MONTGOMERY — It’s a simplistic approach, but baseball isn’t rocket science. Hit the ball, catch the ball and throw the ball.
Wednesday night that approach proved successful for Class A No. 11 Barr-Reeve (7-2) in the Vikings’ 11-0 five inning win over North Knox, aided by three home runs and eight RBIs from Adam Graber and Seth Swartzentruber.
Graber opened the game with a solo home run off North Knox (5-6) starting pitcher Shanson Lamb to set the tone for a big offensive day from the Vikings. Graber, however, wasn’t done. The sophomore outfielder sent the fans home with a walk off three-run blast over the left field wall off North Knox reliever Christopher Graman to finish off the 10-run victory in the bottom of the fifth.
“He (Graber) did that last game with a home run to set the tone for us,” said Barr-Reeve coach Nathan Lester. “He’s swinging the bat well and seeing the ball well — that’s pretty obvious. He’s a nice talent and it’s nice to start the game off like that. I thought overall everyone swung the ball really well.”
In the bottom of the second, Swartzentruber connected on a two-run homer to push the lead to 3-0 before an out was recorded in the inning. Swartzentruber added an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to give the junior outfielder four RBIs, matching Graber. For Swartzentruber, it has been a tough road back to being healthy and getting back in the lineup for the Vikings.
“Seth (Swartzentruber) actually got hurt at the end of basketball season and I hated it, because he was going to be on the state team and he wasn’t able to do that because his knee was hurt. He had surgery and he had to sit out the first week of the (baseball) season and then once he got in the lineup, he’s made an offensive impact from the beginning. I’m real proud of him for the way he’s come out and swung the bat.”