Vikings humble Eagles
West Vigo’s baseball team turned Lanesville’s Ed Jaegers Memorial Field into a merry-go-round Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Vikings posted 18 runs in the first game and then came back in the second half of the double-header to post 19 more.
The leader of the pack for West Vigo was senior Lenny Leclercq, who went 5-6 with three home runs, nine RBI and crossed the plate four times in the 18-2 and 19-2 whippings of the Eagles.
West Vigo hit five homers on the afternoon.
In Game One, West Vigo plated eight runs in the opening inning against Lanesville starting pitcher Eric Hess. Hess lasted two and two-thirds innings, giving up 14 hits, four walks and striking out six.
Hess walked the first batter, Sean Lowe, and gave up a single to Eric Favre. Leclercq then bashed a towering, three-run blast that landed in a rock pile next to the old Lanesville Milling Co.
Kyle Crockett struck out, but Josh Piper picked him up by rapping a single, moving to second on an error and stealing third. Hess looked like he might get out of the jam after getting Mickey Dunning to pop out, but Billy Nevill slapped a single to left center for a RBI.
Kevin Gibson walked and Corey Fagg marked a RBI single. Lowe struck out but made it to first on an error to load the bases. Favre was plunked, driving in a run, and Leclercq came through with a RBI single for his team’s eighth run.
Crockett struck out for the second time in the inning to close out the top half of the frame.
Lanesville went scoreless in the first before giving up four more runs to West Vigo in the second inning.
The Eagles marked their only scores of the game in the second.
Steven Lewis walked and stole second, and then scored after a pair of errors by Gibson.
With two outs, Seth Jacobs walked and stole second, and then Hess helped his own cause by knocking a RBI double.
Vigo would go on to send six more runners across the plate over the next three innings to end the game by virtue of the 10-run rule, 18-2.
The second contest started in identical fashion as the first.
Lowe walked, Favre singled and Leclercq smacked a three-run homer into a tree beyond the left field fence. The ball ricocheted off several branches before splashing into Smith Creek.
Crockett was hit by a pitch from Scott Lewis and two batters later, Dunning hit a home run to left for a five-run first.
In the bottom of the inning, Lanesville got one of those runs back as Hess walked and was driven in by Casey Schultz’ two-out single.
The Vikings bounced back by posting 12 runs in the top of the second, including round-trippers by Leclercq (two RBI) and Piper (a shot off the scoreboard that knocked in two RBI). Lanesville had five errors in the inning.
Leclercq has already signed with Indiana University and is expected to be one of those taken when Major League Baseball conducts its draft this summer.
‘I was very impressed with the attitude of the Lanesville players,’ Vigo coach Steve DeGroote said.
He has eight starters returning from a team that finished one game from the state championship last year. ‘We are as good as any team in the state. I say that to say that the Lanesville players never gave up. The coach kept a very, very positive attitude. I hope they keep their heads up.
‘Lanesville has some good, young talent. If they put the time in, they will be good.’
For the Eagles in the first game, Hess was 2-3 with a double and a RBI and had his team’s only hits in the affair.