MONTGOMERY — Early in the 2014 baseball season, fielding the ball cleanly has been an issue at times for Barr-Reeve, but the Vikings learned the hard way Friday evening that there is no defense for a long home run.
Class A No. 11 Barr-Reeve (7-3) fell 13-5 to No. 4 Vincennes Rivet (8-2) as the Patriots slugged four home runs in a key Blue Chip Conference matchup.
The Patriots jumped on the Vikings immediately with seven runs in the first five innings and even dispatching Barr-Reeve starting pitcher Adam Graber in two short innings. Logan James picked up the slack for the next four innings and Trevor Yoder pitched the seventh. Graber allowed three runs in the first two innings on two hits and three walks and a two-run homer off the bat of Tanner Thomas.
"Well they were hitting him hard and I didn't want him to go out there and get driven out of the game," said Barr-Reeve coach Nathan Lester. "I preferred to make a switch after he got out of the inning. For the young pitches it's just as much a mental thing. I think he could have continued, but I thought it was a good time to make a switch."
The Vikings trailed 7-1 when they came to bat in the bottom of the fifth as the offense finally found some momentum.
In the bottom of the fifth, Barr-Reeve scored four runs on four hits on three errors by Rivet to cut the Patriot lead to 7-5. The Vikings scored two runs on an odd dropped third strike call with Lucas Graber at the plate. Rivet catcher airmaliled a routine throw to first base, allowing Cain Miller and James to score and Miller found himself at third base after an overthrow by right fielder Jackson Niehaus.