The more things change the more they stay the same. This is an old saying, but it fits perfectly when looking at the area’s baseball teams in 2014. One month into the season, there have been plenty of competitive games, but some teams have already separated themselves from the pack as we head toward the postseason. Vincennes Rivet entered the season as the presumed top team in the area and nothing has changed in that respect.
Entering the season, Washington was expected to go through a rebuilding season that might not be pretty at times. The Hatchets, led by veteran coach Steve Reed, started the season with four straight losses before breaking through against Loogootee. Washington earned a 6-4 win in eight innings at Les Page Field. The win not only put Washington in the win column for the first time in 2014, it seemed to instill some confidence in Reed’s young team.
Following the victory, Washington picked up three more victories against South Knox, White River Valley and Linton. Washington isn’t among the leaders at the plate or on the mound, but true to form, Reed’s group is fighting every time out. Washington stands at 5-7, but the Hatchets could be at 6-5 if not for close losses to Barr-Reeve and Edgewood by a combined three runs.
Unfortunately for the Hatchets, effort will struggle against supremely talented teams like Jasper, who took down Washington 22-4 last week. Washington will likely see the Wildcats in the sectional, a tournament Jasper has won 10 times since 2000.
In Class A, Barr-Reeve, Loogootee and North Daviess continue to beat up on each other. The Lions have been the best of the three historically with their 20 sectional titles since 1967 and more recently with five since 2001. Loogootee let a few games slip through its fingers early in the season, but have now won five in a row with a 9-6 record.