Vikes open season with a win over Clay City

Mar. 28—MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve Viking baseball team looked very much like the team that made a state finals visit last June.

The No. 1 Vikes opened up the year with a win over Clay City on Thursday at Joe Rademacher Field.

Hunter Yoder threw a solid five innings and Levi Lester finished out with two scoreless innings to cap off the 6-0 win.

Although it took four innings to score, B-R used 10 hits to bang out six runs without ever facing a serious threat from the Eels. Lester ended the night with two RBIs, while Braydon Knepp had two of the 10 hits.

Yoder started off the Vikings season giving up a walk, however it didn't take long to settle down and retire the next three batters in order.

Barr-Reeve also put the lead runner on and used small ball to move Ethan Stoll to third, but was unable to bring him the final 90 feet.

Yoder added two more Ks in the second, but Trey Dayhoff was just as effective with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.

Kendall Graber led off the third with a single for BR and looked to have a chance to score but was thrown out from right after a an Ethan Graber single and the game remained scoreless at 0-0. Although Seth Wagler added a double in the fourth the pitchers' duel continued.

The Vikes got the first run of the game after a Kylan Lengacher single, a sacrifice from Kendall Graber. Braydon Knepp then added a double in the gap and B-R was up 1-0. Luke Laswell then relieved Dayhoff and Levi Lester added a double for his first RBI and a 2-0 lead. Jake Pauw made it 4-0 with a single, giving B-R a comfortable lead after five innings.

Clay City made another pitching change in the bottom of the sixth bringing in Dailon Keller. The Vikes added their fifth run after Tyson Graber reached on a walk and scored on Lengacher's double. Braydon Knepp made it 6-0 with a single. B-R almost added one more run after a single from Ethan Graber but another good throw for the second tine in the game cut down Knepp at the plate.

The Vikings remain at home on Saturday and host 3A Heritage Hills in a double-header starting at noon.