WESTVILLE — A baseball game doesn’t need to be well played to be competitive.
That was the situation on Wednesday as the Westville Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Oakwood Comets in a Vermilion Valley Conference contest.
Westville senior Dillon Turner struck out Oakwood senior Skyler Slade with the bases loaded in the seventh to secure the victory and get the save in a contest that featured nine errors and 12 walks between the two teams.
“It was not a well-played game in the least bit,’’ Westville coach Joe Brazas said. “I knew that Oakwood would come here and give us a good fight, and both teams fought hard.
“I’m just happy to get the win.’’
Turner, who is scheduled to start Westville’s game today against Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, faced just one batter as he threw three pitches to get the strikeout.
“We didn’t get the hit that we needed,’’ Oakwood coach Bob Sermak said. “Skyler knew he was going to get three curve balls. I walked over and told him that he was going to see nothing but curve balls. I told him to move up in the box and see if he could get a hanger.
“He didn’t get one and he didn’t get it done.’’
But Sermak knew that Wednesday’s contest wasn’t lost in the seventh, it was a six-run third inning for the Tigers — only four runs were earned — that really was the death knell for his Comets.
“A whole bunch of unearned runs will kill you in high school baseball,’’ said Sermak, who team gave up three unearned tallies. “Walks and errors kill you in high school baseball — always have and always will.
“You can’t give a team five and six outs in an inning. You just can’t do it.’’