It may be the ultimate sign of respect in sports. Refusing to allow an athlete to compete against you because you fear he or she has the power to single-handedly beat you.
It was that kind of week for Isaac Wengert.
During Wednesday’s 8-7 home loss to Manheim Central, Wengert was shown that type of respect, as the Barons intentionally walked him, not once, but two times. When Central had pitched to Wengert earlier in the contest, the Northern Lebanon center-fielder had gone deep twice, as part of a three-for-three performance that featured four RBIs and three runs scored.
But Wengert’s week was far from over. Then on Friday in Fredericksburg, Wengert strutted his stuff in front of rival Cedar Crest.
Wengert was the winning pitcher in a 7-2 defeat of the Falcons, going the distance on a five-hitter, while fanning five and issuing one free pass. At the dish against Crest, Wengert also contributed two hits – one of which was a double – and three RBIs.
The Vikings’ win over Cedar Crest kept their hopes of qualifying for the District Three Class AAA postseason alive.
– Jeff Falk