park and gave the Rangers all they wanted, but came up short 4-3.
The Vikings got two runs in the top of the first inning and were leading 2-0 until the bottom of the third when the Rangers scored three runs. Barr-Reeve tied the game on a RBI single by Brandon Graber, but the Rangers scored a single run in the bottom of the inning to go back on top and hold on for the win.
Luke Harmon pitched well for the Vikings but took the loss. Mitch Lampert, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, was the winning pitcher for the Rangers.
The Vikings out hit the Rangers 8-7, and BR did not commit an error while Forest Park had three errors on the day. The hits for Barr-Reeve were spread around as seven of the nine starters had at least one hit each with Shawn Graber and Justin Stoll each having a two-base hit.
Barr-Reeve’s record fell to 2-1 with the loss and the fifth ranked Class 2A Forest Park upped their record to 3-0 on the season.
Hatchets take batting practice at Barr-Reeve 12-2
The Washington Hatchets were supposed to have a very good baseball team this season, and if their first game is any indications, then they will not disappoint their fans.
The Hatchets scored two runs in the top half of the first inning and may have scored more but BR pitcher Kyle Survance was able to get out of the first with minimal damage. After scoring two in the first inning, Washington scored one more in the second and three more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth when BR got on the board.
Alex Portee started for the Hatchets and only allowed one hit to Brandon Graber and struck out seven before giving way to Heath Robinson. The Vikings quickly scored two runs and had the bases loaded with one out when a base running error and a strike out ended the inning with Washington on top 6-2. That would be as close as BR would get the rest of the day. Washington scored five more in the fifth and one more in the sixth to win in by the 10-run rule.
On the day Washington hit five home runs, as they banged out 15 hits and still left 10 men on base while BR had 7 hits and left 7 men on base.
Kyle Survance took the loss for the Vikings, and Alex Portee was the winning pitcher. This was Steve Reed’s first game as the new head coach for the Hatchets and the season looks bright for them as the ninth batter in the line up was putting the ball over the fence.
Barr-Reeve evened their record at 2-2 with the loss and Washington improves to 1-0.