Through five innings, the Vikings held a 3-0 lead, but the offense hadn’t completely clicked, but that was about to change. Barr-Reeve scored four runs on three hits and two Loogootee errors.
Chestnut extended the lead to 5-0 with a two-run double in the left center field gap, and she came around to score on a dropped flyball by Lions’ secondbasemen Emma Graber. Jenna Knepp added an RBI single to push the lead to 7-0.
“We didn’t have it today,” said Loogootee coach Greg Clark. “Hitting, pitching, fielding, we just didn’t have it tonight. Not sure why it should be an easy game to get up for.”
In the top of the seventh, Barr-Reeve loaded the bases with two singles and the third Loogootee error of the game to set the stage for Chestnut. She was mobbed at the plate by her older sister ¬ senior Alexis Chestnut and the rest of her teammates when the reality set in that the Vikings had accomplished its goal of a sectional championship.
“This means so much, we haven’t won it since 2004,” Chestnut said. “Winning it for these seniors is just awesome, because they have done so much, and my sister is one of the seniors, so it feels so good to win it for her.”
Barr-Reeve will play at the winner of the Sectional 64 championship, which will be either Tecumseh or Northeast Dubois Tuesday evening.
“Whoever we face, whether it’s Tecumseh or Dubois - if we come out and play like we did tonight, we have a real good chance.”
Barr-Reeve 110 104 4 - 11 13 0
Loogootee 000 000 0 ¬ 0 3 3
Kavanaugh and Dant; Bridges and Bowling. W-Kavanaugh L-Bridges HR: (B-R) Chestnut.