CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Fort Campbell baseball traveled to Northwest High to take on the Vikings on their senior night on Friday. At the end of the season, each team was looking for a win to build momentum going forward.
North West pitcher Tyler Phillips takes the mound against Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
Fort Campbell pitcher Ethan Egner delivers a pitch to home plate against Northwest on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
The North West base runner reaches base against Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
Joesph Stuewe of Fort Campbell as he watches the North West pitcher deliver a pitch on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
North West base runner Hunter Swanson runs as the team takes on Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
North West forward Coleton Montjoy at home plate as the team takes on Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
Fort Campbell wide receiver Angel Garcia catches a pitch as his team takes on Northwest on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
The North West players watch the game as they take on Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
The North West players celebrate after their win over Fort Campbell on April 29, 2022. (Ryan Vinson)
The Falcons entered the game looking to end a seven-game losing streak, while the Vikings arrived on a three-game winning streak. At the end of the day, Northwest and its offensive surge silenced Fort Campbell in just three innings of play. The Vikings shut out the Falcons 15-0, and patience was a big part of their success.
After a 1-2-3 inning and Garrett Roberts reaching on an error, Northwest worked four straight walks to score the first run of the ball game. It would be the first of nine runs in the set in total.
The Vikings finally battled around their lineup and Roberts returned to the plate once more. At this point in the match, the score was already 6-0. The North West leadoff batter ended up putting the exclamation mark on the inning. Roberts hit a three-run inside the park homer for the team’s last run in the first inning.
“Patience in the penalty area is key to hitting, and that certainly plays a role in our team’s recent success,” Northwest head coach Chris Benne said. “Anytime you come into a game where your offense faces a left-handed pitcher, a team has to stay disciplined. Our guys executed the game plan, which will be important as we get closer to district play.
Northwest hit 15 total runs on the night after a trio of singles, three walks and a triple in the final inning. Even though the game was shortened, North West starting pitcher Tyler Phillips went a no-hitter in three innings of action. His ability to eliminate batters was on full display as he fanned six on his start.
Following their victory, Benne detailed what the overall impact of his seniors on and off the pitch has meant for his programme.
“Our senior class is led by AJ Harris and Garrett Roberts, two players who are everyday starters for the team. At the end of the season, these guys will be mentioned in discussions for teams from all regions and all the districts.
“The program also revolves around Coleton Montjoy and Noah Weber. These seniors encompass the team and they are plugged in when needed. This allowed the underclasses to grow below them and they accepted their roles within the organization. Their overall impact on the players around them is what makes the pair so special. Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without our elders, so I’m very grateful to have spent time together.
Benne also thanked crew chief Sarah Black for all her hard work throughout her four years at Northwest. He spoke highly of how proactive Black had been since joining the team. Black comes from a family of North West managers.
North West winning pitcher: Tyler Phillips – 3 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts, 0 hits, 0 earned runs and 1 walk allowed
Fort Campbell losing pitcher: Ethan Egner – 2 innings pitched, 1 strikeout, 7 hits, 13 earned runs and 12 walks allowed
North West Batting Leaders: Garrett Roberts – 1 for 3, 1 homer, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base; AJ Harris – 1 for 1, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and 2 walked; Cade Steiner – 2 for 2, 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base; Nathan McEwen-Geise – 1 for 1 and 3 RBI; David Ludlow – 1 for 1, 1 RBI and 1 run scored; Noah Weber – 0 for 0, 2 RBIs, 1 run scored and 3 walked